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Award Winners Reviewed Titles Capstone Interactive Accelerated Reader

Farmer Cap

by Jill Kalz
Illustrated by Sahin Erkocak

Farmer Cap is a strange old man. All of his neighbors in Pfeffernut County think so. But their minds may change when they see what bizarre foods he harvests this year.

GenreFantasy & Science Fiction
Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Interest LevelGrades K-2
ATOS Level3.4
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #116552
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Count32
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price



School Library Journal--Blog - Diane Chen

"Farmer Cap is CRAZY and I love it. There are some books that stand out for their unusualness. So does the main character of Farmer Cap by Picture Window Books author Jill Kalz. Sahin Erkocak has created some of the wildest illustrations and I keep going back to this book and looking at it again and again. It has made me pull my hair. I have even talked to the publishing company about my amazement with the design, the book jacket, and the end pages. "Why can't you design end pages so the end flaps don't cover up any of the pictures?" I demanded. "What is the author and illustrator information doing in the front instead of in the back?" "How did you conceptualize this wacky book?" "How can I get the rest of the books in the series?" "Is Sahin Erkocak working on anything else for you?" Did you know there is a category for Eccentrics and Eccentricitites-Fiction? This title will also work for my tall tale unit. Can you imagine if my kindergarten teachers try to use this with their farm unit? The madness the mayhem! I think I'm going to make some Pfeffernuese Cookies after reading this book.If you read this book, tell me what you think? Then I'm going to call your neighbors and see if you snuck out and planted licorice at midnight." - School Library Journal--Blog

January 7, 2008

Save the Picture Book blog

"Announcing--our first out of town school book reviews! These are from Sunflower Elementary in Paola, Kan., which is about an hour from Kansas City, and happens to be where my grandma and grandpa grew up (in apartments down the hall from each other--a sweet story for another day. For now, a Fact of the Day: The sunflower is both the Kansas state flower and nickname--"the Sunflower State.") Jamie McDaniel's fifth grade class reviewed a variety of funny picture books. From their reviews, I learned about a cool new series! The Pfeffernut County books, published by Capstone, are about, well, Pfeffernut County. It's a place on the prairie. (Perhaps in Minnesota, where Capstone is based. Or perhaps in Kansas, another beautiful prairie state.) In Pfeffernut County, people dream big! I love books that tell stories about people in a small community and think this is a great idea for a kids' series. Here are a couple reviews--by Noah and Drew--for Henry Shortbull Swallows the Sun, by Jill Kalz, ill. by Sahin Erkocak (Capstone, 2008.) Noah L., age 10: Summary: A boy who wants everything swallows a sun making all the lights go out in Pfeffernut County. What did you like about this book? It had good suspense and a good plot. What is something you wish was different about the book? I wish he had the sun in his somattach a little longer. What was funny about this book? When he ate the sun. How did this book make you feel? Happy, and not to be greedy. Who would like this book the most? Mostly 5-12 year olds. Drew, age 11: Summary: A kid who wonted everything so he would take people’s toys and be mean and then one day he swallowed the sun. What did you like about this book? When he swallowed the sun. What is something you wish was different about the book? I wish that he swallowed the Moon. What was funny about this book? When his grandma was wondering why there was no light. How did this book make you feel? Curious. Who would like this book the most? 1st grade. And two for Farmer Cap, also by Kalz and Erkocak, reviewed by Sabrina and Lydia. Sabrina F., age 10: Summary: A farmer know plants weird things the other farmers think he’s weird they finely do some of his ideas. What did you like about this book? That it was funny and that the farmer was weird. What is something you wish was different about the book? That the other farmers would plant 4 things. What was funny about this book? That farmer cap planted pink marshmulows. How did this book make you feel? Happy. Who would like this book the most? My little brother. Lydia C., age 10: Summary: A weird farmer who grows weird things that are not farming things like popsicles, spaghetti, and marshmellows. But in the end he changed farming ways by getting everyone to plant those kinda things. What did you like about this book? The funny, crazy, unreal things in it. What is something you wish was different about the book? More words. What was funny about this book? The crazy weird things that he grew. How did this book make you feel? I really adore, admire this book. And it was very humorous. It made me cuckled inside. Who would like this book the most? Little kids. 1-12. The Sunflower fifth graders did a great job, and as runners up in the Save the Laughing Children! (and the Picture Book) contest, they will receive two picture books, plus something funny (but useful.) Well done, kids!" - Save the Picture Book blog

