A Kid of Their Own is the second book set on the farm by Megan Dowd Lambert. The puns are worse than before, the story, however, is a bit stronger. The ending says book three to come!
This time Clyde and the farmyard animals get a new Mama Goat with her baby. Everyone is overjoyed about the new addition. Except for Clyde. Roberta, his goose friend, is now taking the kid under her wing and not Clyde. The results are obvious, Clyde is jealous and does some not-so-nice things. But can he learn from this and help the new friends?
This time, I enjoyed Lambert’s book. Their first book (when Clyde comes to the farm) was about self-esteem issues. Which is a good subject but has been done a lot of late. This time, we talk about jealousy. And while that too is a common theme, this seemed to have a slightly different feel to it. The remorse seems genuine and the apologize heartfelt. You feel Clyde is sorry, he has learned a lesson. Most ages can enjoy (either being read to or reading themselves) and its modern theme gives it a little twist to keep the theme of jealousy/envy a fresh take.
Jessica Lanan’s illustrations are cozy, little silly and work with the story. There are nice coloring and details, some of which are references to the previous book and some just a fun joke. There are the two farmers again, but this time they play a larger roll. There are a lot of dad jokes that are being told by the animals themselves, but the farmers have one or two Plus, if you look closely there is something going on that is not normally seen on a farm. But this thing is only mentioned in the art. That is until the farm and the animals get one big surprise on the last page!