Welcome to another Friday and another children’s book review!
We spent quite a bit of time at my extended family’s farm during January and December. Since we’ve returned, the kids have been asking for more farm stories. Here’s one of our all-time favourites.
Muddled-up Farm / Mike Dumbleton and Jobi Murphy
(Random House, 2002)
This book is an absolute delight to read. In Muddled-up Farm, the animals are a bit… well, muddled-up (spoiler alert!). The cat moos, the goat woofs and the bull oinks. And that’s just the start of it.
But then a farm inspector arrives. It takes time, but he manages to teach the animals what to say. Or so he thinks…
I run a weekly music group program for toddlers and pre-schoolers, and last year I ran a series of farm-themed sessions. At the end of those sessions, I read Muddled-up Farm, and the children loved it. Even now, six months and four programs later, some of those children still ask for Muddled-up Farm at the end of music group!
The best part is that I’m yet to get sick of reading it. It’s just too fun.
Highly recommended for children aged born and up. (The littlies love to listen to it; bigger kids love to join in with the animal noises. Or correct your animal noises.) You can purchase Muddled-up Farm from Booktopia here, or from Book Depository here.
Have you read Muddled-up Farm? What did you think?
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