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Escape from Baxters' Barn
by Rebecca Bond


Overview - When Burdock the barn cat sneaks into the Baxters' farmhouse kitchen to hide behind a warm stove, he overhears a sinister plot that endangers all the animals on the farm. It's up to him and his cacophonous cohorts to figure out how to bust out of the barn before it's too late.  Read more...

 
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Overview
When Burdock the barn cat sneaks into the Baxters' farmhouse kitchen to hide behind a warm stove, he overhears a sinister plot that endangers all the animals on the farm. It's up to him and his cacophonous cohorts to figure out how to bust out of the barn before it's too late. In this winning debut, readers will fall in love with the solitary cat, the self-effacing cow, the unstoppable pig, even a wayward she-owl--all brought to life with clever dialogue, poetic descriptions, and expressive black-and-white illustrations. This warm, lively read-aloud story about teamwork and friendship has the timeless appeal of a much-loved quilt.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780544332171
  • ISBN-10: 0544332172
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • Publish Date: July 2015
  • Page Count: 256
  • Reading Level: Ages 7-10
  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Lifestyles - Farm Life & Ranch Life
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Farm Animals

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-05-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

A heartwarming atmosphere enriches Bond’s chapter book, in which a down-on-his-luck farmer plans to burn down his barn to collect insurance money. Burdock, a scrappy, one-eyed cat, learns of the plot after sneaking into the farmhouse to get warm. Inspired by a caring owl who swoops in with a plan, the barn residents band together to carry out a thrilling escape. Bond (The House That George Built) excels in creating characters whose personalities flirt with but defy typecasting. An anything-but-lazy pig works tirelessly to dig a hole under the barn wall to facilitate the animals’ flight; a take-charge nanny goat’s patience and kindness exceeds her stubbornness; and free-spirited Burdock, though tempted to make a break for it, puts the others’ wellbeing ahead of his own safety. Among numerous snippets of humor are inadvertent bunglings of clichés (“My wish is your command!”). In the tradition of Garth Williams’s pen-and-ink barnyard images, Bond’s energetically sketched b&w illustrations illuminate the animals’ distinct dispositions as well as their communal courage and devotion. Ages 6–9. Agent: Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges, Studio Goodwin Sturges. (July)

 
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