CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 11 . . . . November 11, 2011
In Ohi’s fifth book of the “Chicken, Pig and Cow” series, the three clay animals are carried off to school with their owner, Girl. Surprised by all the noise and commotion around them, the animals try to make sense of their new surroundings. They are even more surprised when a real hamster approaches their popsicle stick barn. The animals are afraid that “Furface” will eat their barn, and so they try coaxing him back into his cage. In a hilarious attempt to lead him back to safety, the trio throw pieces of lettuce at the hamster, saying “Fetch” and “Follow the Leader”. Finally the hamster returns to his cage with lettuce for lunch, much to the relief of Chicken, Pig and Cow. In spite of the “Furface” episode, it has been a great trip to school with Girl, but the animals are happy to return home.
Ohi’s clever word choice creates a lot of humour with very few words. The dialogue among the three animals is simple but funny as they try to understand where they are. The text is well spaced out on the page, making it easy to read aloud or for young children to read themselves.
Claire Perrin is an elementary school teacher-librarian with the Toronto District School Board.
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