Meow Said the Cow

Meow Said the Cow

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by Emma Dodd
     
 


A hilarious send-up of animal sounds!

It's a noisy morning in the barnyard: roosters crowing, cows mooing, mice squeaking! And the farmer's cat has had enough. With a flick of his tail, the cat casts a spell and the barnyard is turned upside-down. The chickens are oinking, the sheep are barking, and the sheepdog can only let out a confused "Baa?" It's not

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A hilarious send-up of animal sounds!

It's a noisy morning in the barnyard: roosters crowing, cows mooing, mice squeaking! And the farmer's cat has had enough. With a flick of his tail, the cat casts a spell and the barnyard is turned upside-down. The chickens are oinking, the sheep are barking, and the sheepdog can only let out a confused "Baa?" It's not long before the animals figure out who's to blame...

Emma Dodd's bright, bold illustrations bring this farm full of very confused animals to life, and her hilarious rhyming text is sure to send young readers giggling (and mooing, and cock-a-doodle-dooing!).

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When an orange cat gets fed up with the noise on the farm, the emerald-eyed grump proves that he's more of a "familiar" than an ordinary barn cat: "for he loved casting spells and doing magic." The results of his trickery? When the pig tries to get his oink on, all that comes out is "cluck, cluck, cluck!" and baffled chickens produce nothing but oinks. With barking sheep, a baaing dog, and a meowing cow, it's pure chaos. Dodd's (I Don't Want a Cool Cat) rhymes bounce along blithely ("The horse was quacking, the ducks were neighing—/ nobody knew quite what they were saying!"), combined with bold digital illustrations of alarmed-looking animals with textural fur, wool, and feathers that bleed past their thick outlines. The cat, who watches the hubbub with quiet bemusement, finally gets his just deserts and, "With a flick of his tail, the spells were undone." While the cat's use of magic is a bit inscrutable (and the results clearly backfire), the gag of mixed-up animal sounds will likely keep readers laughing until the cows come home. Ages 4�8. (May)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—When Cat is awakened by the barnyard's raucous rooster, he grumpily decides to use a little magic to solve the problem. The next thing readers know, the rooster opens his beak and all that comes out is "Squeak, squeak, squeak." With that spell working well, Cat soon mixes up the sounds of the other farmyard denizens, resulting in mayhem everywhere. The animals soon realize who is at fault and demand their voices back. Cat succeeds at reversing the spells, except for one. The rollicking text is paired with large, colorful digitally produced art that has the kinetic animals fairly popping off the spreads as they figure a way out of their dilemma. Varied perspectives keep the action going, and the text is integrated flawlessly into the art. While the reason behind the magic is a bit obscure, young readers will appreciate the frolic and fun and the saucy cat's comeuppance at the end.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Animal sound books are popular with the younger set, but Emma Dodd's latest has an interesting twist: the sounds in this farmyard are all mixed up! Upset at being awakened again by the rooster's loud "Cock-a-doodle-do!" the cat turns to magic. He works some spells, and the next morning awakens to the roosters "Squeak!" But the cat didn't stop there. No, the pig now clucks. The hens oink. The sheepdog baas, while the sheep bark. The horse quacks, the ducks neigh. The cow meows—and knows enough to ask "What has that cat been up to now?" Soon, all the animals are in hot pursuit of our feline magician. Chased into a tree, he reverses the spells...all except one. Readers will thrill at the story's unexpected ending. Sure to be a hit with the younger set, this book is a good selection for home, preschool or kindergarten collections. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
Kirkus Reviews

A trickster cat causes mayhem in the barnyard.

Endpapers feature the monotone silhouette of a farm before dawn, and on the first spread of the story, readers see cat comfortably curled and sleeping. Not for long! Rooster throws back his head, and "Cock-a-doodle-doodle-doo!" tears across the barnyard. With that, the awakened, annoyed cat casts some spells. The next morning, rooster can only manage, "Squeak, squeak, squeak!" The cow meows, the sheep bark, the horse quacks and, most ridiculous of all, the mice moo. Dodd's digital art captures the mounting chaos with varied perspectives and intense colors that sometimes resemble block-print ink or broad crayon strokes. Bold typography careens across the pages, conveying the noise, and rhyming text helps build the pace as the confused animals chase cat up a tree demanding their voices back. Cat relents: "With a flick of his tail, the spells were undone. / All, that is, except for one..." Turn the page, and there is one last surprise. The book demands to be read aloud so children can join in the cacophony—and with this book, they will learn the meaning of the word.

Even Old MacDonald will applaud this edgy addition to the canon of books about mixed-up animal sounds. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pamela Paul
…mixing things up…makes learning animal sounds considerably more entertaining.
—The New York Times

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545318617
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2011
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
644,991
Product dimensions:
11.40(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
AD770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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