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Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure [With Audio Recording] (Farmer Brown's Barnyard Tales)

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Step right up for this farmyard festive tale from New York Times bestselling duo Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, now available as an eBook with audio!

It’s time for the annual Corn Maze Festival. The farm is bursting with activity.

Cluck. Whack!

The chickens build a fence around the cornfield.

Moo. Thwack!

The cows give the barn a fresh coat of paint.

Thump. Quack!

Duck builds the
ebook, 40 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published September 2nd 2008)
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Janie Johnson
Feb 09, 2016 Janie Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, aeverie2016
Read this one with the Grandson and we both enjoyed it a lot. A few animals try to come together to make a corn maze of the Statue of Liberty in this whacky little adventure. It was such a fun little read to share with Aeverie. Great illustrations and a cute little crop line with some very fun characters.
Teneka Howland
Nov 11, 2009 Teneka Howland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pb-same-artist
(K - 2nd grade)

Thump, Quack, Moo is a fun story that kids will enjoy. There is some vocabulary that could prove to be challenging so this might be a great story to read-aloud rather than use for independent reading. With cartoon-like drawings, this story is very entertaining. The duck reminds me of a mischievous child. There is a bit of repitition in the book which will catch young readers' attention. The use of challenging vocabulary introduces the students to new words and will peak their curi
Aug 28, 2008 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cronin, Doreen. 2008. Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure. Illustrated by Betsy Lewin.

This picture book is in the popular series, the oh-so-wonderfully-funny, an ever-must-read series that began with Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type and continued with Giggle, Giggle, Quack, Duck for President, and Dooby Dooby Moo. The series features the almost-always-outwitted Farmer Brown and his barn animals--cows, chickens, pigs, ducks, etc. I don't believe I've reviewed any of these books (yet) for the bl
Jan 24, 2012 Luann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book, 2012
If you've read other farm adventures by Doreen Cronin, you definitely want to read this one, too! Farmer Brown has a lot to do to get ready for the annual Corn Maze Festival. He is making a Statue of Liberty corn maze and wants the animals to help get the farm spruced up for the event. The animals aren't very excited about helping, but he figures out ways to convince them. Things don't turn out quite like he expected, though - especially in regards to Duck! Will Farmer Brown never learn? :)

I lo
Michelle McBeth
SUMMARY: Farmer Brown is very excited because of the upcoming corn maze festival. He wishes to make a Statue of Liberty maze and is willing to do whatever necessary to get it done. He coerces and bribes the animals to help him build a fence, paint the barn, and make the ticket booth. Meanwhile, duck is up to something nefarious (as usual). Every day, Farmer Brown works and every night, Duck works (or unworks?). The day finally arrives for Farmer Brown to check out his maze by hot air balloon. Du ...more
Sep 09, 2008 Boni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Click, Clack, Moo is one of my all-time favorites and the sequels have had an inaurguably hard act to follow. This is the first one I have really enjoyed. It has the same wry tone of silly suspense the other sequels have never quite achieved for me and Farmer Brown and Duck are at their adversarial best. Fun!
Kate McDevitt
Feb 13, 2016 Kate McDevitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adorable. My only experience with this series was my friend reading one of the books to me this year. So when I found this one in my collection of give-aways, I gave it a quick read. Definitely adorable.

The farmer is trying to make a corn maze and enlists the help of the far animals who paint, construct, and take a correspondence course on meteorology (as you do). However, Duck is less helpful than some of the other animals and takes it upon himself to make some "improvements" to the maze. heeh
Feb 07, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A review of: Thump, Quack, Moo

Publishing Details: Thump, Quack, Moo
Author: Doreen Cronin
Year: 2008
Publishing: Simon &Schuster

Introduction: In Doreen Cronin’s Thump, Quack, Moo we are reintroduced to the beloved Farmer Brown and Duck. The story tells another hilarious encounter between Farmer Brown and his animals, mostly Duck in this case, but with an interesting twist at the end.

