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In, Over and On the Farm

by Ethan Long

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Ethan Long's concept stories are one of the new comic easy reader series and one that, I think, is successful because it stands on its own and doesn't try to imitate other popular series. Like, as it may be, Elephant and Piggie.

Three short chapters illustrate three prepositions in hilarious art with quirky characters. The first story, "Let me in" features Hen who has been booted from her own coop by the other animals during the rain. Why? Open the lift-the-flap door and you can see it's crowded! But Hen has a solution for that...and the other animals are out in the rain themselves. Hen is back in "Jump over" as the other animals try to get her over or under the fence. Neither one works, but fortunately Cow has a solution. Pig is the protagonist of the last story, "I am on" and he certainly is - on the tractor that is! One by one the cow and goat join him until....they are no longer on the tractor. Sploosh!

Ethan Long's simple lines and colors develop the minimalist text to its full funny potential. What are at first bland sentences illustrating the prepositions become hilarious statements when paired with the animals' expressions, ranging from deadpan to mischievous, and their wacky antics.

Verdict: I'm always looking for the very beginning easy readers, with just a few words. Although this is in no way similar to the sweet and silly antics of Elephant and Piggie, Ethan Long has the same ability as Willems to capture a whole story with just simple illustrations and a few words. Highly recommended.

ISBN: 9780399169076; Published 2015 by Putnam/Viking; Borrowed from another library in my consortium
  JeanLittleLibrary | Jan 16, 2016 |
Four farmyard friends illustrate prepositional phrases as they go in and out, over and under, around, on and off. ( )
  paula-childrenslib | Dec 4, 2015 |
In! Over! and On! (The Farm) is even funnier than Up! Tall! and High!, Long's previous book in a similar vein.

In! Over!and On! can be shared as a story time book (it cracks kids up!)or used as a beginning reader. Each chapter consists of about seven sentences on as many pages and ends in a joke revealed under a flap. The farm animals are boldly and simply illustrated but packed full of expressions as they burst out of the hen house, jump a fence and launch off a tractor.

In! Over! and On! introduces prepositions, but it's also just plain fun.

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  shelf-employed | Oct 5, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399169075, Hardcover)

It’s time for fun on the farm with the Geisel Award-winning author of Up, Tall, and High!

Why is Pig inside Chicken’s coop? How many animal friends can fit on top of a tractor?

Lift the flaps to find out in three easy-to-read stories that will take readers all over the farm!

(retrieved from Amazon Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:58:01 -0400)

Four farmyard friends illustrate prepositional phrases as they go in and out, over and under, around, on and off.

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