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Children's Fiction Beginner

Ma, I'm a Farmer

illustrated by Michael Martchenko

Publisher
Annick Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2003
Category
Beginner, Humorous Stories
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781550376975
    Publish Date
    Sep 2003
    List Price
    $18.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781550376968
    Publish Date
    Sep 2003
    List Price
    $6.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2

Description

An inventive barnyard yarn from a household name.

Fred doesn't care for work, especially his city job. One day, just like that, he tells his bewildered mother, "Ma, I'm a farmer!" That'll be a relaxing change.

His new neighbors warn him of the workload. "Chores, schmores, I'm not doing any chores," snorts Fred. But the hungry animals have other ideas, and soon Fred is up to his overalls in agriculture.

Farmer Fred turns to his technical know-how, and in no time machines are doing his dirty work and he can relax.... That is, until his automatons blow the power grid and the electric company cuts him off for good. But there's energy enough from the wind and the sun if you build the right gadgets.

Finally, Fred can sit back and proudly say, "Ma, I'm a farmer!" It's not such hard work after all...but wait! Is that smoke?

With his usual wit and visual flair, celebrated illustrator Michael Martchenko excels in this ticklish tale of too much technology that proves there is no substitute for a hard day's work.

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About the author

 

MICHAEL MARTCHENKO est né à Carcassonne, en France. Il s'installe au Canada avec sa famille alors qu'il a 7 ans. En 1966, il décroche son diplôme du Collège des arts de l'Ontario et devient bientôt directeur d'une agence publicitaire. C'est lors d'une exposition d'art graphique que Robert Munsch découvre le travail de Michael Martchenko. Michael a reçu le prix Libris 2006, Illustrateur de l'année.

 

MICHAEL MARTCHENKO has illustrated dozens of books, and is most famous for his work with Robert Munsch, including Smelly Socks (Tes chaussettes sentent la mouffette!), Makeup Mess (Maquillage à gogo) and We Share Everything! (On partage tout!). He lives in Burlington, Ontario.

 

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Editorial Reviews

Youngsters will be most entertained by Martchenko's zany, bustling watercolor cartoons, filled with funny flourishes.

Publishers Weekly

Naïveté is the basis for the rib-tickling humor... the watercolor cartoons are equally as funny as they bring Fred's predicaments and contraptions to life and capture his amusing facial and body language.

School Library Journal

Humorously written and illustrated, Martchenko's book introduces children to the concept that hard work brings success. Recommended.

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