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Millie Waits for the Mail
     

Millie Waits for the Mail

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by Alexander Steffensmeier
 

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Millie is unlike most other cows. She chews her cud and grazes in the fields with the others, but she doesn't enjoy that nearly as much as she loves scaring the mail carrier. It's too bad the mail carrier doesn't have as much fun each time Millie comes up with a new way to surprise him. Who knew delivering the mail was going to be such a difficult job?

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Millie is unlike most other cows. She chews her cud and grazes in the fields with the others, but she doesn't enjoy that nearly as much as she loves scaring the mail carrier. It's too bad the mail carrier doesn't have as much fun each time Millie comes up with a new way to surprise him. Who knew delivering the mail was going to be such a difficult job?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

As determined and beguiling as those click-clacking cows that type, Steffensmeier's bovine heroine may be even funnier. Like any self-respecting toddler who likes to say BOO, Millie lies in wait for the mailman every day, for the pure, unadulterated pleasure of scaring him. While the text is both lively and concise, most of the book's considerable charm emanates from the droll visual humor. The barnyard teems with curious chickens and amusing details, unrelated to the story thread, which children will love to search out. A bird in swimming shorts dives from a bird house into a tractor shovel filled with water (and a tiny life saver). The no-nonsense female farmer peruses elegant fashion in Farmer Voguemagazine. A miniature elephant drinks beneath a water pump. But chief among the visual bounties are Millie's hiding places. She lolls in the mud with the pigs or wears a flowerpot on her head as she lurks behind the potting shed plants. Only her tail and horns peek over the edge of an outside bathtub, and then, wearing swimming goggles, she bursts from the tub, startling the mailman with her loud MOO. Here's one import (from Germany) that loses nothing in translation. Ages 4-7. (Aug.)

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Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
Millie the cow loves mornings. She loves them because morning is when the mail is delivered and Millie loves more than anything else to scare the mail carrier. Every morning Millie finds a new hiding place and chases him off the farm. This is great entertainment for Mille, but not so much for the farmer, who finds all her packages arriving broken. It is also limited entertainment for the mail carrier, who has nightmares about Millie. Finally the mail carrier tries bringing Millie a package all her own, but when Millie scares him again (leaping out of the animals' water trough with swim goggles on), the farmer has had enough. In the brouhaha that follows, both Millie's package and the mail carrier's bike are destroyed. The solution is presented when Millie replaces the bicycle and delivers the mail with the mail carrier. The illustrations in this book are better than the story and help carry the slight plotline along. Millie's various hiding places, the carrier's nightmare cows, and the image of Millie attempting to stop on a dime are absolutely hysterical. A nice addition if you are a cow collector or have patrons who appreciate good illustrations and do not mind that the story is less than fully fleshed out. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver
Kirkus Reviews
Millie's favorite time of day is after she's been milked and the mail carrier arrives, because she loves nothing more than scaring the poor man and chasing him off the farm. Every day she finds a new hiding place: lying in the mud with the pigs; scrunched into a steel drum; lying in the outside bathtub that collects rainwater (her horns stick up and look like faucets). However, the farmer doesn't share Millie's idea of fun because all her packages arrive broken. The mail carrier has an idea: Maybe if he brings a package for Millie, she'll stop. Instead, the package gets squashed under the tractor wheels and the mail carrier's bike is busted, but can the horns of this dilemma be fixed? It's Millie to the rescue. The detailed cartoons animate the lively, entertaining tale that will command repeated readings: A bug skateboards on the rim of the milk strainer; the woman farmer reads Farmer Vogue; inquisitive chickens, one wearing a deerstalker, one wearing a shower cap, sit in the water on top of a drum; a teakettle sports a real whistle in the spout. Millie is simply moo-velous, and readers will hope she has another story chewing in her cud. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802796622
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Series:
Millie's Misadventures Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.34(w) x 12.09(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile:
AD530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

ALEXANDER STEFFENSMEIER was born in 1977 and grew up in a small village in Westphalia, Germany. He studied illustration in the design department of the Münster School of Arts. Since 2003 he has been working as a freelance illustrator for several publishing houses. Visit him at www.alexandersteffensmeier.de.

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Millie Waits for the Mail 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Beetle9 More than 1 year ago
Fun story-great illustrations-perfect for 5 year old granddaughter!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The graphics are amazing the story a little weak.