A Birthday for Cow!


Pig and Mouse are hard at work baking the best birthday cake EVER for Cow. But it would be a lot easier if Duck weren't hanging around, yammering on about turnips or some nonsense. (Sheesh!) With all this silliness going on, how will they manage to throw Cow a spectacular birthday party? Well, as it turns out, crazy Duck just might have had the right idea all along!
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Pig and Mouse are hard at work baking the best birthday cake EVER for Cow. But it would be a lot easier if Duck weren't hanging around, yammering on about turnips or some nonsense. (Sheesh!) With all this silliness going on, how will they manage to throw Cow a spectacular birthday party? Well, as it turns out, crazy Duck just might have had the right idea all along!
This second picture book from Jan Thomas features wacky humor that toddlers will adore, rowdy repetitions, irreverent dialogue--and a hilarious twist at the end.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
It is cow's birthday, and the celebration is about to begin. Pig and Mouse are making Cow the best birthday cake ever. They mix flour, sugar, and eggs into a big bowl. Duck wants to mix in a turnip, which Pig and Mouse adamantly refuse to do so. How can you mix a turnip into a birthday cake? As the cake is baked and about to be decorated, Duck keeps insisting that they add the turnip, but the other animals refuse to consider this suggestion. They ice and decorate a beautiful cake which they feel Cow is guaranteed to love. The end of the story has a funny twist: Cow arrives at the surprise party and is thrilled to receive a turnip; he is not quite sure what do with the birthday cake. Children and parents will enjoy this humorous story, as well as the cartoon-like drawings which bring it alive in splendid color and details. This book brings new humor and fun to an old topic, birthday celebrations. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

PreS-K- It's Cow's birthday, and Pig and Mouse decide to bake a cake. They follow the standard recipe, mixing eggs, flour, and sugar, but Duck wants to add a turnip. Outvoted, the duck nevertheless persists in trying to contribute the special ingredient, even as the others top off the finished treat with candles. A surprised Cow is overjoyed to be feted, and on seeing her friends hold up their gifts exclaims: "Is that what I think it is? Oh boy, this is the best birthday ever...a turnip." Told in simple language, this whimsical story is illustrated with somewhat abstract cartoon drawings in bright colors and strong black lines. Some of the spreads have a cluttered appearance that may be a bit confusing to the very young, but children will delight in the humor.-G. Alyssa Parkinson, Highland Township Library, MI

Kirkus Reviews
Thomas scores again after What Will Fat Cat Sit On? (2007) with another droll crowd-pleaser for the OshKosh B'Gosh set. Scornfully rejecting Duck's hilariously persistent efforts to add a turnip, Pig and Mouse create a luscious cake-only to find themselves saddled with eating it themselves (not that they mind) when Cow obliviously falls on Duck's turnip, rapturously declaring this birthday the best one ever. Punctuated by punch-line words (usually "TURNIP") in red, the huge, pithy text is paired to simply drawn figures that spill past the edges, and often seem ready to pop right up from the page. From the calendar countdown on the front endpapers (Cow's birthday is October 17th, if you're curious) to a closing joke on the rear ones about using turnips as toothbrushes, this riotous read-aloud is guaranteed to have them rolling in the aisles. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152060725
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 252,886
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

JAN THOMAS is the creator of What Will Fat Cat Sit On? and A Birthday for Cow! She lives in Socorro, New Mexico.
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  • Posted May 29, 2009

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    My daughter loves this book

    My daughter who is 6 loves this book. She can read it by herself and thinks its very funny. We checked it out at the library and have had it so long over due, I deceided to buy it.

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