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Giggle, Giggle, Quack (Farmer Brown's Barnyard Tales)

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Farmer Brown is going on holiday and so he asks his brother, Bob, to take care of the animals. 'But keep an eye on Duck. He's trouble.' Bob follows the instructions in Farmer Brown's notes exactly to the letter. He orders pizza with anchovies for the hens, bathes the pigs with bubble bath, and lets the cows chose a movie. Is that giggling he hears? The duck, the cows, the ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (first published May 1st 2002)
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j
Sep 13, 2012 j rated it really liked it
Recommended to j by: tommie
Shelves: 2012, nina
This book confirms what you probably already know: ducks are jerks. You think you can go on vacation, but no. Soon they are launching an insurrection, trying to overthrow the proxy you left in place and bankrupting you with lavish movie and pizza parties while their piggish friends literally bath themselves in luxuries at your expense.

Ducks, man. Ducks.
Cynthia Corral
Sep 21, 2015 Cynthia Corral rated it it was amazing
This book sends my 3-year old granddaughter into fits of giggles and she'll probably always look at ducks with distrust now. She was able to grasp the concept of the story: that some of the narration came from notes, and that the notes were not written by the farmer. She loves sneaky little animals, and this duck is the sneakiest.

It's great fun and I don't mind reading it over and over again. This gets 5+ stars from both of us.
Jolene Aho
“Giggle, Giggle, Quack” takes place on Farmer Brown’s farm. His brother Bob comes to take care of the animals when Farmer Brown goes on vacation. The animals leave notes that trick Bob into doing things they want such as ordering pizza and giving them baths in the house. In the end Farmer Brown is upset when he figures out what is happening.
This book is a picture book because it has pictures on each page and little text. The pictures are integral to the story.
This book is most appropriate for
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David
May 16, 2010 David rated it really liked it
Giggle Giggle Quack by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin is a follow-up to Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by the same team. Farmer Brown leaves his brother Bob in charges of the farm while he goes on holiday. He leaves detailed instructions and advises Bob: 'But keep an eye on Duck. He's trouble.' Duck has a pencil and hijinks ensue involving pizza, bubble baths, and movies.

The text is funny and silly. There are opportunities for audience participation in the Giggle, Giggle phrases. Th
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Emily Allen
Mar 11, 2013 Emily Allen rated it it was amazing
From the creators of Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type, the great team Cronin and Lewin have come out with an another equally great, ‘sequelish’ piece of children’s literature. In this book, Farmer Brown is going on vacation leaving his brother in charge of the farm. Instructed to follow the directions left in Farmer Brown’s notes, Bob follows suit, not knowing the Duck has surreptitiously replaced all of Farmer Brown’s notes with his own. Bob is instructed to order pizza for the animals, give the ...more
Heidi
I think even if one hasn't read the other Duck books, they'll get the humor from this. (Though there are tidbits missed if you don't know/remember why the cows have electric blankets, or why the farmer says to keep any eye on duck.) Still, humorous to see what the duck changes and the giggling that happens. So much like with a substitute teacher....

6/8/16 Used in Q is for... theme. Went well. The kids liked the pictures. One boy who knew the book kept tring to show off by telling ahead of time,
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Eva Leger
Jul 10, 2010 Eva Leger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eva by: library
Shelves: julias-books
Another cute Doreen Cronin Duck book. I have to admit that this duck is charming with all of his troublemaking ways. Julia got the biggest kick out of him carrying around his pencil for the whole book. I liked how fast she grasped that it wasn't the farmers notes Bob was reading but Duck's. She picked up on this a few seconds after I did which surprised me.
Duck is really a lovable character and Betsy Lewin's illustrations are pretty cool too. Very kid friendly and Julia loves that as well.
Michelle McBeth
Farmer Brown is going on vacation. He leaves his friend Bob behind to keep an eye on the farm. Farmer Brown leaves plenty of notes and warns him to watch out for Duck who is a trouble maker. Duck finds the pencil Farmer Brown drops and replaces the notes with ones of his own including telling Bob that Tuesday is pizza night. Bob follows all of Ducks "instructions" until Farmer Bob calls to check in and Duck answers the phone. Realizing that Duck is upto his tricks again, Farmer Brown races home ...more
Ebookwormy
Jun 03, 2008 Ebookwormy rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-preschool
This sequel to "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that type" is also engaging and fun. The premise is that Duck, (the former mediator) is now influencing things for his own benefit when the farmer goes on vacation and leaves his brother, Bob, in charge.

