Written by Doreen Cronin
and Illustrated by Betsy Lewin
It’s not every day you’re riding in your car, a song released in 1968 comes on the radio and a kid in the back seat blurts out its title.
Ken was driving, meaning the radio was tuned to a Daddy’s Long Hair music station, when the aforementioned song hit the airwaves.
“That’s Born To Be Wild,” Simone said, with confidence.
“Steppenwolf sings that,” said Ken, anticipating a question from the back seat.
“Duck sings that,” Simone responded.
It took a few seconds for us to realize Simone was talking about Duck in Dooby Dooby Moo. The book, written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin, is a bedtime favorite.
Here’s the low down. When Duck discovers an advertisement in the newspaper announcing a talent show at the county fair, listing first prize as a slightly used trampoline, Farmer Brown’s animals swing into action. The cows and sheep concentrate on singing nursery rhymes, while the pigs work on an interpretive dance. Farmer Brown hears the animals practicing, while he snoops around his own farm. He figures they are up to something and takes them to the county fair before heading off to get some barbeque. At the talent show, the cows and sheep impress some of the judges, but the pigs, lacking a full night’s sleep, snore when it is time to perform. Duck wants the trampoline, steps up and belts out a winning version of Born to Be Wild. After the talent show, Farmer Brown suspects nothing until he hears “boings” coming from inside the barn.
Dooby Dooby Moo is hilarious. The girls like the book because they can sing the songs. We like the book because we can sing the songs. The added benefit is that you may be driving along one day when your kid blurts out the title to a song she hasn’t heard in its entirety.