Four Legs Bad, Two Legs Good! hardcover
By D.B. Johnson
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618809097, 32pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2007
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On No-Man Farm, Orvie rules. What makes that lazy pig the farmer? Orvie can walk on two legs. And that makes him better than all the other animals. All except Duck. I have two legs, Orvie. Can I be the farmer now?” she asks.
You’re too little, Duck,” says Orvie. You can’t do BIG work.” I can do BIG work!” Duck says. More like BIG MISCHIEF! Award-winning author and illustrator D. B. Johnson adds a lively new chapter to George Orwell’s classic Animal Farm. This time, a duck brings a joyful transformation to the farmand to Orvie! In this picture book, as well as the ones he has written about Henry David Thoreau, D. B. Johnson continues, with simplicity and humor, to draw children to the complex ideas in great works of literature.
"Johnson chooses a glowing earth-tone palette...for his fine-tuned multimedia illustrations..." - Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly
"Johnson's art is great...a sprightly scenario, full of quirky, quacky fun." Booklist 10/01/07 Booklist, ALA
Slightly cubist, cartoon-like illustrations in mixed media capture the lighthearted politics of this comic animal farm Kirkus Reviews
"Johnson...tackles another complex idea...The edgy, bright, mixed-media art uses stylized characters and panels to illustrate the action." SLJ November 2007 School Library Journal
"[A]n admirable story in itself." LMC January 2008 Library Media Connection