Children’s Book Author
Lori Degman
 

Reviews  for Cock-a-Doodle Oops! 


Kirkus Reviews - February, 2014

Zemke provides more farmyard huggermugger (George Shannon’s Wise Acres,2004) to illustrate Degman’s versified tale of animals trying to substitute at sunrise for an absent rooster.

Deciding that he needs a week at the beach to catch up on his sleep, Rooster enlists fellow livestock to crow each morning to wake Farmer McPeeper while he’s gone. But despite the best efforts of Sheep (“Her cock-a-doodle baaaaaaaa / didn’t travel too faaa. / In fact, she made barely a peep”), Cow (“udder disaster!”) and the rest, McPeeper sleeps on. Looking properly popeyed and panicky in the cartoon scenes, the other animals welcome Rooster back at last—only to learn that he’s caught a cold and can barely wheeze. As in her prizewinning light verse for 1 Zany Zoo (illustrated by Colin Jack, 2010), the author displays a gift for rhymes and language that is clever rather than forced. She also skips the obvious (trite) solution of a general hullabaloo and just has Rooster leave a whispered “cock-a-doodle-doo” on McPeeper’s bedside phone—a technology assist that displays pleasing ingenuity. Farmer McPeeper wakes up, feeling like he’s slept for a week…which he has.

Puns and foolery pitched just right for newly independent readers. (Early reader. 5-7)


Smart Books for Smart Kids - 2014

Author Lori Degman is a master of rhyming verse, and unlike some other rhyming books I’ve read in the past, these rhymes are anything but forced; the verse flows smoothly and the rhyming words seem completely natural. The story is so humorous that it is a pure pleasure to read out loud. I mean, who wouldn’t laugh at a name like “Farmer McPeeper?!” The watercolor illustrations by Deborah Zemke are just adorable with nice blue undertones. She even drew a calendar with the day of the week for each animal who tried to wake the farmer. What a clever and fun way to teach kids about the days of the week!



Midwest Book Review - 2014

"Cock-A-Doodle-Oops!" is a rollicking, rhyming farm fun illustrated story about a farm family rooster in need of a vacation from his crowing duties. These bright, versed story pages are filled with funny energy and images appealing to an elementary age audience. The rooster definitely needs a vacation, but the problem is, who will crow for him while he is gone? And how will they wake up the soundly sleeping Farmer McPeeper when the rooster's voice is gone? Kids will love this addictive, entertaining funny story, perfectly embellished with comic colored illustrations of every farm animal and Farmer McPeeper too.



Kid-Lit Reviews - 2014

Cock-a-Doodle Oops! had me laughing starting with page one. Poor Rooster, worn out from his morning job, he needs a vacation. For one week, Rooster is going to the beach and someone else will have to wake up Farmer McPeeper. Every page will delight kids. Those reading will enjoy all the opportunities to sound like a cow, or a mule, or a sheep. Storybook hour will explode with laughter.

The illustrations deftly show the animals cock-a-doodle-doing their hearts out for Rooster and Farmer McPeeper as the other wide-eyed animals look on. The animals take on a life of their own as they spew out their wakeup calls. From the farmhouse a short ways away, all that one can “hear” are the z’s of McPeeper’s sleep. Even his dog stays by his side, asleep, waiting for the Rooster to arouse him and his master. Just getting through the week of substitute morning calls will delight the children. But there is more. There is an unexpected twist, or rather, a double-twist!

I know young children will love Cock-a-Doodle Oops! The fresh story has a cartoon flare and the illustrator makes sure the delightful story stands out from the crowd. The ending is cartoon-comical. I want so badly to tell you the crazy twists, but no endings here.* The rhyming story is easy to read, which is good since kids are going to want Cock-a-Doodle Oops! read to them nightly. And don’t forget those voices. Your kids definitely will not. Find a home on a shelf for Cock-a-Doodle Oops! It’s a keeper.



Jan Dundon, Anderson’s Books - 2014

“Here is a book for everyone! The rollicking rhymes in Cock-A-Doodle Oops are sure to tickle the funny bone of every young reader, and the wonderful word play will appeal to the adult reader, making this a book that will be read over and over again.”



