♦ In this companion book to A Crow of His Own (illustrated by David Hyde Costello, 2015), Clyde the rooster returns with his star wake-up crow.Regularly lapping up universal praise and adoration, Clyde is living a comfortable life on the farm until farmers Jay and Kevin introduce Fran the goat and her kid, Rowdy. Everyone is delighted to have a kid on the farm except for a jealous Clyde, who devises a plan to regain everyone’s attention. The next morning he uses a megaphone to make an extra loud wake-up call, but the noise doesn’t allow Rowdy the sleep he needs. His friend Roberta the goose asks him to tone it down, but he dials it up with amps and drums, crowing every time Rowdy tries to rest. Soon everyone is upset, and Clyde realizes he must do something to make up for his “foul behavior.” Lambert depicts how hard the change brought about by a new young one in the family can be while also addressing inclusivity and celebrating everyone’s unique voice. The charming watercolor illustrations include little hints that the two white, male farmers are preparing for another new arrival. As with the author’s first book, the vocabulary sets this title apart from many others for this age group. Rarely using verbs like “said” or “asked,” the text allows readers to discover “gushed,” “huffed,” and “gasped” alongside other crunchy vocabulary: “Resolve,” “bereft,” and “righteousness” are just a smattering.A sweet and unusual new-baby story with an uncommonly broadening vocabulary.
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Clyde the rooster struggles to share his limelight with a new farmyard addition. Clyde has just welcomed the dawn with his signature “Cock-a’doodle-doo,” when farmers Jay and Kevin drive up and announce the arrival of two new goats. Rowdy, the kid, quickly wins over everyone, and Clyde feels he’s lost his spotlight. He resolves to win it back in the morning with an extra-loud, extraordinary crow. His extra-loud crow serves only to wake the young Rowdy from his slumber and earns the ire of the other animals. Eventually, the others’ disdain for his showboating helps Clyde realize the error of his ways, and peace and restful silence are restored with the help of a fuzzy pair of earmuffs for Rowdy. This delightful sequel will please fans of A Crow of One’s Own, as well as readers new to the series. Lanam’s illustrations are reminiscent of Jon Agee, with line-drawn animals and great big, blocky text. The text is full of action words and playful animal puns, and clearly delineated text bubbles give each animal its own distinctive personality. The farmer’s adoption of their own “kid” at the story’s conclusion provides an easy transition to conversations about new siblings and growing families. VERDICT The lesson that there is room and love for everyone in the family is one that parents and caregivers will be happy to share.
—School Library Journal