An extended retelling of the classic children’s song “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” by beloved author/illustrator Iza Trapani featuring zoo animals running amok on the farmstead.
Iza Trapani is known for her clever twists on classic nursery rhymes. This time she outdoes herself with a vist to longtime favorite Old MacDonald. His busy little farm–with a moo, moo here and a moo, moo there is out of controwhen zoo animals like kangaroos, elephants, and hippos join the menagerie. What’s a farmer to do? Iza Trapani’s hilarious, jam-packed illustrations are full of details animal-loving readers will point at with glee. And the sweet ending will keep them giggling until the next reading.
I was born in Poland, and immigrated to the U.S. when I was seven. I learned English with the help of a Mother Goose collection which my relatives had given me. Before I understood the words, I was fascinated with the pictures: a woman with a gaggle of kids living in a shoe, a little man jumping over a candlestick, blackbirds flying out of a pie! What did it all mean? Eventually, I learned English, and read many more books, but the nursery rhymes continued to fascinate me. Little did I know then what a big part they would play in my life.Years later, I attained my lifelong dream of making books for children, and most of my titles are extensions of Mother Goose rhymes.
When I’m not writing and illustrating picture books, I enjoy spending time outdoors- hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, skiing, and I was once a rock climbing guide.
Some fun facts:
I was a stunt double for an actress in two rock climbing episodes of the soap opera, One Life To Live.
I can scale cliffs, but a spider will scare the living daylights out of me!
One of my dreams has been to learn to yodel, and I have - well, just a little. I don’t think you’d really want to hear me.
To the Flavins, with a cluck cluck here and a cluck cluck there and lost of love everywhere.
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Display type set in Badger by Red Rooster Typefounders. Text type set in Amasis by the Monotype Corporation.
Illustrations done in watercolor, Acryla gouache, ink, and colored pencil on Arches 140-lb cold-pressed watercolor paper.