Old MacDonald’s Things That Go – written by Jane Clarke, illustrated by Migy Blanco


  Old MacDonald’s Things That Go – written by Jane Clarke, illustrated by Migy Blanco, Nosy Crow, (9780763693268), 2017.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

What did you like about the book? In this version of the classic song, Old MacDonald and his farm animals, make good use of a staggering variety of “things that go.” The lyrics are repetitive and can be either sung or spoken. The large size of the book makes it easy to see the cheery animals as they join Farmer MacDonald on bikes, then cars, tractors, a combine harvester (it’s a challenge to fit that one in if singing!), buses, boats, diggers, fire trucks, a train, and even a plane. The illustrations have a vintage Golden Books look. In a big finish, all the animals reappear back on a bike balancing in an upside down pyramid on Old Mac’s shoulders.

Anything you didn’t like about it?   Just like the original on which it is based, this calls for repetition of certain lines which can become tedious.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommended as a read aloud or sing along with youngsters in preschool to second grade.

Who should buy this book? Preschools, kindergarten classrooms, public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with picture books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  4/21/17

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