April 20, 2011 - By Kristin Kveno, copy editor-staff writer of The Land

"Land Minds: Start thinking ‘marshmallows’ Originally published in the March 20, 2009, print edition. Last night I was reading a bedtime story to my two girls. The book “Farmer Cap” is a tale about a quirky old farmer who marches to the beat of his own drum. When the rest of the area farmers were growing corn, beans and carrots, Farmer Cap was growing spaghetti and popsicles. The other farmers all thought that Farmer Cap was one odd fellow, and when he drilled the frozen ground in the winter to get ready to begin planting, they definitely thought something wasn’t right in his head. But Farmer Cap never seemed to let what others said interfere in his plans. He worked on his “crop” all winter, spring and fall. He poured maple syrup on the ground, he filled the ground with air and crop dusted his crop with powdered sugar. Finally, one fall morning he heard a whoosh sound outside that let him know that his crop was ready to be harvested. When he went outside, he saw the most glorious sight he could have ever dreamed of, rows and rows of giant marshmallows. Instead of laughing at old Farmer Cap, this time the other farmers decided perhaps it was time for them to learn something new from this wacky farmer. Soon they were growing giant pretzels, doughnuts and candy canes. This is a clever little book and one that reminds us that thinking outside the box can be a good thing. This lesson is never more relevant than it is today, as we are in the midst of tough economic times; without a concrete deadline of when things will turn around, things as usual, well, aren’t usual anymore. There are massive layoffs, foreclosures, businesses folding and an overwhelming gloom that seems to smack us in the face every time we turn on the evening news. This kind of constant negative environment is hard to take. That is why I have decided that we as a nation need to adopt Farmer Cap’s attitude. We need to think outside the box, no more business as usual. Why not try things that we have never done before, perhaps those are the exact things that are needed. I think about all the farmers in northwestern Minnesota and across North Dakota who still have fields of corn left standing. Some have reported that they may not be able to get their corn crop harvested until May or June, and that was before the blizzard that engulfed the area on March 10. Harvesting as usual definitely doesn’t apply to these producers this year, and many are concerned about being able to get their 2009 crop in after they harvest their 2008 crop; a crazy situation for sure. It will take pure determination, hard work and doing things that may have not been done before, to help those farmers turn a difficult situation into, hopefully, a manageable one. I hope that this economic wave will soon turn in our favor but until then, we need to hold our heads up high. Think about what can be done to get through this tough time; perhaps going back to school to get a degree in something you have always wanted to do but never had the courage to go get. It can be looking at ways to earn additional money whether you take on an additional job or take a hobby and turn it into a business. Farmer Cap didn’t give up, even when others around him thought he was crazy. That is why we need to get creative, get resourceful and get to it. There are some giant marshmallows to harvest. -" -

March 27, 2009


The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library Association

2008 Readers' Choice Award, Minnesota Book Awards

January 1, 2008

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library Association

2008 Finalist, Minnesota Book Awards

January 1, 2008

Jill Kalz

Jill Kalz

Jill Kalz is the author of more than 70 children's books. Her picture book Farmer Cap (Picture Window Books) was a finalist for a 2008 Minnesota Book Award and the winner of the Readers' Choice Award and an AEP Distinguished Achievement Award. Jill also writes short stories and poetry for adults. She works as a children's book editor and lives in Minnesota with her charismatic dog, Tuckerbean.

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