The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow


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This book has a mouse with a house,

and a mole in a hole,

and a squirmy worm,

and a spiky bike.

And, of course,

it has a big fat cow that goes

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 . . .


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Look inside!

This book has a mouse with a house,

and a mole in a hole,

and a squirmy worm,

and a spiky bike.

And, of course,

it has a big fat cow that goes

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 . . .


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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow:

A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best

“Broad slapstick humor and galloping, Seuss-like rhymes are just part of the reason this sequel to The Cat on the Mat Is Flat has strong child appeal. Denton’s funny illustrations are full of action, and his use of stick figures and stink lines makes the book look as though it had been illustrated by a cheeky but talented kid.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Early, emerging, reluctant, and accomplished readers alike are certain to enjoy this hilarious, easy to read book chock-full of whacky, slapstick rhyme. Perfectly complemented with zany black-and-white illustrations, kids will gobble-up these 10 short stories. . . . Full of humor, fun, and an easy format that builds reading confidence, this selection is irresistible.” —Herald Tribune (Sarasota, FL)

Praise for The Cat on The Mat Is Flat:

“Griffiths’s innovative book for beginning readers collects nine short, intentionally silly snippets propelled by kid-pleasing, tongue-tripping verse . . . Denton’s edgy, stick-figure-filled sketches enhance the zaniness factor and the offbeat, ironic humor.” —Publishers Weekly

“Take one part Dr. Seuss, one part Edward Lear, place in a blender with a dash of Dav Pilkey and a bit of Cartoon Network juice . . . meant to be read as pure joy. It's a piece of candy eaten in secret between meals.” —The Excelsior File (blog)

“Definitely not your parents’ easy reader, but perfect for fans of Lane Smith’s Happy Hockey Family.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This collection of stories is fun albeit with a touch of mayhem . . . This is a good book for beginning readers, in the same vein as The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. It will likely spark a new rhyming nation of happy youngsters, some of whom will grow up to write their generation’s outrageously funny advertising jingles . . . Any beginning reader will find it charmingly slapstick and fun.” —Armchair Interviews


School Library Journal
Gr 2–3—Broad slapstick humor and galloping, Seuss-like rhymes are just part of the reason this sequel to The Cat on the Mat Is Flat (Feiwel & Friends, 2007) has strong child appeal. Denton's funny illustrations are full of action, and his use of stick figures and stink lines makes the book look as though it had been illustrated by a cheeky but talented kid. The type layout is peppy and appropriate, breaking the story up with words that shrink or become enormous as the rhymes dictate. The 10 brief stories allow for frequent pauses but also flow together well, with some unexpected and witty transitions. A few challenging words ("underwater," "squirm") make this a book for more-competent beginning readers.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
Children's Literature - Erika Clark
This wonderful, comic-style book includes cartoons that visually express the humor and action of every word. It would be the perfect selection for students to read independently during their free time in any classroom to build interest in reading for fun. The author effectively organizes the collection of stories, although each short story sees one or more new characters being introduced. The author uses text features such as the table of contents and chapter headings to organize each story. The author also manipulates text features to better appeal to the reader. For example, the text reads: "Klaus the mouse has a very small house. A very, very, very, very, very small house. But Klaus the mouse hates his small house...because Klaus is a very, very, very big mouse." As a student tracks the words about Klaus the mouse, he or she will notice how the words increase and decrease in size, depending on the meaning and action of the story. The fun does not cease with Klaus the mouse too big for his house. Willy the worm never pays attention! He fools around so much that he always ends up in a big knot. Then there are Keith, Ed, and Daisy, who are all unique! Keith is a man who wears one coat on top and two underneath, whereas his brother Ed wears five hats on tip of his head. Their sister is known as "One-dress Daisy," and she shares her dress with her best friend. Students will be tempted to turn the pages to learn more about Griffiths' wacky characters and their unique situations. Reviewer: Erika Clark
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312653019
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Edition description: STRIPPABLE
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 223,381
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Andy Griffiths is the New York Times bestselling author of The Day My Butt Went Psycho!, Zombie Butts from Uranus!, Butt Wars! The Final Conflict, and The Cat on the Mat Is Flat. In 2007, he became the first Australian author to win six children’s choice awards in one year for Just Shocking! He is passionate about inspiring a love of books in his young readers, and works as an ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Project, which provides books and literacy resources to remote indigenous communities around Australia. Andy is a big fan of Dr. Seuss and of cauliflower. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, and is Australia’s most popular children’s writer.

Terry Denton is known for his humorous illustration style and has worked with Andy on the Just! books and The Cat on the Mat is Flat, among others. He lives by the sea in Australia with his wife, three kids, and a pop-up toaster that only toasts on one side.

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Read an Excerpt


It’s raining big fat cows today.

How many cows?

It’s hard to say.

A big cow here.

A fat cow there.

Big fat cows are



Cows underwater.

Cows in space.

Big fat cows all over the place!

Excerpted from The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow by Andy Griffiths.

Copyright 2008 by Terry Denton.

Published in First U.S. Edition: 2009 by Feiwel and Friends.

All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2011

    Excellent to get reluctant readers interested

    My son is a reluctant reader (4.5 yrs old) and this was an interesting and engaging book. Very few words, funny illustrations,he soon had it memorized and was "reading" it. Good door opener to reading other books
    By 2nd grader also enjoys it. And its a favorite read at bed time.

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