Nightgown Countdown

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Pokeweed Press, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 24 pages
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Just as she is getting ready for bed, a farmer notices that ten of her barnyard animals are preparing for an all-night hoedown. Still wearing her nightgown, she sneaks out to watch them as they dance through the night. As the animals lay down one by one, she counts them off in standard countdown fashion. "Ten farm animals dancing in a line, horse got dizzy, then there were nine."

Young readers love the rhythm and rhyme in this book, predicting each number as they turn the page to see what animal drops out from the party. John Bianchi's goofy animal characters are as endearing as ever and he manages to work in his usual visual subplots (including a pair of courting chickens who almost stay awake until sunrise).

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User Review  - Mattie10 - LibraryThing

Nightgown Countdown was a small picture book about 10 farm animals who are getting ready to go to bed. The book goes through each farm animal one by one who fall out of the dancing line. After each ... Read full review

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User Review  - Melanie1 - LibraryThing

Just as she is getting ready for bed, a farmer notices that ten of her barnyard animals are preparing for an all-night hoedown. Still wearing her nightgown, she sneaks out to watch them as they dance ... Read full review

About the author (1999)

Versatile and prolific, Frank B. Edwards has written 23 childrens books (for ages 3 to 12), including juvenile novels, picture books and early readers. His first novel, "Frogger", was nominated for a Silver Birch Award. Franks humorous picture books are popular with children, parents and teachers alike.

John Bianchi is a self taught illustrator and author. He began working at random jobs during the day; cleaning buildings, supervising children at a playground, mixing mortar for masons and at night, he painted pictures every evening.He soon became a professional artist, painting during the week and selling pictures to tourists on the weekend. From there, Bianchi was offered a job at a film studio, painting backgrounds for animated films. He enjoyed the experience so much that he began writing his own stories, but couldn't find a publisher. Eventually he showed his stories to Frank Edwards, a friend from Harrowsmith magazine. Edwards liked them so much that he thought the two should form their own publishing company. They did, and called it Bungalo Books. Bianchi wrote his first book for the new publishing company and called it The Bungalo Boys: Last of the Tree Ranchers. In the first year, the company printed 5,000 copies and sold most of them. Since then, Bianchi and Edwards have produced more than 35 titles and sold almost 1.5 million books. Since 1999 they have produced more than a dozen new titles for Pokeweed Press. Together, they have published over 40 titles and have sold over 1.6 million books. In the last fifteen years, Bianchi has visited over 400 schools, conducting writing and illustration workshops for children. His works include Dog Eared Classics, The Bigh Fish Wish, Lab Rats, and The Toad Sleeps Over.