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Farmyard Beat

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  908 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
Author Lindsey Craig teams up with Arthur creator and bestselling artist Marc Brown in a toe-tapping farmyard dance-a-thon—perfect for toddler and preschooler read-alouds. As soon as the sun goes down, the animals are up! ("Sheep can't sleep. Sheep can't sleep. Sheep can't sleep 'cause they got that beat!") Before long, there's a giant farmyard dance party, complete with f ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
You too will catch the beat of this fun and rhythmic story! A great read aloud that will have both child and adult singing and dancing along.
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
A fun book about animals who just "can't sleep 'cause they got that beat!" The beat of one animal segues into the next animal who can't sleep. The sheep - "TAT! TAT! Tattity-tat-tat! All that racket wakes up...Cat!" With a foot-stompin' beat and colorful and fanciful collage pictures, this is loads of fun.
Debbie Reiber
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig is a children’s picture book. The age group this book is intended for is nursery. The book has a rhythm in the writing and it describes all the animals coming together because they have a beat that make them want to dance. I read this book electronically.
The illustrations by Marc Brown used a lot of lines for details; the background sky looked in motion. The colors were bright and the animals were drawn at different angles to show motion in their dancing. Craig us
Scottsdale Public Library
Very fun and catchy rhyming story about restless farmyard animals and the sounds they make while dancing the night away. (They all "can’t sleep ‘cause they got that beat!”) The lines have an easy cadence that storytime listeners will catch on to quickly and say along with the reader. Enjoyable for toddlers and preschoolers alike! –Hannah V
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wonderful rhyming text that has all the animals in the barnyard up late at night, keeping the rhythm as they dance around the farmyard. Wonderful sound words and repetitive text for young readers. Great read aloud for PK-1 students. Collage art by Marc Brown creates depth to the farm animals as they dance around.
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
In one word: rhythmic! The farmyard animals can't sleep because they just can't quiet the beat making its way across the farm. The cut paper illustrations are big and bright and all the animal noises will make this a very fun storytime read.
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Farm animals wake up in the night to make some noise. The farmer joins them, then they all dance until they pass out sleep. Sounds simple, but the book is chock full of fun rhymes, rhythms that incite movement and singing…or at least in me!
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bedtime, animals
Cute and incredibly catchy! The many different sounds that the animals make are very creative and fun.
May 26, 2017 added it
Shelves: kids-books, storytime
"Rhythm" storytime, paired with Drum City and I Got the Rhythm

Craft activity: making drums & shakers from styrofoam cups. Shakers had some trouble due to glue taking longer to dry than anticipated.

Farmyard Beat was the biggest hit from this storytime. They had a great time shouting out the names of the different animals as we turned the pages, and the rhythm of this book encourages dancing and wiggling. Fun fun fun!
Ellie  Dynek
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Reminded me of Sandra Boynton's "Barnyard Dance", just a charming and delightful book :)
Heather Tyminski
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
This book is so much fun to read -- it has a wonderfully lyrical rhythm. I really like the cubist inspired illustrations too.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it

TO READ/SING: During Toddler Time and Preschool Play.
Jo Oehrlein
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: bedtime
Fun rhyming book about all the animals who can't sleep.

The illustrations are collages that look like many are made of corrugated paper.
Donna Mork
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cute story about farm animals that can't sleep because they got that beat. In the end....they get some sleep.
Ginny Daniels
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome! Like a rap song, almost, with the way the perfect rhythm helps you read the story at a fun pace. Also, fun to guess the next animal based on predictive rhyming.
Matt Alvarez
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: heidi
Really fun to read with my 2yo!
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First time I've read a book that received an encore. Had to read this one twice.
Annie Payne
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a fun musical read! You just can't read it--you must sing it!
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
It’s bedtime on the farm, but none of the animals feel ready to sleep because they’ve all caught that Farmyard Beat! The cover art for this book is friendly and inviting and would definitely appeal to preschoolers who will identify with the theme of not wanting to go to sleep. Marc Brown’s colorful, vibrant pictures, created from hand-painted paper collage, are visually interesting, incorporating simple shapes and rich textures into fun, friendly images of familiar farm animals. The big, beautif ...more
Amber Lovett
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Craig, Lindsey. Farmyard Beat. Illustrated by Marc Brown. 2012. 32 pp. $6.99 brdbk. Alfred A. Knopf/Random House. 0-3079-3082-3 / 978-0-307-93082-8. Ages 0-3. The inhabitants of this farmyard from the chicks to cows can’t sleep “cause they got that beat,” and they even wake up Farmer Sue with their racket. Rhythm, rhyme, and repetition are well used throughout the text making this book a good choice for reading aloud in small or large groups and to encourage interactive activities like clapping ...more
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lilly-read
Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig
Release Date – May 8, 2012
*A review copy of this book was viewed from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

This was a fun story to read and Lilly loved it because of the rhythmic flow of the words. The farm animals can’t sleep and one by one they wake up and start dancing to the beat, even Farmer Sue joins in on the fun.