Erica Silverman, Author - 2014

This bouncy, rhyming read-aloud is perfect for story time. The come-full-circle ending is sure to elicit lots of giggles.”



Luan Strauss, Laurel Book Store - 2014

One: I love it!  Two: I want to read it to the first kid that comes into the store today!”



Erica Pecorale, Ed.D., Professor and Literacy Coach - 2014

This book will become a favorite for read aloud entertainment by many as it captures and holds one’s attention right up to the surprise twist at the end.”



Sue Morris, Kid Lit Reviews - 2014

“I know young children will love Cock-a-Doodle Oops! The fresh story has a cartoon flare and the illustrator makes sure the delightful story stands out from the crowd. The ending is cartoon-comical. I want so badly to tell you the crazy twists, but no endings here.* The rhyming story is easy to read, which is good since kids are going to want Cock-a-Doodle Oops! read to them nightly. And don’t forget those voices. Your kids definitely will not. Find a home on a shelf for Cock-a-Doodle Oops! It’s a keeper.”


Bless Their Hearts Mom - 2014

If your child loved Click-Clack-Moo, they will ADORE this new book! The book is aimed at ages 3-9, and it definitely is the correct age group. Miss Grace as an early reader was able to get through most of the book, with some help. She adored how the animals solved the problem (aha, it teaches problem-solving too!), and laughed with uncontrollable glee at the end of the book (shhh, not telling- it's really ironic and funny!). The illustrations are perfect to the story and are adorable! If you have a child that adores farm stories, they will LOVE this book! We highly recommend it for adding to your child's Easter basket! 



Libby’s Fun Books - 2014

“This book is absolutely adorable and fun! The animals try really hard to wake the farmer and we found ourselves laughing as each animal tried to mimic the rooster with no success.The pictures are fantastic-colorful, bright and fun.


This is another book about farm animals but it has a different spin than most of the others. It  teaches animal sounds in a new and exciting way! All in all, this is an excellent children's book!


Review from my six year old son- "This book is so funny that I am going to read it again right now!"


***This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an open and honest review***



Shelf Awareness - 2014

No one can set the barnyard in motion like rooster can, as the farmyard beasts and fowl discover in this humorous farce.


The opening lines set the tone: "Farmer McPeeper was such a deep sleeper,/ not even an earthquake could shake him./ A poke or a pinch wouldn't budge him an inch,/ 'cause only his rooster could wake him." With a gently lilting rhyme, Lori Degman (1 Zany Zoo) spells out Rooster's plan to take a week's seaside vacation ("I'll sleep just as late as I please," says he) and the calendar marked daily with the animal whose duty it is to "cock-a-doodle-doo" in his absence. But Cow's "Cock-a-doodle-moooooo!" is an "udder disaster," and Chicken's "cock-a-doodle-cluck" doesn't "have any pluck." Deborah Zemke's (Doodles at Dinner) images of the critters attempting to wake Farmer McPeeper each dawn make the most of the comical situation. Her black outlines shimmer with the animals' nervous energy and sense of responsibility as the days tick by on the calendar in the upper left-hand corner, along with the featured animal attempting to wake the farmer.


In a funny surprise ending, Rooster's homecoming doesn't entirely remedy the situation, and the animals must band together to come up with a viable solution. Youngest readers will learn animal sounds and days of the week, while beginning readers will welcome the upbeat rhymes. --Jennifer M. Brown, children's editor, Shelf Awareness


What readers are saying:


"OMG - so adorable and perfect!"

“I absolutely adore this book! It's cute and clever with super-duper rhymes! Love the fun wordplay and the unexpected ending. (wish I had written this story myself!:)

P.S. It would make a great story time pairing with Can't Sleep Without Sheep by Susanna Leonard Hill.”

I really liked this book! But i don't know why. It is a cute, kids book that we bought for the grandkid library at our house. We always read the books first. And we loved this one. So far, one age 11 grandkid has reacted the same way...but could not explain, either. Yes, buy the book because this one is special somehow. If you figure out what makes it special, let me know?...lol

A funny farm animal story told in simple words and perfect rhyme.

Kids will love the humorous drawings and enjoy reading the story on their own. Those who can’t yet read it themselves are bound to want to hear it again, and it won’t be painful to the one chosen to honor that request.