Description: Farmer Brown is holding his annual Corn Maze Festival and is very excited to make the Statue of
We got a few of this author's books along with our kids meals during a restaurant promotion. The animals are up to no good. They can also write/type/plan to an unnatural degree. These are a bit over my preschooler's head at the moment but she does love the repeated refrains (like click, clack, moo). Cows That Type is the best of the bunch and prompted me to get out our old electric typewriter which was a fun activity. The others are okay for an occasional read but won't become favorites.
Dec 02, 2014 Halli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
this book is cute. The illustrations for this book are cool because the illustrator outlines the pictures, characters, and animals with what looks like black crayon, and then adds color in between the black with paint. There is a really fun part in the book where the illustrator extended the page by having the child flip up the page and having the illustration really tall and long. Children love that!
Oct 18, 2015 Janet rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Print version to young children, age 4-7
This is the second children's book by Doreen Cronin that I have listened to. The problem with the audiobook is the lack of illustrations. Without the pictures, it is hard to understand the ending. I think I will stick with reading the print version of these books t better understand the humor and the story.
Not as enchanting as the others. Cute, but there's really only one joke in the thing.

We may be aging out of the Cronin oeuvre, but we've liked the others, so we'll see. Even as the reading levels increase, we still enjoy funny picture books. But we do not like sad ones. I'm confident Cronin isn't going to kill off any animals.


2009 June 6

Still cute.
1.)Teamwork can be discussed.
2.)Learning about other people feelings.
3.)Children should know of consequences for their actions.

Farmer Brown is involved in getting ready for the Annual Corn Maze Festival. He was responsible to make the Statue of Liberty Corn Maze. Farmer Brown realizes he needs help from the barnyard animals. He had to bribe and threaten them to get any participation. He goes up in a hot air balloon to show duck his masterpiece and he is surprised that duck hands were busy late
Sarah Sammis
Sep 11, 2009 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pc, read-in-2009
Every October we head to a pumpkin patch in Livermore. Besides picking out pumpkins we go through the Corn Maze. We got our copy of Thump Quack Moo by Doreen Cronin right around the time of our last trip through the Maze and laughed ourselves silly.

The book covers the planning and building of Farmer Brown's annual Corn Maze. This year he gets the whole farm involved. Unfortunately for him, the Duck has ideas of his own. The last page unfolds to reveal a top down view of the Maze they have carefu
Sep 04, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very cute book about a farmer making a corn maze and a duck that has his own idea of what the corn maze should look like. I would think it would be extra cute for kids that had been to a corn maze before and had a better idea of what a corn maze was.
Laura Mincey
Feb 16, 2011 Laura Mincey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humorous
A great humorous book apart of the series Cronin has developed around Farmer Brown and his tricky farm animals! In this story, Farmer Brown is getting ready for the county fair, and needs help from his farm animals, who can't seem to get motivated. When Duck hears Farmer Brown's plan to build a Statue of Liberty replica for the town to see, he plans to go behind all of his hard work to construct a "Duck of Liberty" instead. Farmer Brown doesn't realize Duck has gone behind his back until the two ...more
Oct 21, 2008 Ruhama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More from Farmer Brown and his chickens, cows and duck! The plot is a corn maze festival, and the famer wants everyone to help, though it takes a little bribery. His job is to cut the Statue of Liberty in the cornfield, which is, of course, undermined by duck at night. (I found it interesting that Farmer Brown had to pay the hot air balloon man to see his own field at the end...) This is a fun addition to the series, with plenty of good sound effects, side humor (like the mice making weather pre ...more
Aug 23, 2014 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Now that I have read Rescue Bunnies, these don't hold my interest as much. The illustrations are very nice, but there was a sameness to this and the other farm stories I read. A 2.5 or so, at least to me.
Katie Jelinek
This was a fun and easy read. As this book took place within a farm setting, it illustrated the concepts of teamwork, and planning as the farmer worked with other farm animals to acheive a task. The author focused on the idea that in order to end at the desired result, it takes time, patience, planning and hard work in order to get there. This book focused on the farmer and animals working together and sperate at the same time. Therefore, a little mischeif was present within the story as well as ...more
Terrible of me, I know, but this is the first Cronin (farm) book that I've read! I just never get to them when they're on the shelves. And surprisingly this is a new one! I like the illustrations. I think they're a lot of fun. And I like the little bits of rhyming. And the farm setting with the animal sounds. That would be a lot of fun to do in a storytelling. But the mice meteorologists--though so funny--would be hard for me to do justice in a storytime. I couldn't make it flow.

