Four Legs Bad, Two Legs Good! hardcover (Hardcover)

By D.B. Johnson

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780618809097, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 10, 2007

List Price: 16.00*
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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 farm—and 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.

About the Author

D. B. Johnson has been a freelance illustrator for more than twenty years and has done editorial cartoons, comic strips, and conceptual illustrations for magazines and newspapers around the country. Mr. Johnson’s first picture book, Henry Hikes to Fitchburg, was a New York Times bestseller and a Publishers Weekly bestseller, as well as an American Bookseller “Pick of the Lists.” Henry Hikes to Fitchburg also won numerous awards, including the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Picture Books and the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. Mr. Johnson lives in New Hampshire.

Praise For Four Legs Bad, Two Legs Good! hardcover

"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