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Ma, I'm a Farmer

illustrated by Michael Martchenko

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beginner, humorous stories
list price: $6.95
also available: Hardcover
published: 2003
publisher: Annick Press

An inventive barnyard yarn from a household name.

Fred doesn't care for work, especially his city job. One day, just like that, he tells his bewildered mother, "Ma, I'm a farmer!" That'll be a relaxing change.

His new neighbors warn him of the workload. "Chores, schmores, I'm not doing any chores," snorts Fred. But the hungry animals have other ideas, and soon Fred is up to his overalls in agriculture.

Farmer Fred turns to his technical know-how, and in no time machines are doing his dirty work and he can relax.... That is, until his automatons blow the power grid and the electric company cuts him off for good. But there's energy enough from the wind and the sun if you build the right gadgets.

Finally, Fred can sit back and proudly say, "Ma, I'm a farmer!" It's not such hard work after all...but wait! Is that smoke?

With his usual wit and visual flair, celebrated illustrator Michael Martchenko excels in this ticklish tale of too much technology that proves there is no substitute for a hard day's work.

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Contributor notes

Michael Martchenko is best known for his work with author Robert Munsch. Their book The Paper Bag Princess is one of the best-selling picture books of all time. Martchenko has illustrated over 30 books for children and won numerous awards, including the Ruth Schwartz Award for Thomas' Snowsuit.


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Editorial Reviews

Youngsters will be most entertained by Martchenko's zany, bustling watercolor cartoons, filled with funny flourishes.

— Publishers Weekly

Naïveté is the basis for the rib-tickling humor... the watercolor cartoons are equally as funny as they bring Fred's predicaments and contraptions to life and capture his amusing facial and body language.

— School Library Journal

Humorously written and illustrated, Martchenko's book introduces children to the concept that hard work brings success. Recommended.

— Canadian Materials
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Michael Martchenko

Michael Martchenko is the award-winning illustrator of the Classic Munsch series and many other beloved children's books. He was born north of Paris, France, and moved to Canada when he was seven. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Patricia.

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