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3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  864 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
When the children go back to school, the animals on the farm are bored, so they go into the library in town trying to find something to do.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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Richie Partington
Jul 15, 2013 Richie Partington rated it it was amazing
2/23/2001 BOOK! BOOK! BOOK! by Deborah Bruss, Illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke, Arthur A. Levine Books May 2001

In those years when I'd do daily circle times with preschoolers and kindergarteners, I used to love to have the children act out stories from picture books they knew from repeated readings. Depending upon the age group, I'd utilize books such as CAPS FOR SALE,THE WOLF'S CHICKEN STEW, THE PEA PATCH JIG, MUSHROOM IN THE RAIN and John Burningham's RABBIT.

It took me awhile to understand why I
Carol Royce Owen
May 01, 2015 Carol Royce Owen rated it it was amazing
An engaging story for children about some bored farm animals who head to town to find something to do. When they see the happy faces of the children and adults coming from the library, they each go inside to see if there is something they can do there. Unfortunately, the librarian is unable to understand them until the hen, who started the trip in the first place, finally gets the librarian to understand what they want. So all ends happy for most of the animals that night as they all have a spec ...more
Apr 11, 2016 Kristen rated it liked it
Good for storytime, also makes a decent flannel story.
Jonathan Fifer
Oct 31, 2015 Jonathan Fifer rated it it was amazing
Animals on a farm are bored when the kids they play with go off to school, so they decide to go to town to find something to do. They come across a library, and one by ask the librarian for something to do, but the librarian only hears their animal noises (neigh, moo, etc.), and can't tell what they want so they leave sad. Finally, the hen goes up and says "book! Book! Book!" (said like chicken noises) so the librarian gives them books. They all go back to the farm and have fun reading the books ...more
Michelle McBeth
SUMMARY: Everyone is happy on the farm--animals and children alike--until the children have to go back to school. The animals are sad and bored so they go into town to find something to do. They see a library where people look happy. Horse tries first to go in and ask for something to do, but the librarian does not understand him. One after another the animals try to speak to the librarian without success. Finally, the hen, determined to be heard, says her piece. The librarian believes the hen h ...more
May 28, 2015 Laurie rated it did not like it
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Erick Escalera
Sep 14, 2014 Erick Escalera rated it liked it
This children's book characterized farm animals in relatable circumstances. This book was fun since the farm animals had very human emotions that was understandable to all readers. The characters were animals that were suffering from boredom. All the animals go through an array of emotions. Giving a specific emotion and illustration for each animal. The animals then agree to seek out something to do. The book also showed careful consideration of diction using alliteration and distinct adjectives ...more
Apr 24, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it
The farm animals take a trip to the library, but the librarian has trouble understanding what they want because she doesn't speak horse or cow or goat or pig. Enter hen to save the day! When hen says "Book!" the librarian says "How Many?"

A fun read aloud with beautiful watercolor and acrylic illustrations. I especially love the humorous ending!
Aileen Galaz
Sep 02, 2015 Aileen Galaz rated it liked it
What a selfish bullfrog! As I was reading this book I was noticing the frog was always in the background reading and kept wondering why he didn't help them! The bullfrog comes across kind of snobbish for this. This also makes going back to school seem like a negative thing, and Lord knows we do not need to add to that fire in kids. We want school and reading to be positive activities and I'm not sure that this book portrays them that way. I do like that the animals stuck together and figured out ...more
Nancy Jo Lambert
May 12, 2011 Nancy Jo Lambert rated it really liked it
This is a great read aloud that I used at the beginning of the year on recommendation from my predecessor. I like that the barnyard animals participate in going ot the library to get books.