In the vein of Click Clack Moo and the Minnie and Moo series, Cock-a-Doodle Oops! is the story of animals who know more about running a farm than their farmer. Well, sort of.

When Rooster goes on vacation for a week (which Farmer McPeeper doesn't seem to notice) the other animals must take turns doing the morning wake-up call. Since none of them can master the rooster's "cock-a-doodle-doo" Farmer McPeeper (who is quite a deep sleeper) ends up sleeping for the whole week. He is grossly unqualified for his job.

Told in non-annoying rhyme (always a bonus for parents) and with delightfully expressive illustrations (Deborah Zemke can get a lot of attitude into cartoon eyes), the book follows each day of the week that Rooster is away. Each morning sounds almost--but not quite--right. There's "cock-a-doodle SQUEAL," "cock-a-doodle MOO," and "cock-a-doodle BAAAA," well you get the idea.

Magda's Take:
"I loved this book! I loved everything about it. I especially liked that the animals were trying so hard to say "cock-a-doodle-doo" but really they were doing pretty well for a sheep and a pig and a cow. I mean just getting the "cock-a-doodle-baa" part is still pretty good! But I think there might be something wrong with that farmer. How can you sleep for a week? It was a good idea at the end when they just called him on the telephone. Those animals are smart."

This review (including my four-year-old's input) first appeared on my blog, Cozy Little Book Journal, and was based on a hardcover copy sent to us by the publicist in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are strictly my own (or my daughter's, as mentioned).

Cock-a-Doodle-Oops is a fun story, with clever rhyme and a theme that will delight young readers and their parents alike! The ending is the best!

My students loved the book and the illustrations! Can't wait for more!!! You sure know how to write for your audience. Excellent job again, Mrs. Degman!!!

Rooster is feeling the need for a vacation. But he's the only one who can wake the farmer up. So he devises a plan for each of the barn yard animals to take a turn at waking up the farmer. He returns to a disaster.

Bright colorful illustrations paired with a funny story will delight the children and amuse the parents. The funny little twist at the end had my son laughing. The vocabulary is simple enough that my 2nd grader could read it to himself, but the 5 yr old enjoyed listening to me read the story. A fun little book that will be finding a place on our library shelves.

I received this book free of charge from JKS Communications in exchange for my honest review.

Such a cute story written in superb rhyme with clever word play, a surprise ending, and bright illustrations that perfectly match the story. This one is tons of fun from beginning to end. You won't want to miss it!

Hott Synopsis:
Rooster has been working without a break for years & it’s time for a vacation but no one else has ever had to wake farmer… Can they do it?

Join in and watch as each of rooster’s friends tries to help him out while he gets a much needed vacation… Can they wake Farmer McPeeper long enough to be fed?

Hott Review:
So adorable!! For parents & their kids. I think I loved this as much as the little ones ;)

Farmer McPeeper's got a farm full of keepers -- an earnest barnyard bunch who do their best to fill the rooster's shoes while he's on holiday. A great way for children to learn animal sounds and a valuable lesson about the effort and the unexpected reward it can bring.

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“In a word-Delightful with a capital D! Lori Degman's rhyme, humor, and storytelling are spot-on and genius! Don't miss this one!”

“Suuuuuuper cute rhyming book for kids!!!! Funny, entertaining story, and kids can see a variety of farm animals. Surprise ending had me and my nephew laughing!”

“Lori Degman has created a very cute book with Cock-a-Doodle Oops! The farm rooster has decided to take a vacation to the beach and while he is gone all of the other animals try their “hands” at crowing to wake the farmer. The cow cock-a-doodle moos and the sheep cock-a-doodle baas but none of them can wake the farmer. My daughter and I had a lot of fun calling out the different crows. Her rhyme scheme has a really nice flow and the conclusion is a funny twist.
Deborah Zemke’s illustrations match perfectly with Degman’s text. Her depiction of all the cock-a-doodle doodling are whimsical and sweet. A very fun read, 4/5 stars.”

“Such a cute story written in superb rhyme with clever word play, a surprise ending, and bright illustrations that perfectly match the story. This one is tons of fun from beginning to end. 
You won't want to miss it!”

“This book is absolutely adorable and fun! The animals try really hard to wake the farmer and we found ourselves laughing as each animal tried to mimic the rooster with no success.The pictures are fantastic-colorful, bright and fun.

