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Old Macdonald Had a Phone

Written by Jeanne Willis

Illustrated by Tony Ross

Part of the Online Safety Picture Books Series

Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 Stories about Animals Family / Home Stories Humorous

LoveReading View on Old Macdonald Had a Phone

A superb cautionary tale for our online times

February 2021 Book of the Month

Old Macdonald had a phone, e-i-e-i-o. Very useful it is too, helping him get organised and run the farm. But then he drops it in the lake, and when ordering a replacement, accidentally buys 100. The animals all take one, and chaos ensues. They are all so busy on their phones – here a tweet, there a chat – that nothing gets done and Old Macdonald has no milk, or eggs to sell.  Fortunately, he finds a solution, and everyone lives happily – a chat-chat here, and a selfie there, but not all day – that seems fair! It’s another clever, very funny cautionary tale for our online times from the brilliant duo of Willis and Ross.  The rhymes make it bliss to read aloud, and the illustrations are a spritely delight.  Funny, clever and we can all learn from it – what more could you ask? Smiley face.

Look out too for the other books in this fabulous series, Chicken Clicking, Troll Stinks and #Goldilocks.

Andrea Reece

Old Macdonald Had a Phone Synopsis

Old Macdonald loves his phone: it helps him organise his farm. But when the animals each get one of their own, they are soon on thier phones all day - Here a tweet, there a chat, WhatsApping the farm cat - and before they know it, no work is getting done! What can Old Macdonald do?

Sing along to the tune of Old Macdonald had a Farm, in this hilarious cautionary tale for a new generation of phone-users. From the award-winning partnership of Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross, the fourth in the series of picturebooks exploring online issues.

Old Macdonald Had a Phone Press Reviews

[O]n point and funny. . . Ross's sprightly and oh-so-expressive cartoon illustrations are a perfect match with Willis' humor - Kirkus

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783449521
Publication date: 4th February 2021
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Tony Ross
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2
Topics: Animals, Family / Home Stories, Humorous, Self-Awareness / Self-Esteem

About Jeanne Willis

Jeanne Willis is an award-winning children's author and scriptwriter. She had her first picture book published by Andersen Press at the age of 21, and since then she has won the Silver Medal Smarties Prize (Tadpole's Promise), the Nasen Special Needs Award (Susan Laughs), the Sheffield Children's Book Award (Who’s in The Loo) and the Red House Children's Book Award (Bottoms Up). Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, including Polly Pocket and The Slow Norris, and a pilot TV series for Dr Xargle. She lives in North London with her husband. Photo credit: Justine Stoddart

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