Amazing Cows: Udder Absurdity for Children

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From Sandra Boynton—as it could only come from Boynton—an inventive new exuberant jumble of a book for the young reader. Amazing Cows is a picture book, a storybook, a book of fun and games—it’s all those things in one. Plus it even shows you how to find the startling recording of Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero Completely Unraveled for Orchestra and Kazoos” performed by Sandra Boyton & The Highly Irritating Orchestra. (Running time is 17:14, but seems MUCH longer.)

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Overview

From Sandra Boynton—as it could only come from Boynton—an inventive new exuberant jumble of a book for the young reader. Amazing Cows is a picture book, a storybook, a book of fun and games—it’s all those things in one. Plus it even shows you how to find the startling recording of Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero Completely Unraveled for Orchestra and Kazoos” performed by Sandra Boyton & The Highly Irritating Orchestra. (Running time is 17:14, but seems MUCH longer.)

A work of pure obsession, Amazing Cows celebrates cows and offbeat cowness with a miscellany of cow stories, cow poems, cow jokes, and other bovine ephemera. Along the way, expect lively guest appearances by ducks, pigs, and excessive numbers of chickens. There’s a song: "It Had to Be Moo." A game: "Find the Hidden Cows." Famous Barnyard Composers (surely you’ve heard of Wolfgang Amadeus Moozart and Johann Sebastian Bockbockbock). Knock-knock jokes, a cow myth, and an Amazing Cow comic-book adventure: "Trouble on Zebblor 7." Cow fashion. Cow Limericks. How to Speak Cow. Plus so much mooer.

Amazing Cows is full-color, 96 pages long, and packed with the kind of silly fun that young readers adore, especially when they can read it to themselves—and then read it to their parents, and then to their little brothers, and then to the family dog. Or the family cow.

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Editorial Reviews

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Not since the heyday of Gary Larson has so much adoration been shown to bovines. With her trademark irreverence, Boynton offers an impassioned and hyperbolic ode to cows, replete with jokes, a spread devoted to cow fashion, a cow "myth" that takes place in ancient Athens ("though Fort Lauderdale is also a strong possibility"), limericks, and puns aplenty. One highlight is a comic "from the golden age of overambitious farm animals," featuring a shy research assistant whose alter ego is the cape-wearing superhero, Amazing Cow. Those seeking hard facts about cows are mooing up the wrong tree; those in the mood for "udder chaos" need look no further. It's pure fun. — Publisher's Weekly
Children's Literature - Justina Engebretson
A note of caution to all readers! The absurdity in this book may cause severe laughter not only among the very young but also among the very old. Boynton's book contains knock-knock jokes, limericks, short stories, puns, and other silly fictional information about cows. The cartoon-like illustrations are full of humor in themselves and the text of the book alone would fail to be as funny. This book seems to be designed to mainly attract an audience of early to middle readers; however, some of the meanings of the puns, such as "Moozart," would be missed by too young of an audience. At first glance, it would seem obvious that this book holds no educational value and is written purely for entertainment; however, after further thought, this proves to be untrue. For instance, if a teacher is introducing a writing or history unit about poetry, this book would provide a humorous but accurate method for introducing students to limericks. Children often dread writing poetry but presenting it to them in a fun package might provoke greater interest. A teacher could also use this book to promote a discussion about puns with students. The table of contents could also be a useful teaching tool. Overall, Boynton's creatively humorous book is not only useful for entertainment but also for some educational fun. Reviewer: Justina Engebretson
School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—This creative picture book/joke book/comic and game book includes instructions for speaking cow and a sweet story about how cow and pig share their days. Amazing Cow saves planet Earth by flying to Zebblor 8, the Planet of the Annoying Ducks, to solve a problem on Zebblor 7, Planet of the Really Tired Chickens, in the comic "Amazing Cow!," the bovine saves planet Earth. Scattered in between are limericks, jokes, and songs. There is even a link to download "Boléro Completely Unraveled," an interminable kazoo performance by the Highly Irritating Orchestra. The entire book is illustrated with Boynton's adorable black-and-white cows, a few mystified chickens, some annoying ducks, and a really sweet pig. This is a really fun read.—Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761163718
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/25/2010
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 581,627
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton is one of America’s best-loved artists. Her Boynton on Board and other books for children have tens of millions of copies in print, with Barnyard Dance!, Snuggle Puppy!, and Pajama Time! leading the way. Ms. Boynton lives with her family in rural Connecticut, working out of a converted barn that has the only hippopotamus weather vane in the state.

Biography

In the 1980s, it was hard to enter a gift shop without seeing Sandra Boynton's name. Her humorous pen-and-watercolor cartoons of hippos, ewes, and her famous turkeys (you know, symbolizing the human ones in life who can get you down) were emblazoned on cards, mugs, stickers, stationery...and of course, her wonderful, wacky books, the first of which was 1979's Hippos Go Berserk! .

Boynton began her career as a greeting card illustrator with aspirations of theater directing; but having a family changed her focus, and she began devoting herself full-time to art. Her board books, filled with goofy animal illustrations and rhyming verse, are toddler staples. But their appeal to adults is undeniable, and she has also written a number of humor books for the general public.

Given the rhythmic, buoyant style of her writing, it was only natural that Boynton would become involved in companion music to her books. From the '90s on, several of her titles included accompanying CDs, culminating in the 2002 release of Philadelphia Chickens, a CD-book extravaganza written with composer Michael Ford and featuring musical performances by several high-profile stars.

Who knows what lies ahead for this irrepressible force of nature? If there's one thing Sandra Boynton has proved in the course of her remarkably diverse career, it's that she's not lost her capacity to surprise us. (Thank heavens!)

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    1. Hometown:
      "Somewhere in rural Connecticut"
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 3, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Orange, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Yale University, 1974; attended University of California--Berkeley Drama School and Yale Drama School

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