Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

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Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears

Click, clack, MOO.
Click, clack, MOO.
Clickety, clack, MOO.

But Farmer Brown's problems REALLY begin when his cows start ...
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Overview

Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears

Click, clack, MOO.
Click, clack, MOO.
Clickety, clack, MOO.

But Farmer Brown's problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes....

Doreen Cronin's understated text and Betsy Lewin's expressive illustrations make the most of this hilarious situation. Come join the fun as a bunch of literate cows turn Farmer Brown's farm upside down.
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Farmer Brown is used to all the sounds he hears on his farm. The clucks of the chickens, the quacks of the ducks, and the loud moos of the cows. Then one morning, a sound rings through the fields: Click, clack moo. It seems that his cows have begun to type on the old typewriter. Not only that, they have also typed a request. The barn is chilly and they need electric blankets. Astounded and shocked, the farmer refuses, and the cows are left no choice -- they post a strike notice on the barn door: "No milk today." And the typing didn't stop there. The next note requests electric blankets for the hens, too -- and then the hens go on strike!

Farmer Brown can't believe it, so he types a note of his own: "You are cows and hens. I demand milk and eggs." The duck issues the ultimatum to the cows, and the next morning, they bargain with Farmer Brown to exchange the typewriter for blankets (Duck would bring over the typewriter in the morning.) That night, the cows and hens sleep warm and cozy. Then Farmer Brown awakes to another typewritten note. The ducks are bored at the pond and demand a diving board. Click, clack, quack.

This innovative and smart story introduces children to the concept of bargaining and compromise. Using the tools at their disposal, the cows worked hard for their basic needs. Skills and smarts add up to a successful outcome. Another concept explored here is the basic rights of individuals. In understated but clear terms, young readers are led to question Farmer Brown's authority and inherent right to the milk and eggs. Sound a little serious for a kids book? Take another look. The fabulous watercolors and crisp text of the typewritten notes will woo young readers. And the hilarious ingenuity of the courageous cows and hens will inspire and amuse.

--Amy Barkat

Children's Literature
"Cows that type? Impossible!" That's what Farmer Brown thinks when he first hears the "click, clack" from the barn, but then he reads the note the cows write him. All they want is electric blankets for the cold barn. When he refuses, they go on strike. What's worse for the farmer is that the strike spreads to the cold hens as well. Duck finally negotiates a compromise. Unfortunately for Farmer Brown, the ducks have learned from all this, leaving us with a smile at the ending. This broadly humorous nonsense finds an appropriately bold, almost slapdash visual counterpart in Lewin's illustrations. Thick, brushed black lines define the characters and farm environment, while washes of color help emphasize gestures and evoke emotions, as when the red door symbolizes the farmer's rage. Great slapstick also suggests thoughts on animal rights.
Esmé Raji Codell
This hilarious story with a surprise ending is a great tribute to fair play and introduces the power of communication in a way that even the youngest listener will enjoy.
Bookbag Magazine
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Cows that type? "Impossible!" That is what Farmer Brown thinks when he first hears the "click, clack" from the barn, but then he reads the note the cows write him. All they want is electric blankets for the cold barn. When he refuses, they go on strike. What is worse for the farmer is that the strike spreads to the cold hens as well. Duck finally negotiates a compromise. Unfortunately for Farmer Brown, the ducks have learned from all this, leaving us with a smile at the ending. This broadly humorous nonsense finds an appropriately bold, almost slapdash visual counterpart in Lewin's illustrations. Thick brushed black lines define the characters and farm environment, while washes of color help emphasize gestures and evoke emotions, as when the red door symbolizes the farmer's rage. Great slapstick also suggests thoughts on animal rights. Originally a picture book that received a Caldecott Honor, nothing is lost when this story is turned into a board book. It should bring lots of smiles to little ones. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689832130
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Series: Click, Clack Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 31,865
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Doreen Cronin

Doreen Cronin is the author of many bestselling picture books, including Click, Clack, Boo; Dooby Dooby Moo; Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure; Bounce; Wiggle; Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; and the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at DoreenCronin.com.

Betsy Lewin is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and its sequels, Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Duck for President; Dooby Dooby Moo; and Thump, Quack, Moo; in addition to a number of other picture books, including So, What’s It Like to Be a Cat? and Where Is Tippy Toes? She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Fantastic book - my tiddler's love it!

    I have 2-year old twin boys and we all absolutely love this book! The writing flows well and is easy to read aloud, the illustrations hold their interest, and the storyline is fun enough that I love reading it over and over. A must-have for any child!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    will never read to my children again

    A not so thinly veiled pro union agenda is the overall theme of the book. The farmer is made out to be a bad guy and that the only way to get ahead is to unite. I would not mind so much except there are lesson plans for continued education on the subject and nowhere is the other side represented. So I think I will go back to Dr Suess.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

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    Couldn't help laughing

    Pure fun, even for adults. Excellent read-aloud and while adults may or may not appreciate the "labor vs management" theme, the majority will simply appreciate the humor along with the children.