I had my suspici
Kristy McRae
Sep 08, 2014 Kristy McRae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just LOVE Doreen Cronin! My daughter checked this one out from her school library, and we both loved it. Once again, Duck takes the cake! Cute illustrations and cute story.
Sep 05, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents, young children
Shelves: humor, picture-books

From the author of Click, Clack, Moo comes a tale of Farmer Brown enlisting the help of his animals in preparing his corn maze. Each animal has to be bribed (hammers for the chickens, paint for the cows, and special-order organic feed for the duck) to help, but eventually all are on board. The results, however, are not quite Farmer Brown had in mind, but kids (and adults) will love them. Watch for the subtle humor of the mice and their meteorology correspondence course. :)

Suitable for a p
Farmer Brown's sneaky animals help out with his corn maze plans, but duck does more than just help of our Halloween faves
Aug 31, 2011 Vivian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Out just in time for "corn maze" season, this re-telling of The Little Red Hen or Tom Sawyer's incident of the white-washed fence with several amusing twists is sure to entertain.

Farmer Brown is the "hen" or "Tom". He persuades the chickens to help by "letting them use his hammers" and the cows to help by "letting them use his paintbrushes". The duck, however, is not to be bribed so Brown is reduced to threatening , "no more special-order organic duck feed". There is some suspense involved as d
Stephanie Deter
Great book for beginning readers with the rhyming, large print, easy/short sentences.

Reading level 2.3
Farmer Brown is busy getting ready for the Corn Maze Festival while the farm animals are up to their usual antics. Duck in particular (of course) has other plans for the festival and especially for Farmer Brown's corn maze.

While the story is funny, the narrative is not as smooth or interesting as that of Click Clack Moo. Also, the page with the reveal of Duck's work is actually a fold out, which is a bit unwieldy and easily torn, especially if you're reading to a younger reader with less finesse
Not as good as the original, but still a fun readaloud. The mouse component was a little awkward.
Eva Leger
Jul 10, 2010 Eva Leger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eva by: library
Shelves: julias-books
This is a book about a farmers duck who is a bit of a troublemaker. I don't think you could find many toddlers and younger children who wouldn't be up for this kind of story.
It's a little more repetitive than it needs to be, especially due to the fact that this isn't for babies, but besides that I can't complain.
I like that there are (I think) many books with the same farmer and the same duck and that they're along the same lines. It's nice being able to introduce Julia to reoccuring character
Dec 17, 2008 Cassie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks, ducks
We just received Thump, Quack, Moo: A wacky adventure by Doreen Cronin at our library. What a nice way to start a Thursday! I love the Cronin/Lewin books (Click, Clack, Moo; Duck for President; etc) so was excited to give this one a go and happily I can say that it didn't disappoint. Of course Duck is up to his ole tricks again and Farmer Brown's reaction is expected. Hint here, watch the mice - they could see it coming too! Pair this with Jane Simmon's Daisy and the Beastie and Duck and Goose b ...more
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Doreen Cronin was a practicing attorney in Manhattan when her first book Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type became a publishing success. But her book was not published overnight, in fact, she had written this barnyard tale even before attending law school but only received rejection letters from publishers. Five years after submitting the original manuscript she got a call from a publisher who want ...more
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