Young MacDonald, book review


Title: Young MacDonald
Written and Illustrated by: Giuseppe Poli
Publisher: Yellow Brick Books

In this fun twist on an old favourite, Young MacDonald’s vivid imagination transforms an otherwise ordinary day on the farm into his grandest adventure yet …

The classic, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, was originally a cumulative nursery rhyme about farm animals and their sounds that children the world over loved to join in with since 1917. In England, 1908, an even older version of this song was discovered.

The success of the nursery rhyme’s longevity is tied up in the repetition of verses, and the animals and the sounds they make, giving the nursery rhyme a fun and feel good reaction. Old MacDonald had a Farm is an easy story to innovate on, which teachers in classrooms around the globe have been doing for years.

And indeed, that is what author and illustrator, Giuseppe Poli, has done. No longer is it just about Old MacDonald. He now has a son—a farm boy, born and bred. However, Young MacDonald has a wild imagination, one that strays from the farm animals and to the earth, the sky, the sea and the last frontier, space, collecting farm animals as he goes on his adventure of imagination.

Children will enjoy this bright and happy book as they join in the choruses of digging and splashing and chopper-ing and burbling and zooming. I’m sure it will be a favourite go-to book for young children, requested to be read over and over again.

Purchase a copy: Young MacDonald

Title: Young MacDonald
Written and Illustrated by: Giuseppe Poli
Publisher:  Yellow Brick Books
ISBN: 9780994557018
Pages: 32 pages


Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)

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