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McGillycuddy Could!

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  62 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Introducing a new kangaroo character-McGillycuddy! A young read-aloud from popular picture book author Pamela Duncan Edwards. McGillycuddy is new to the barnyard, and the other animals have never seen a kangaroo before. They try to figure out what McGillycuddys do: Make milk? Grow wool? Lay eggs? No, McGillycuddy can't do any of those things, but she can scare away a threa ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 2005 by Katherin Tegen Books and Imprint of HarperCollinsPulishers
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Jun 16, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
McGillycuddy is a kangaroo who is a new kid on the block.. er.. barnyard.

Upon his arrival, McGillycuddy is obviously different from the other animals and has very different talents. While the sheep provides wool and the cow provides milk, MiGillycuddy can't do any of these things. What he can do, however - proves to be very useful!

This book is beautifully illustrated, and McGillycuddy and the other animals are cuddly and adorable looking. The text is well paced and the pictures provide a great d
Sandi Roe
Oct 16, 2014 Sandi Roe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family
All the farm animals are confused about what type of animal McGillicuddy is, and what he can contribute to the farm. Great book to teach kids what each animal does to help the farmer.
Amy Forrester
Aug 08, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
The animals on the farm have never seen a kangaroo until McGillycuddy arrives. Curious about the newcomer, the farm animals ask McGillycuddy what she can do. Can she make milk like the cow? Lay eggs like the hen? Grow wool like the sheep? She tries with all her might, but McGillycuddy couldn’t. She can hop, jump, bounce, and kick, but the other animals aren’t impressed at all. McGillycuddy feels horrible and is about to leave the farm, but who will save the duck from becoming the fox's supper? M ...more
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Edwards, Pamela Duncan., and Sue Porter. McGillycuddy Could! New York: Katherine Tegen, 2005. Print
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Pamela Duncan Edwards is the author of many excellent picture books. In McGillycuddy Could, we have the story of a kangaroo who arrives on a farm. The other animals are all curious as to what McGillycuddy can do to help out the farm. He can't give milk and he can't lay eggs but he can jump, hop, and kick. When a fox ar
Although McGillicuddy the kangaroo cannot produce wool or milk or lay eggs, the other animals learn that kangaroos can bring special skills to the farm. McGillycuddy is new to the farm. What use is McGillycuddy, wonder the cow, sheep, hen, and rooster. She can't make milk. She can't lay eggs. She can't even "Cock-a-doodle- doo!" So what do McGillycuddys do? Young readers will delight in this boisterous read-aloud and enjoy discovering all the special things a McGillycuddy can do!
Lot of fiction w
Wooden Horse
Aug 07, 2013 Wooden Horse rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Ages 4 - 7
Shelves: picture-books
This is a book from my personal library that we have never carried at the store. I got a copy years ago that I picked up during an author visit at a store I used to work at. I liked it and rather than getting her current book had her sign this one because I have a cousin with a similar name to the main character. It's the story of a kangaroo that comes to the farm only to find out that it can't do anything useful for the farmer. That is until the fox shows up. That McGillycuddy can help and ever ...more
When a kangaroo hops onto a farm and announces himself as a McGillycuddy the other farm animals ask him what he can do. Make milk? Grow wool? Lay eggs? Wake the farmer? McGillycuddy can do none of these things and after increasing sadness at each unsuccessful attempt he finally leaves the farm feeling like he can't do anything at all except bounce, hop, jump and kick.

But when a wolf shows up on the farm looking for a tasty treat, namely a duck, McGillycuddy comes to the rescue with his mighty ki
Jan 01, 2013 Elaine rated it really liked it
This was a bit of a last-minute selection for a kindergarten lesson on book covers, but it ended up being a perfect pick. It gave us a nice "moral" to talk about - how it's important to try new things and how different people are good at different things. It also was a great lead-in to beginning to create our own books about the things each student can do. We only got to the covers so far, but it will be nice to continue as we continue to talk about different parts of books.
Rebecca Cimino
Jul 25, 2012 Rebecca Cimino rated it it was amazing
What use is a kangaroo on a farm? Told through the pattern of farm animals asking McGillycuddy what he can do – “but McGillycuddy couldn’t.” – this book is full of lively illustrations, and an important message. McGillycuddy might not be able to make milk, or eggs, or wool, but it turns out that a McGillycuddy just might be a very useful and special thing to have around after all. The message is one that will inspire children, even as they enjoy the silly story.
Oct 03, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2013
This is a cute story about embracing our own special talents and realizing that we are all different. The introduction of a kangaroo to a barnyard setting is interesting and unusual (unless, perhaps you live on a farm in Australia!) The narrative is short and fun to read aloud and the watercolor illustrations are humorous and adorable. We enjoyed reading this book together.
Oct 29, 2014 Elaine rated it really liked it
McGillycuddy Could tells of the different things going on in the farm that McGillycuddy the kangaroo, well...just couldn't. It became very sad when McGillycuddy thought he could, until something came along. The illustrations contrast well with softer tones on each page. The children enjoyed the McGillycuddy the character and the story, especially the ending.
Apr 06, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it
McGillycuddy can't lay eggs or make wool, but he can Bounce! Actually a pretty fun little story, and McGillycuddy is a fun name to say and there is a fair amount of repetition. Also, might be good for talking about Australia.
Kate Hastings
Oct 14, 2008 Kate Hastings rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: toddler preschool storytime pockets kangaroos
Shelves: picturebooks
Fun, short story for toddler storytime on pockets. McGillycuddy is a kangaroo. Several farm animals question his usefulness until he defeats a hungry fox!
Dec 04, 2009 Aspasia rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-aidan
Just because you can't lay eggs or grow wool doesn't mean you don't have unique talents of your own.
Apr 07, 2016 Laura rated it liked it
Cute story about every animal finding their unique strength.
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May 02, 2011 LoriAnn Kocialski rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hannah-s-books
This is such a cute story!
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Pamela Duncan Edwards grew up in northern England and moved to the United States several years ago with her husband and two sons. She has lived in the Washington, D.C. area ever since. Her father wrote children’s stories for magazines in England and his love of children’s literature was a huge influence on her. Pamela taught preschool for eleven years in England before becoming a children’s librar ...more
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