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Punk Farm (Punk Farm #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  948 Ratings  ·  147 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
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Dec 27, 2011 added it
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
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 lik
Dorian Becerra
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is about regular farm animals but when their farmer goes to sleep they turn into rock stars.
I like this book because of it's funny plot animals turn to rock stars by night they seem normal then tons of animals come to see them perform. I would recommend this to kids who like a little make believe story its fun for kids imagination.
April Thompson
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Peace & Rock Forever,
Punk Farm

Feb 11, 2009 rated it really liked it

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
Nov 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Stefanie Burns
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Maybe not the most interesting book, but a silly one that kids will love to groove out to. Farmer Joe leaves his animals one night to go home and go to bed. The animals were just preparing for thier night. They had to get ready for their a rock concert. What did they sing??? Why Old MacDonald Has a Farm, of course! There isn't too much plot, but you don't need one. It's a silly story and interesting spin on a classic.
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
The class enjoyed this book.
It is a regular day on the farm (or so the farmer thinks). After the farmer goes to his house for the night, the animals come out for a concert... The kids loved singing along with the song.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime-books
Cute book. Farm animals have a rock concert in the barn.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Old MacDonald with drums and air guitar.
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
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Feb 10, 2017 added it

This book about a group of farm animals that secretly performs as a punk band when Farmer Joe goes to bed is a really high-energy and fun read. The digital acrylic illustrations are incredibly lively, and the story is great for both kids and adults--kids will love the rousing rendition of Old MacDonald, while adults will love the tongue-in-cheek nature of the punk rock additions to the song. It also might be a good conversation starter for kids about what people do when they are not at work.
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
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
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
Oct 06, 2009 rated it really liked it

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
Sep 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Library books - I wish I could give this 5 stars! I totally loved it, Matt loved it, and I loved that you could download an mp3 of the Punk Farm version of Old MacDonald. Charlotte gave it a big "meh." Oh well.

Funny parts for grown-ups: one of the farm animals waiting to get it's hand stamped at the door of the show is wearing a trucker hat that says "Obey" on it; the last line of the book is "Good night, Wisconsin!"
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I had hoped for funnier after reading all of Lunch Lady. This was more cute and aimed at younger kids than Natalie and William. Old Mac Donald and farm animals seem babyish. Maybe that's just my perception and the rushing childhood. Natalie did say she saw this at school and was never interested enough to read it, though I thought of the two she would like it since she loves music. Might have been a big hit if we read it a few years ago.
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.
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.
Stacy Fetters
Farmer Joe sweats and breaks his back daily. As soon as the lights go out, the animals scream and shout. In their rock band that is. And the farmer is none the wiser.
It was okay and I'm very grateful I didnt buy it.
Just wasn't as cute as everyone told me it would be. Again set up for disappointment.
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My daughter (18 months) has loved this book above all others for 6 months. She begs for it. My husband and I are musicians (classical, punk, rock and metal). 4 bands practice at her house twice a week and we have a recording studio. Needless to say she knows her music and loves hearing us sing the story and enjoys the thought of animals secretly having a band.
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
The farmer ends his day, but the animals' day is just beginning. They pull out their instruments, set up for practice, and sell out a concert in their barn! They smash out to Old MacDonald! Suddenly it's dawn and the farmer is back up and at 'em, while the animals are fast asleep.

Good for pre-K to 2nd grade.
Dec 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
♥ I love this book. Loads of fun! Illustrations are wonderful. You have to notice the little details to appreciate it, like the bell around cows neck being all grunge. I love that this author captured the character and language or culture of a rock group. Good stuff! I giggled through the whole thing, rocked my way through while reading it to my little one. She thought is was AWESOMESAUCE!
Ages 3 and up. This book is good for print awareness because it has so much dialog between the animals. There are a few questions asked throughout that can help children predict what is going to happen next. The alternate version of "Old McDonald" encourages singing, and preschoolers will enjoy the changed words.
Meagen Farrell
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
This fun and imaginative rendition of some classic children's book themes takes me back to my emo days. At first, my 2 year old thought my version was "too loud" but the free mp3 online definitely made him ask for it "again!" And I actually don't mind, for once! A hit for the whole family.
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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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