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Old MacNoah Had an Ark    by Sally Lloyd-Jones & Jill Newton order for
Old MacNoah Had an Ark
by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Order:  USA  Can
HarperCollins, 2008 (2008)

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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

I have to rate this picture book highly if for no other reason than that my children burst into fits of uncontrollable hysterical laughter while I was reading it to them. (I suspect it's because the book contains the word poo.) But their reaction aside, Old MacNoah Had an Ark well deserves a high rating.

If you haven't already guessed from the title, this book is a sing-song retelling of Old MacDonald Had a Farm, but it stars Noah and the animals he loaded onto the ark. Here's an example of the newly revised lyrics:

'Old MacNoah built an art, Ee-i-ee-i-o.
And for that ark he got some wood, Ee-i-ee-i-o.
With a Bang! Bang! here
And a Bang! Bang! there,
Here a Bang! There a Bang!
Everywhere a Bang! Bang!
Old MacNoah built an ark, Ee-i-ee-i-o.

The illustrations are lively and perfectly capture the intended humorous tone. This delightful offering is proof that children's books do not need to be complex or moralistic - often, just a fun read-aloud, for no other reason than to entertain, is just what the doctor ordered.

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