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OLD MR. MACKLE HACKLE

Author: Gunnar Madsen

Illustrator: Irana Sheperd

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Publisher: Little, Brown & Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Mr. Mackle Hackle has a problem. His hen won’t cackle. Try as he might, the old bird won’t respond the way he wishes. This is a rhyming book in the 'genre' of Dr. Seuss.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 6

Reading Level: 2.4

Age of Child: Started reading with 4-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: "I love the chicken jokes."

Adult Reader Reaction: The colorful photos and witty text are reminiscent of my generation of children’s books. Throughout the book, Mr. Madsen’s musical background is revealed.

Pros: If you are a fan of Dr. Seuss, you will love Gunnar Madsen’s Old Mr. Mackle Hackle.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. I recommend this book for its musicality and clever word structure. It will surely be your child’s favorite for years to come.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MR. BROWN CAN MOO! CAN YOU? DR. SUESS' BOOK OF WONDERFUL NOISES   THE TRAIN TO TIMBUCTOO (Golden Books Family Story Time, Number 4)   ITSY BITSY SPIDER

Educational Themes: This is book that's a great jump-off for teaching sounds and alliteration. You can get your kids excited about reading with humor and by having fun with words.

Notes: Guest reviewer Christine Hohlbaum, SAHM Expert for ClubMom and author of Diary of a Mother, wrote this profile.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2005

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