Cute story, awesome tool belt!
A voice from the middle of the van: "Mom, what's an oy-juh?"
Me: "Is it spelled o-u-i-j-a? That is pronounced wee-jee, and it means [blah blah blah]." I just had no idea it was an item on Chico Bon-Bon's tool belt. Too bad he doesn't have to use it in the story (or - as far as I can recall - the nearby rhyming "squouija" :^)
Maybe the problem is that I wasn't reading this aloud, but I did not enjoy it as much as the others we've read (shop, and jeep). It didn't have the same fun rhythms, or creativity - except for the last few pages. I loved the wolves in sheep's clothing - best part of the book!
Be sure to listen to the CD - it's great to listen to Pete Seeger tell the story and sing the song, although it might make you feel inadequate about your own rendition.
I'd give it a 2 (didn't find the storyline very compelling) but my boys would give it at least a 4, so we'll let it stand as a 3. Maybe I should have read it aloud first, rather than reading on my own - perhaps I would have enjoyed it more had I gotten their reactions.
I listened to Hans Brinker as an audio book in part because I felt like I was missing a literary classic. I'm glad I listened, because I doubt I would have read past the first chapter - it starts with a long history and geology of the Netherlands, and it contains a number of very long digressions that do not move the story along. It's also quite heavy-handed and didactic in parts, but perhaps that is true to the era. The core of the story is interesting, but there's a lot of other stuff around it.