This book is cute with fun rhymes to keep the child’s attention throughout. The illustrations are colorful and a perfect fit to go with the st
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, 18-24m, 2y, 3y
Well I’m going to label this one “uncomfortably catchy” since my spouse and I tend to find ourselves still chanting it long after the wee one is in bed.

Illustrated with Marc Brown’s lovely, textured cutout style pictures, this book tells the story of a barn full of animals that can’t sleep because “they’ve got that beat.” It’s rhythmic and allows many opportunities for fun animal noises (the dog goes “Woof! How-WOOOOO!” as an example), and it has just the right amount of silly for our 2.5 year
Katie Fitzgerald
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: story-time
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Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime
This story is about farm animals who can't sleep (cause they got that beat) and the noises each makes, which wake up another group of animals. The repeated phrases allow the listener to participate. The rhythm of the animals noises would be great with added sticks or bells. Of course everyone whill enjoy falling an a heap. Asleep!

Marc Brown's farm animals are joyful, realistic renditions that appear to be created from corrugated paper and paper he colored, cut out, and reassembled as animals giv
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Farmyard animals share a beat and wake the farmer! But when there's a beat, it's hard to keep still (or quiet). The illustrations are unique and well thought out. As the front of the books states - "The illustrations in this book were created using hand-painted papers and a collage technique focused on cutting the paper into primary shapes." The whole books is used from front page to back cover.

2015 Theme: Book Boogie
Additional themes: farm animals, books with a beat

Reviewed from a library copy.
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a fun tale about a plethora of animals that can't sleep because they've got that "beat!" I love how each of the animals that have the beat use their particular animal sounds or sounds that animals would realistically make to show the beat. The chicks all "peep," the cat gives a "puuurrrr! mee-ooow!" and sheep give a "tat! tat! tattity-tat-tat!" The beautiful illustrations are by Marc Brown. They are fantastic! I love looking at all the textures and expressions on all of the animals. And ...more
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, storybook
Interesting book.

I liked that the farmer and some of the other characters were female. I also enjoyed the rhythm of the words and thought the pictures were amusing.

Aside from that, I learned that cats go 'purr meow', chicks say 'peep', sheep go 'tat, tat tat' (wait, what?!?), and cows go 'swish, clank' (I think the latter might be their bells? but still do not understand the swish part). Very interesting. I guess I have not spend enough time on farms, because I had not idea that sheep 'tat' an
Brown's collage art is terrific! The beat of this book will get some little listeners tapping along: "Chicks can't sleep. Chicks can't sleep. Chicks can't sleep 'cause that got that beat!"
I like how on some pages, the rhyme supports a good guess for the page turn:
"Peep! Peep! Peep-peep-peep! All that peeping wakes up -" "Sheep!"
but this isn't consistent through the book.
Still, fun for Down on the Farm themes or for music lovers.
Marissa Gloria
Dec 01, 2011 rated it liked it
I thought this was a cute book and enjoyed reading it. I think children would enjoy it just as well. Its a cute little story about the different farm animals and how they keep "that beat" because they can't sleep. Not quite what I do when I can't fall asleep but it made me want to sing the words as I read along as if it were a song. I also like the pictures, they weren't extremely detailed but I liked the texture of them.
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bookaday #2. Where was this cute story when I did all those farm animal books last fall? Need to remember to share this with our music teacher in August. Fun illustrations, rhymes, beats; will try to remember to pair this with Dancing Feet in a library lesson soon.
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Lindsey Craig  is the author of the award winning books: DANCING FEET and FARMYARD BEAT both illustrated by Marc Brown. Her books have won numerous awards and been highly praised by Kirkus Review (starred), Publisher Weekly and the New York Times Book Review; her awards include: NAAPA Gold Award Winner, Fred Rogers Best Baby Books 2011, Wilde Award Best Children’s Books, and inclusion in Texas 2X2 ...more
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