This is another book about farm animals but it has a different spin than most of the others. It teaches animal sounds in a new and exciting way! All in all, this is an excellent children's book!

Review from my six year old son- "This book is so funny that I am going to read it again right now!"

***This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an open and honest review***”

“Will Farmer McPeeper ever get woken up? All the rooster wanted was a vacation. He saved up his money to go to the beach. All the animals took turns cock-a doodling and failed. No one was as good as the rooster. 

Book was adorable and flowed real nicely. Farmers should know that their cocks need a vacation every once in awhile. They really desire the beach. ;)”

“Chock full of puns and clever wordplay, COCK-A-DOODLE OOPS! tells a story that is quirky, unexpected, and a delight to read aloud. Coupled with Deborah Zemke's charming illustrations, this book is a must-have for any child's bookshelf.”

“Cock-a-Doodle Oops! is a rhyming picture book about a rooster who takes a week-long vacation leaving his cock-a-doodle duty up to the rest of the farm animals. One-by-one they attempt to wake up Farmer Peeper (who is a deep sleeper). 

Author Lori Degman's brilliant rhyme and lively plot, paired with Deborah Zemke's fun illustration style, makes this one of my favorite picture books. 

The story encourages interactivity, which makes it a great read-aloud. Children can't help but crow along with the farm animals, finishing the rhyme and guessing the sound the farm animal makes: cock-a-doodle ________!

Cock-a-Doodle Oops! is an enjoyable and entertaining book for the whole family. Full of humor and surprises, children will be asking to read this over and over again.”

“What happens on a farm when the rooster is not there to crow? The other animals step in to fill his cock a doodlin' shoes! But what happens when days go by and they still can't wake the farmer up?

My son and I both thought this was a pretty funny book. We both would try to do the sound effects for each animal, and ended up laughing at each other when we should have been winding down to get ready for bed! 

The book is written in a rhyming scheme that is easy for young kids to follow and guess what the rhyming word will be. The illustrations of the animals standing on top of the fence and trying to do what the rooster does are hilarious.

This book teaches kids that they all have their own unique skills and quirks, and no one can do things like they do.”

“Cute early reader written in verse. What will the animals do when rooster goes on a beach vacation? Kids will have fun making the sounds as the farm animals attempt to step in for the rooster.”

“When rooster goes on vacation, all the animals try to "talk" like he does, but the farmer just keeps snoring on. When rooster gets back, he has a sore throat and can't crow (talk) very loudly, so they decide to use the phone to call the farmer. Cute and clever.”
“This is a clever book about what happens when the rooster from the farm goes away for a week and the farmer can only wake up to his crow. No matter how the other animals try, it just doesn't work! It is written in rhyming limericks - lots of fun to read and listen to.”
“Wonderful rhyme like this just begs to be read aloud. This is a great addition to my rotation of farm animal books. When Rooster goes on vacation, the other animals try to take on his responsibility of waking up the farmer. Terrific ending.”
“So freaking cute! A book in rhyme that actually follows a good meter and isn't awkward anywhere! I SUPER APPROVE of children books in verse when they are done correctly, and this story is cute. Who can wake Farmer McPeeper when he's such a deep sleeper??!?!?”
“Absolutely delightful! The rhyme pattern is great and the book incorporates the concepts of days of the week and animal sounds. Cute!”

Cute story for storytime. Have the kids participate and do the different animal sounds.
“This is such a fun story with rolicking rhyme throughout. Super twist at the end too. A great one to want to re-read over and over.”

“COCK-A-DOODLE-OOPS! is a funny, entertaining read with rhyme that literally bounces, with a great twist at the end.     A VERY enjoyable read!”
I enjoy reading children's picture books and this is one I especially enjoyed. The story invites the listener to read along and make the sounds as each animal attempts to "cock-a-doodle-doo". I love the ending too. I found the book so delightful that I ordered it for my grandchildren. They received the book yesterday and, of course, they wanted their parents to read it right away. Today, my daughter texted me that my grandson (aged 3, almost 4) is reading it to his five-month old sister. That's exactly what I hoped for! Thank-you, Lori Degman, for your delightful book!
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