Pete the Cat: Old MacDonald Had a Farm by James Dean
Rating: 3.5 stars
This book takes nearly five minutes to read. I know that because I timed myself last night reading it. With no kids around. (After this review, feel free to join in a brief discussion about the state of my mental health… Let me know if there are any useful conclusions.) I cannot imagine how long it would take if Kiefer wanted to sing the whole thing with me. I realize that, as a good mama, I would want to encourage this sort of engagement and musical interest. But as a tired mama at the end of a long day, that sort of engagement and interest might push me over the edge!
And, despite the fact that there are 14 animals in it, James Dean doesn't even help me out by explaining what on earth a good mama like me is supposed to say when your kid yells out "giraffe!" or "turtle!" from the peanut gallery in the backseat while singing this song. The nerve!
Ok, seriously. Enough kidding around here. This book is, straight-up, a version of Old MacDonald Had a Farm. There are no silly twists or unexpected turns. It's just the song, and a whole lotta verses to the song. If you love Pete the Cat, you might not be able to resist buying it. If Old MacDonald Had a Farm is your kid's favorite book, you might not be able to resist buying it. Of course it's great to have a book that kids can sing to; little ones like Kiefer can "read" every single page because he knows the song by heart and therefore he can "read" along with it.
And the illustrations are, as always, wonderful. (I'm a big Pete the Cat fan!)
But know this! Pete the Cat Old MacDonald Had a Farm is a loooong, repetitive song book. If your child is one of those "read it again, please!" types--which we all know, and we all sort of want--you will want to pretend like the dog ate this book at bedtime. Because you'll be saying E-I-E-I-O 42 times! You'll be maa-ing and baa-ing and cock-a-doodle-do-ing ALL NIGHT!
Don't say I didn't warn you!
P.S. Click HERE for a fun twist-of-a-book on Old MacDonald had a farm for preschoolers.