A delightful read, that possesses a bit less zip than the last book simply because the concept is no longer new (having been done in the previous book). A great book to check out from the library
Martin
'Keep an eye on Duck. He's trouble.' - Farmer Brown to his brother Bob

One of my all-time favourite children's books, ideal for reading to kids aged 3 and up, or for beginner readers to read to you. Fully-painted with fun & colourful illustrations, this charming tale of a clever (and pencil-wielding & note-scribbling!) Duck having some fun with his fellow farm animals while the farmer's away on vacation.

Farmer Brown goes on vacation and leaves his brother Bob in charge of the farm, tellin
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Stacie
Apr 28, 2015 Stacie rated it it was amazing
Author: Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Betsy Lewin
Title: Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Plot: "Farmer Brown is going on holiday and so he asks his brother, Bob, to take care of the animals. 'But keep an eye on Duck. He's trouble.' Bob follows the instructions in Farmer Brown's notes exactly to the letter. He orders pizza with anchovies for the hens, bathes the pigs with bubble bath, and lets the cows chose a movie. Is that giggling he hears? The duck, the cows, the hens and the pigs are back in top form in thi
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Fibersian
May 28, 2014 Fibersian rated it it was amazing
A wonderful sequel to Click- Clack - Moo. This book follows the same pattern. This time goose has a pencil. He writes Farmer Brown's brother, who is again watching the farm, various instructions for the animals care. These instructions include things such as spa baths for the pigs and animal movie night.

Again there is repeating language that kids can join in and read/say. The illustrations include large pictures of Duck's letters. Thus, children are shown writing that communicates for a purpose.
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Kathy Leonard
Feb 15, 2014 Kathy Leonard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: etec545-class2
Cronin, Doreen. Jaja, jiji, cuac (2011). The main character in the text appears to be a duck. The farmer takes a vacation and leaves another man in charge of the farm. The farmer wrote a note and left on his way. I infer the note is about how things should be run in his absence. The duck is a bit of a mischievous character and takes advantage of the situation. He writes notes and the temporary caretaker does things that are not the norm: he orders pizza, he gives the pigs baths in the bathtub, e ...more
Megan B
Apr 15, 2008 Megan B rated it really liked it
I give this 4 stars because my husband and kids love these books so much. I don't love them quite as much, but Daddy and the kids sure do get a kick out of them!!
Abby Owens
Jan 18, 2016 Abby Owens rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-lit
In this book Farmer Brown goes on vacation leaving his brother Bob to take care of the farm. Farmer Brown has left Bob instructions but as the day goes on Duck takes over and write Bob a bunch a fun things for the animals to do. This causes a bunch of chaos and makes Farmer Brown have to come back early from his vacation.
This book was not my favorite of Doreen Cronin's books, I feel that "Click, Clack, Moo" and "Duck for President" were more entertaining. It was still a good book and I think tha
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Liz Bectell
Read this in Storytime and the children and I had fun guessing what silliness the duck would do next.
Landismom
Sep 06, 2007 Landismom rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
Heather Barrett
Apr 05, 2014 Heather Barrett rated it it was amazing
This is a very silly book about a duck who changes notes so that the farm animals can get special treatment. This is the second book in a series after Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type. There are other books in this series that come after this so if a child finds that they enjoy this book, there are always other books that the parent, librarian, or teacher can recommend to the child. The pictures are very bright and help bring the story to life. This story is also very amusing from the point of ...more
Nikki Banks
Dec 08, 2015 Nikki Banks rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-books
Giggle, Giggle, Quack is a great children's book about a man who is watching his brothers farm while he is out of town. Throughout the story the duck plays pranks on the babysitter which causes a huge mess! I gave this story 4 out of 5 stars for its humor and creativity. The book has nice illustrations that are easy for any reader to follow. I would recommend this book for ages 5-8. This story would work as a great read aloud book. The main theme of Giggle, Giggle, Quack is to try and follow dir ...more
Abby Buckham
These farmer brown and animal books make me laugh so much. I don't know why I find them so amusing. However, I love the first one the best but this one is almost just as good. I enjoy the humor behind the duck and looking for the clues that show the tricks that are occurring. I think it would be fun to have students to write the "duck's response" to a farmer brown note either as a whole group, in pairs, or individually. Then the class could read them allowed and try to figure out which one is a ...more
Sandi Roe
Apr 15, 2014 Sandi Roe rated it really liked it
Shelves: family
This book went over great at our family library story time. Bob, the farmer, leaves his brother in charge, while he is on vacation. It didn't take the kids long to figure out the notes Bob's brother sees, are probably not written by Bob. Bob warned his brother that Duck was a trouble maker. Duck carries a pencil around through the book. Notes are left to order pizza with anchovies for the chicks, bathe the pigs in the bathtub with bubble bath, and movie night with popcorn for the pigs. It is a v ...more
Liz
Apr 16, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it
Farmer Brown is going on vacation and has left his brother Bob in charge. Although Farmer Brown warned his brother about the sly duck on the farm, Bob finds himself performing odd chores such as ordering pizza for the barn, giving the pigs a bath, and renting the movie "The Sound of Moosic." Armed with a pencil and a sense of humor, Duck keeps Bob busy.