I used a chicken/ hen puppet when I read this one. Great for storytime!
Jan 12, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
In general, I try not to read reviews, professional or otherwise, before I write my goodreads reviews, just as I try to limit what I read about a book before reading it. I don't want to influence my opinion or experience with a book ahead of time. But I happened on the SLJ review of Book! Book! Book! and was surprised by how negative it was. What it came down to was that the book was predictable and reused an old joke ("Book! Book! BOOK!" as the chicken's refrain). And there's no denying it; in ...more
Jan 18, 2014 Allie rated it really liked it
This book is good for kindergarten. In this story the farm animals are bored and decide to wander. They find a building where people keep going and they decide to go in. The animals go into the building, which is a library and try and check out a book. When they go to check out the books the librarian doesn’t understand what they are saying because all they can say is “oink” or “moo” or “neigh”. Then the hen comes along and says Book! Book! Book! Then all the animals get what they want since the ...more
Jul 28, 2013 Polly rated it really liked it
I dislike a lot of "library-visit" books, but this one I quite like. It's cute, it's fun, and animal sounds are always helpful for preschoolers.
Sandi Roe
Feb 25, 2014 Sandi Roe rated it it was amazing
This story went over very well for library storytime! It is a fine example that size doesn't mean anything. After the kids go back to school, the animals are bored. Hen decides to go into town to find something to do. The other animals follow her to the public library. As she is about to go in, horse tells her she is too small. Horse, then cow, goat and pig all try to tell the librarian what they want, but she doesn't understand any of them. Finally, hen tells them she is going in, and she does. ...more
Shannan Dahlka
Sep 01, 2015 Shannan Dahlka rated it liked it
This is a cute book about farm animals who, out of boredom, try and communicate with a librarian to give them books, but initially cannot. The author does a good job of personifying the animals with recognizable human characteristics, which I enjoyed. I think children will enjoy seeing animals also interested in books, proving that truly everyone reads. The cute and witty ending would attract many young readers, along with the adorable and elementary feel of the illustrations.
Eva Johnson
Jan 18, 2016 Eva Johnson rated it liked it
"Book! Book! Book!" is a book about animals who are bored and seek to find a happy place like the library to get books. The only problem is that most of the animals, but the hen, voices are not understandable to the librarian. Just by chance, the hen voice sounds like Book! Book! Book! in which the librarian could understand. So the Hen gets to take 3 books home to read to the other animals which makes them happy, but the bullfrog who says "read it!, read it!, read it!
Renate Robey
The animals on the farm are bored because all the children have gone back to school. They decide to go to the library but the librarian doesn't understand them until the hen goes in and says "book book book!" This book promotes print motivation and allows the children to interact by making the animal noises. It took a little explanation for the kids to understand the play on words with the hen clucking "book book book"
Linda B
Sep 10, 2015 Linda B rated it it was amazing
This is probably my favorite on my "Books about Books and Reading" shelf. Fun to read and I can handle reading it a dozen or more times in one week if I have to. (Which is a characteristic of all on this list.) One just needs to be sure and say "book" like a chicken would, something close to Bawk! if you know what I mean!

This is one I have to have for my personal library!

Feb 02, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Overall this was a good book for young children. It would allow you the opportunity to express to children how books can be fun and keep you entertained. The illustrations were bright and colorful and the use of the animal sounds throughout the book would add a silly factor that young children would enjoy. The way that animals had acted in a way similar to humans would keep the attention of young children also.
Paul  Hankins
A super story with an ending sure to satisfy the younger set.

The patience of librarians everywhere is showcased in this book about a group of farm animals with nothing to do now that the kids have gone back to school.

Except to go into town.

And when they find a place where everyone leaving has a happy face, they sense that they have found THE place.

Hen offers to go first, but the other animals decide that she is too small to accomplish the task.

Classic set up for the Book! Book! Book! punchline
Oct 24, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime
When children go away to school one day, the animals on the farm have nothing to do! In their boredom, they decide to go to town and see if there is any fun to be had there. They see a building that smiling people are coming out of the library and they decide there must be something fun in there! After all of the animals try to talk to the librarian, only the hen is able to ask for the fun they all desire...
Filled with animal noises that kids love helping you read, the end joke mayyy be a little
Christopher Poston
Jan 31, 2016 Christopher Poston rated it it was amazing
This children book is about farm animals having with children until they have to go to school. They were bored and went to find something to do.

I like the book because it shows the determination. If a person wants to something and they determine to do it, then the person will be able to do anything that on their mind.
Diana Thomsen
Mar 12, 2016 Diana Thomsen rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime
Cute book. I totally identified with the confused look on the face of the librarian when the animals "talk" to her! lol I didn't personally care for the illustrations, but that's just a personal preference.
Jun 07, 2011 Ina rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite book at Storytime. This illustrations are sweet and there are animals and a library...and animal sounds. What more could you ask for in a read aloud? When the kids go back to school the farm animals are sad and bored and wander off to town in search of something fun to do. They see happy people coming out of the library and so, one by one, they go in and ask the librarian for help. The problem is that she can't understand them, until finally the chicken goes in and clucks, " ...more
Ms. Campbell
Jan 24, 2016 Ms. Campbell added it
Shelves: animals
I loved this book because the author used great verbs for the animal movements. It's a book that your are to read just right to appreciate. Can't wait to read it to the class.
Maggie Burgess
Oct 17, 2015 Maggie Burgess rated it it was ok
Nothing earth shattering, but a cute story. I can see young children enjoying this. Not a book I'd have in my classroom, but maybe in a young child's at home library.
Ms. B
Aug 24, 2015 Ms. B rated it liked it
Shelves: picture, 2015
Stick with this silly story of farm animals trying to checkout a book from their local library until the end. The joke on the last page made me laugh out loud!
Rosa Cline
Jun 15, 2016 Rosa Cline rated it liked it
What a fun back to school book! The farm animals doesn't know what happened to all their fun days with the children. The Children have all gone away and they don't know 'where' they are all bored. So they head out to find them and come across not the school but the public library! They each go in and ask the librarian to help but she doesn't understand their 'neigh' 'moo' etc. Until the chicken says "Book" "Book" and then the librarian helps them and sends books home with them. A really fun ...more
Callie Rose Tyler
Mar 30, 2014 Callie Rose Tyler rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Very cute with nice watercolor illustrations.

This book has a lot of opportunities for children to play along with the different animal sounds.

Octavio Robles
I would read this to my kids at home. This book covered the importance of sound recognition as well the fun kids can have on summer break.
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