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Punk Farm (Punk Farm #1)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  735 ratings  ·  123 reviews
After a long day of work, Farmer Joe goes home to bed.

But meanwhile, back at the barn . . .
Cow sets up her drums.
Pig plugs in his amp.
Goat tunes his bass.
Chicken sets up her keyboards.
And Sheep checks the microphone.

They are Punk Farm and tonight they're ready to ROCK!

With adorable farm animals - and a surprise tribute to Old MacDonald - this rollicking tale is sure to h
Paperback, 40 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Dragonfly Books (first published April 26th 2005)
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Ok. I liked Punk Farm. I thought it was really funny, and very creative. I read this book with great gusto, performing the song in the book like a punk band would, like I thought the author intended it to be read. I was rocking out, screeching, making instrument sounds, just going nuts with the text, because it's about a rock and roll band called Punk Farm performing a hit song to a sold out barn! I mean, come on, you have to do a concert when you read this book, and it was *fun* to read! I got ...more
Robert Beveridge
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Punk Farm(Knopf, 2005)

Amusing kids' book, if far slighter than most of those I've seen in the past few years. Basically a lot of setup for a rocked-out rendition of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” (much more amusing at the book's website,, than it is in print). In my estimation, the young the child, the better, on this one, and it'll require a reader who's good at acting out sounds. (Check out the recorded song for an idea of what the sound effects should sound like
April Thompson
Peace & Rock Forever,
Punk Farm


Punk Farm is almost too fun for words. Almost. It would be awful to say nothing about this one. To just assume that you know about this one. Some may already love it, may already have it memorized even... but if I can introduce at least one or two people to the book--that wouldn't have known about it otherwise--I can walk away with a sense of satisfaction.

Farmer Joe may be your typical farmer. But his animals are far from the ordinary. These are animals that know how to rock and roll. Boy, these
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Krosoczka, Jarrett J. Punk Farm. New York. Alfred A Knopf. 2005.

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Jarrett Krosoczka is a master when it comes to humorous picture books for children. Punk Farm is a punk rock retelling of the classic Old MacDonald song. The animals are giving a concert on that farm and the E I E I OO's are much more hard core. This is the type of book that will have a high appeal for children especially those under 6.
This is a great choice for beginning readers as wel
Mar 09, 2008 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers looking for a new, modern way to teach kids "Old McDonald"
When the farmer is away...the animals will their rock 'n' roll band, yo! Piggy on electric guitar, Cow on the drums, rooster on the keyboard, goat on the base, and sheep on the vocals. Old McDonald in rock'ed-out version on punk farm in ol' Wisconsin.
When the farmer goes to bed, the animals break out their instruments for an all night jam session. I loved the record album book cover design and the individual personalities of each performer expressed through the illustrations.
Sara Jones
ha! I bet this would be a fun read aloud cuz you'd get to make loud screeching and other ear-piercing sounds in punk fashion.
It was abawt animals. ther was a pig and caw and a sheap and a gowt a chiken. they rok owt.Bcus it is
a show.
Imagine, if you will, some farm animals with attitudes and musical talent. The hard-working farmer goes to bed at night. The animals would be smart too, as well, but instead, they fit in one last practice then start letting their barnyard friends into the barn for a good old fashioned rock concert. They'll pay for it the next morning, as they don't get any sleep and the farmer's ready for another day of work, but such is the life of a rock star.
I may be slightly partial to Punk Farm. I'm a chil
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Dawn Moews
Jackson, Your Auntie Melissa bought this book for you and had it autographed in May 2012. It is the story of a punk band composed of farm animals, featuring their cover of "Old McDonald Had a Farm." You have enjoyed it since we first read it to you. It became one of your favorites very quickly. You could identify all of the animals and their more traditional sounds very quickly, but the punk influence is obviously near and dear to your heart.
Meg McGregor
A very cute story that will have your little ones rocking to the Old McDonald song in a new way.

I think the younger readers will enjoy this more. Be sure that the caregiver "rocks" out to give the song the rock sound it deserves.
This is a simple, fun and quick read. For the rocker parents out there, this can take you back to your roots. For the silly people out there it offers farm animals in a punk band. Cute!
Edward Creter
A cow, a pig, a sheep, a chicken and a goat band (literally!) together to Farm Aid their way across the farm with rockin covers of Ol' McDonald. Punk Farm rocks with Animal-chy in the USA!
Jamie Byrum
A group of animals on a farm that try to hide their band from the farmer. They have a packed show where they sing Old McDonald. They do not get caught and have a great night.
Caroline (Cary)
A playful portrait of a hard-rocking animal band. The brightly painted illustrations and simple text show us a day in the life of Farmer Joe and Cow, Pig, Chicken, Sheep, and Goat. Farmer Joe works all day with no idea of the hijinks his animals get up to at night. After he goes to sleep, they put on an exciting concert in the barn. The illustrations are intensely colored and simply composed, while the performance portion of the story is a fun take on "Old MacDonald Had a Farm", but the introduc ...more
Katie Bathke

The book words in Punk Farm are really easy to see and read because they are white letters on colored pages. When the animals are signing the words on the page appear bigger to emphasis that they are signing them. The color is really high intensity. Each page is filled with color. The texture of the pages is very smooth looking. The illustrations look like they were done in a paint style. The value of each page changes too. When the animals are at their rock concert the lightness of the picture
I can't even imagine what this movie will look like
so much fun to read out loud. we all love this book.
Tons of fun. Would be a great readaloud.
Fun for quotation marks and dialogue learning.
Great illustrations. Fun take on Old MacDonald.
What a great idea for a book! Two super cool things, farm animals and punk rock music combined into one. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how much there is for kids here. Punk loving adults will enjoy the concept and the tongue in cheek illustrations, but I kept waiting for a click clack moo kind of a moment when Farmer Joe would discover the animals secret, or be a closet fan or something. Still, kind of a cute book, and the Punk Farm band's cover of Old MacDonald is available online, which could be ...more
Amusing but doesn't quite work. Old MacDonald retelling.
Jun 08, 2015 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Liz Todd
Everytime I read this book, I wish that I had written it myself. It is brilliant. The kids love singing along. The details in the illustrations are just awesome. My only wish is that I had a little more inner-rockstar so that I could do this book justice when I read it aloud. Of course, I have heard JJK read this book aloud himself and I didn't think that he really harnessed his own inner-rockstar either. :)

Great book. A fave for sure.
Uh, the goat plays bass. So yes, it was amazing.
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Jarrett J. Krosoczka used to be a goofy kid that liked to draw. Now, he is a published author/illustrator with many books to his credit. Growing up in Worcester, MA Jarrett drew relentlessly and always had a cast of characters that he wrote stories for. In 9th grade, Jarrett won a contest with The Worcester Telegram & Ga
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