Farmyard Beat by Washington author Lindsey Craig is full of rhythm, patterns and other things that make reading a picture book enjoyable. It kind of reminds me of a cross between Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw and Margot Apple, and Barnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton.
My daughter Jenna asked to listen to this book over and over and over again.
I really enjoyed the cut paper collages that helped bring Farmyard Beat to life. Like a dunce, I read the book several times before I realized the illustrator was Marc Brown, creator of the Arthur series. You can either blame that mommy-brain moment on not enough sleep, lack of coffee, or the forty minute reading marathon my three year old demanded.
Lindsey Craig is also the author of the children’s play Cinderella’s Shakespeare, and the picture book Dancing Feet. Those are both on my list of things to read next!