Click, Clack, Boo! (Click Clack)

by Doreen Cronin (Author) Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)

Click, Clack, Boo! (Click Clack)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Click Clack

Farmer Brown does not like Halloween. So he draws the shades, puts on his footy pajamas, and climbs into bed.

But do you think the barnyard animals have any respect for a man in footy pajamas? No, they do not. For them, the Halloween party has just begun. And we all know these critters far prefer tricks over treats.

There are big surprises in store for Farmer Brown!

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Kirkus Reviews

Sweet and silly—good enough for Halloween . (Picture book. 3-6)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--Cronin and Lewin have teamed up again to bring Farmer Brown and his clever barnyard animals back for a Halloween read-aloud. Farmer Brown leaves a bowl of candy on the porch, locks up the house, puts up a "Do Not Disturb" sign, and prepares to sleep through the holiday, but his animals have other plans for the evening. The repeated use of onomatopoeia successfully sets the mood for a crunching, creaking, tapping-filled night as the man is kept awake by the noise. When he spies a dark, lurking figure through the window, he realizes that his animal friends are at it again. His candy has disappeared and a new note appears on his door-"Halloween Party at the Barn!" Lewin's broad, black lines and watercolor paintings add just the right amount of shadow and spookiness to complement the simple text, creating a story that is creepy enough for Halloween storyhours, but not enough to scare young listeners. Fans of this creative team's other barnyard adventures will not be surprised to learn the identity of the caped figure responsible for the revelry and will enjoy this Halloween treat.--Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY

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Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

Farmer Brown has endured a lot in Cronin and Lewin's Click, Clack, Moo series, and in this sixth book, he's up against a holiday he hates, Halloween: "Witches give him nightmares. Pirates give him shivers." He's in the minority on the farm, though, as the sheep, mice, chickens, and more don costumes for a barn party. And who exactly is that "dark creature standing beneath the trees," with a vampire cape and an orange bill? Cronin makes delicious use of onomatopoeia and repetition to generate eerie tension, and Lewin's moonlit watercolors add just the right touch of spookiness. Ages 3-7. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Aug.)

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
August 20, 2013
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