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A Twisted Tale by Carolyn Fisher

A Twisted Tale

by Carolyn Fisher

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Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2002 (Vol. 70, No. 8))
Fisher punches up a well-worn plot with vivid language and swirling modernist art that incorporates an equally wild hand-lettered text. After a twister that 'howled like a prom queen steppin' on a cow patty' passes, young Bailey discovers that the farm animals have switched identities: the pig's quacking, the cow's sitting on the nest, the duck is chewing its cud. What to do? The vet shrugs, hypnosis fails, even psychoanalysis (visualize that cow on a couch) doesn't work. Finally, after a flash of inspiration, Bailey leads her mangled menagerie off to a carnival where a ride on (what else?) The Twister spins the animals back to their old selves. But Bailey comes out-curled. 'Uh-oh,' her American Gothic parents mutter. Readers who find Causley's 'Quack,' Said the Billy Goat (1986), or Most's Cow That Went Oink (1990) a trifle sedate won't have that problem with this unrestrained solo debut.. Category: Picture book. Ages 6 to 8. © 2002 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375815406, Hardcover)

Bailey Tarbell is in a pickle. A tornado swooped down and sucked all the animals on her farm up into the air. When it finally spat them out again, they were all mixed up. The cow now clucks and tries to sit on eggs, the cat chases the dog who hisses and runs up trees, the pig quacks, the duck moos, and the chickens are all rooting in the mud. What’s a farm girl to do? The vet is stumped, demonstrating proper behavior hasn’t helped, even hypnosis is a flop. But then–eureka!–Bailey gets a brainstorm to beat that tornado. She loads all the animals into the truck and heads for the carnival! After a wild ride on “The Twister,” the animals are all singing the right tunes again. But now Bailey is a little mixed up. . . .

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:32 -0400)

After a tornado hits Bailey Tarbell's family farm all the animals are mixed up and it takes some creative thinking for Bailey to get things straightened out--almost!

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