Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

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by Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin, Randy Travis
     
 

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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. Click, clack, moo.

But Farmer Brown's problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes...Come join the fun as a bunch of literate cows turn Farmer Brown's farm upside-down! This package includes a paperback book

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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. Click, clack, moo.

But Farmer Brown's problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes...Come join the fun as a bunch of literate cows turn Farmer Brown's farm upside-down! This package includes a paperback book along with a CD of country music star Randy Travis reading this New York Times bestseller!

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442433700
Publisher:
Little Simon
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Edition description:
Book and CD
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
34,971
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 12.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Doreen Cronin is the author of many bestselling picture books, including Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure; Bounce; Wiggle; Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Dooby Dooby Moo; 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 Two Eggs, Please. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Click, Clack, Moo 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
HMKrebs More than 1 year ago
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!
Aradanryl More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
La8elleDame5ansMerci More than 1 year ago
I gave this book to my two year old nephew and he doesn't want to stop reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iv loved this book since i was 3 and am so glad i found it agian!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
LindainWashington More than 1 year ago
The cutest kids' book in a long time. My grandchildren loved the story and the illustrations
22a More than 1 year ago
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!
Mom-of-2 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such fun! It was the hit of the whole family Christmas get together. Adults included!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Catchy and fun to read.
JLMJT More than 1 year ago
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.
Readingmom33 More than 1 year ago
Far-fetched? No way! Can't your cows type? Really, a very imaginative story and the complimentary illustrations make this book a treasure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin is a great book. I love this book. The story is about Farmer Brown, cows, hens¿ and., ducks.They live in a farm. Farmer Brown has a barn with cow, hen, and duck. The cow and the hen want electric blankets. The farmer Brower said no!!! So the cow and the hen went on strike. The cow and the hen did lot of stuff for example no milk, also no eggs .Famer Brown got frustrated. If you want to find out what happens, read the book. You should read the book because it is funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this funny story, 'Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type', by: Doreen Crown, the cows are typing letters to the farmer to ask for blankets. The farmer types back to him and says no. Thw cows keep typing and then the farmer decides to give them blankets and put them next to the door. I feel sorry for the farmer because he keeps on getting angrier and angrier! My favorite part was that the cows were making the farmers crazy. Sometimes I make my mom crazy! In the end I felt happy because they got what they wanted. 'Click, Clack, Moo, Click, Clack, Moo, Clickety, Clack, Moo!', the cows type. They typer forever until they get what they want! I recommend this book to first graders because it is the funniest book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 2 year old son loves the click clack moo book and the other 2 books in the series. They are well illustrated and we have gotten a lot of reading out of them. I first saw this book on Between the Lions on PBS... great place for little ones to learn about books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book, it is creative and unique. I don't mind reading it over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Farmer Brown has a huge problem he has cows that like to type. All day he hears 'click clack, moo. Click, clack moo. Clickety, clack, moo.' What is a farmer to do? But it gets worse. The cows start demanding that they have electric blankets since it gets so cold at night. When the farmer decides not to give them any, the cows do not give Farmer Brown any milk. What is a Farmer to do? Will they ever reach a compromise. Will the cows ever stop typing? Read and you will find out. This book is wonderful for ages 5-8. The illustartions are wonderful. It also could be used as a teaching method for writing letters. Cronin grew up in New York with her parents, 2 brothers and a sister. She went to law school and the worked for a publishing company. She still lives in New York city with her husband and her daughter. Cronin, Doreen. CLICK CLACK MOO COWS THAT TYPE. New York: Simon &Schuster Books for young readers, 2000
Guest More than 1 year ago
Farmer Brown has a problem because his cows know how to type. Farmer Brown soon receives a note from the cows. They want electric blankets and when refused the cows quit giving milk. Soon the chickens, who also wanted electric blankets quit laying eggs. The duck was the neutral party and tried to help work things out between Framer Brown, the cow, and the hens. Do you think they eventually work things out? Read to find out. The reading level age is for ages between 4-8. Fantasy Fiction. Cronin, Doreen. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. NY: Simon & Schuster. 2000.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type is a delightful story about farm animals who share an amazing talent. This funny book by Doreen Cronin, tells the story of an old farmer named Farmer Brown. One day, he hears sounds coming from the barn, ¿Click, clack, moo. Clickety, clack, moo.¿ Farmer Brown knows that he has an old typewriter in the barn, but cows that type? No way! Farmer Brown then finds a typed note from the cows, ¿Dear Farmer Brown, The barn is very cold at night. We'd like some electric blankets. Sincerely, The Cows.¿ Is the note really from the cows? Will Farmer Brown give them blankets? You¿ll have to read it to find out!