    The knowledge that publishers initially turned it down added to my appreciation. It really is very well done!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    A Fantastic Book

    Your political leanings, notwithstanding, Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, is a wonderful book that will have children and adults laughing out loud. Farmer Brown is angered when he learns that not only does he own literate cows, but that they can type, and type they do with a daily list of demands to make their life more comfortable. Soon the cows are joined in their endeavor by the chickens, along with their demands, and more fun ensues. At first Farmer Brown refuses to deal with what he sees as recalcitrant bovine, but reconsiders when the animals enlist the aid of a duck mediator. Through a series of negotiations the cows and chickens get their demands met, but alas, the farmer learns too late, ducks also know how to type. I don¿t know if this book really teaches children about mediation and cooperation as some reviews suggest, however, I do know that it will teach children how to laugh. The story is aided by wonderful watercolor illustrations by Betsy Lewin. Her very simple renderings add to the humor of the story, and the expressions on the faces of animals is worth the price of the book alone. Quill says: This fantastic book also earned the Caldecott Honor in 2000, and is worth revisiting.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    LOVE IT

    I USED TO LOVE THIS BOOK IN THIRD GRADE! I DIDNT EVEN KNOW THEY HAD IT ON THE NOOK! AND SOON MY LITTLE BROTHER WILL READ IT! IT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE KIDS BOOK! PUSH YES IF YOU AGREE WITH ME!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Fun book!

    This book is funny and my son enjoys it. However, I did buy it for him when he was too young. The cardboard cutouts aren't sturdy enough for my 23 month old. When he is older I will let him play with it alone but for now we only play with it together.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2009

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    Addictive

    I gave this book to my two year old nephew and he doesn't want to stop reading it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2000

    What a unique childrens book.

    I loved this book. It's got a unique story and is funny enough for adults to enjoy too. I loved the part about the duck delivering the ultimatum because he was neutral. Cute and clever.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    fun

    Such fun! It was the hit of the whole family Christmas get together. Adults included!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    I

    Iv loved this book since i was 3 and am so glad i found it agian!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    F

    I am 12 and have always loved this book. Its funny, and its good for kids. Every plage says "click, clack, moo.. click, clack, moo... clickety clack, moo..." its funny till the end

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2010

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    Memorable and Enjoyable

    I first came across this book while volunteering at my 3yr old daughters daycare during story time and realized what she'd been chanting about at home. As she read aloud to her students (her dolls and stuffed animals)I would hear her say "Click Clack Moo". I could really hear the enthusiasm in her little voice. As I sat in on story time with her class I could see why she loved this book so much; its absolutely adorable and funny! However not only was it a fun book the way her teacher turned it into a lesson for the class with counting of the cows and also learning definitions of some of the words used within the book. I fell in love with this book and went out the next day and bought it for her and she requires that I read it to her EVERY day, but I don't mind because its just as enjoyable to me as it is for her. I plan on buying her Giggle, Giggle, Quack next for her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    We were very disappointed!!

    We saw this book and instantly knew it was just right for our kindergarten-aged grand-daughter. She has a great sense of humour for a 5 year old, and we could already see her laughing with delight at the end of the story.
    As soon as we were back in Canada we phoned her up and asked her if she had ever heard of Cows that type!
    "Of Course, Grampy! Our teacher read us the story at school". And she then proceeded to tell us the whole story.
    But she is still happy to have the book for her very own!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Click Clack

    The cutest kids' book in a long time. My grandchildren loved the story and the illustrations

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2010

    Super Cute Book

    Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type, by Doreen Cronin, was an excellent story book for children. The pictures were very vibrant and went along with the story. The repetition of Click, Clack, Moo was very good and helped tie the type-writer into the story. I think that kids will find it hilarious that the cows can type. The book allows them to use their imagination because they know that real cows cannot do that. I think it is awesome that the ducks get the typewriter in the end and start typing letters to the Farmer...a diving board. I would recommend this book to any family/child that likes to laugh together. Super fun!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Cute book!

    Catchy and fun to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    who would've thought

    Who would've thought about cows typing on a typewriter? Very cute book for kids that Adults enjoy too! In a way it teaches negotiation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2008

    What a great book!!

    This book is great for engaging students! I read it to my mother's students in her Special Education class and they absolutely loved it! They were totally engaged by the illustrations and the story. The way the author writes this book is spectacular! She uses short, simple sentences to carry out big ideas. This makes it very easy for children to relate to the book. Also, the illustrations are nothing short of amazing! They immediately engage the students, but do not overpower the story. I love this book so much that I plan to use it with my future students, as well as my future children.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Can't Your Cows Type?

    Far-fetched? No way! Can't your cows type? Really, a very imaginative story and the complimentary illustrations make this book a treasure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    Very entertaining

    I bought this book for my daughter several years ago, and we still love it. She'll read it to me and I just can't help but laugh.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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