"Giggle, Giggle, Quack" is appropriate for ages 3+ (Grades PreK+).

This book is crafty and will keep readers attention. This book is a spin off
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Christina Mathers
Sep 18, 2012 Christina Mathers rated it it was amazing
This story is about a farmer who is going on vacation and needs his brother to watch the farm animals for him. He especially wants his brother to keep an eye on the duck because he's trouble. Farmer Brown left descriptive instructions for his brother Bob on how to take care of the animals; they even got to eat pizza (I wonder why). Every now and then you will hear a giggle, giggle from a farm animal with a noise they make afterwards, "giggle, giggle, cluck." Brother Bob was doing everything on t ...more
Mary Borgese
Giggle, Giggle, Quack written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin is a hilarious children's picture book story that makes everyone, of all ages, smile and laugh out loud. The clever duck is at it again while Farmer Brown is away on a holiday vacation. Farmer Brown put his brother Bob in charge and left him a stack of instructions on how to take care of each animal. Before leaving, Farmer Brown made sure to tell Bob to keep an eye on Duck, "He's trouble". In the process of Farmer Brow ...more
Molly Toomey
When Farmer Brown goes away on vacation and leaves notes for his brother, Bob, on how to take care of the animals, he makes sure to tell Bob that Duck can be trouble. However, Duck has already mixed things up! He writes his own notes, giving instructions on ordering pizza, giving baths to the pigs, and having a movie night for all the animals. This can be a good book to start with before having the students write notes or instructions in the classroom.
Lindsay
Jaja, Jiji, Cuac is the Spanish version of Giggle, Giggle, Quack, which is the sequel to Click, Clack, Moo. In this story, Farmer Brown leaves his brother Bob in charge of the farm, with the warning that Duck is a bit of a trouble-maker. Sure enough, Duck makes a few "minor" adjustments to the list of things to do that Farmer Brown has left behind. As a result, the animals have a grand old time...until Farmer Brown finds out!

Doreen Cronin's books are tons of fun, and they work wonderfully in st
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Amber
Feb 17, 2015 Amber rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This book is great for younger children who would laugh at the shenanigans the animals are getting into. Overall, I thought this book was just an enjoyable book to read to a couple kids one afternoon so that they would have a good laugh. One thing that it does show is how to follow directions the right way, instead of following them the wrong way like the farmer's brother. It's just an enjoyable book for any little one to hear.
Jen
(2002) Farmer Brown goes on a tropical vacation and leaves his brother, Bob, in charge of taking care of the animals on the farm. He is told to follow the instructions on the notes he has left and to watch out for the duck because he is trouble. Little does Bob know that he is being tricked by the duck and his friends to order pizza for the animals, bathe the pigs, and host a movie night for the cows. Very cute book.
Kristen
Apr 28, 2014 Kristen rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s
After starting this book, I was very happy that the little one I was reading it to would not remember it.
I am not one for silly books that don't make much sense so that may be why I did not enjoy this book. A duck who can write? Not the type of story for me. Maybe when my little one is oldest enough to read books for himself, we'll take the book out again but for now, it's being added to the pile of books to put away.
Katie
Feb 13, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
"Giggle, Giggle, Quack" was written by the same author and and illustrated by the same illustrator as "Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type." I love both of these books. "Giggle, Giggle, Quack" shares a lot of similar attributes with it's brother "Click Clack Moo," and there are many things I love about it. The story occurs when Farmer Brown has to leave town for a vacation and asks his brother, Bob, to take care of the animals. Of course, the animals outsmart Bob and take advantage of the situation. ...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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