Minnie and Moo and the Seven Wonders of the World (Minnie and Moo Series)

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Minnie and Moo are the best of friends. Moo has her books. Minnie has her espresso machine. Farm life is good. Almost perfect. Until Moo overhears the not-so-good news that the farmer needs money so desperately that he must sell the farm.
No! He mustn't! Not if Minnie and Moo can help it. Not if the other animals are willing to follow our heroines on a paid tour of Moo's version of the Seven Wonders of the ...

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Minnie and Moo are the best of friends. Moo has her books. Minnie has her espresso machine. Farm life is good. Almost perfect. Until Moo overhears the not-so-good news that the farmer needs money so desperately that he must sell the farm.
No! He mustn't! Not if Minnie and Moo can help it. Not if the other animals are willing to follow our heroines on a paid tour of Moo's version of the Seven Wonders of the World. Not if that thing in the woods minds its own business.
Not if...

Two cows try to save their farm by creating seven wonders and asking the other animals for donations to see them, but there is a wondrous and frightening creature in the woods that could foil the plan.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Though the stars of Cazet's popular beginning-reader series make a rather lumbering leap to a heftier, chapter-book format, loyal fans will no doubt willingly make the jump with them. When Moo overhears the farmer talking about selling the farm, she warns Minnie about all the things she might have to live without (cream puffs, espresso machine, hot tub and her "favorite red dress with the silver sequins and plunging neckline"). Outraged, Minnie dramatically replies, "We've got to do something.... I don't want to live like an animal!" The duo forms a plan to earn money to save the farm by leading the other farm animals on a paid tour of seven "wonders," including Minnie's "presidential bunion" (the pair insists it resembles George Washington's face). Cazet shapes some comical scenes (especially a debate debate about whether or not "thinking" is good or bad: "There is far too much thinking going on in the world and not enough doing," says Minnie; "That is a thought!" Moo retorts), yet a meandering plot and cumbersome dialogue too often cause his usually surefire humor to miss its mark. Still, the plentiful pencil illustrations serve up some droll images of this amiable cast of critters, and recent graduates to chapter books will find this entertaining, accessible fare. Ages 7-10. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Oh My! Minnie and Moo for older readers—what a treat! The two cows are up to their usual funny antics in this more sophisticated, more complicated plot. Minnie is upset with Moo for thinking again, which, she says, "leads to sleepless nights, heartache, and torpid bowels." Thinking does seem to get Moo into trouble, and when she overhears the farmer say 'sell the farm,' she believes it is her destiny to help prevent this disaster. She hatches a plot to display seven wonders of the farm, and ask for donations from the viewers. Such things as a Presidential Bunion, the Rock That Never Moves, and Big Hoof are sure to draw a crowd, and save the day. Very silly adventures follow, and a little money is collected, but it is not Minnie and Moo's farmer who is in dire financial straights; it is their neighbor, who finds the money "growing" in his garden. Wonderful pencil drawings capture the zaniness of this book. 2003, Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster, Ages 7 to 11.
— Candace Deisley
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-The comic cows who have endeared themselves to the beginning-reader set are back in a longer chapter book for transitional readers. Moo thinks she has overheard Mr. Farmer talk about selling the farm, and she cajoles Minnie into helping her carry out a fund-raising scheme designed to entice donations from the other animals. The bovines lead the group on a barnyard tour of their version of the Seven Wonders of the World, all cooked up by Moo. They include a bunion with George Washington's face on it; a Rock That Never Moves (but that has somehow disappeared); a UFO landing site, complete with the hubcap it left behind; Flying Long Underwear; and other unexplainable phenomena. But when Big Hoof turns out to be a real creature (Irene the rhino, escaped from the local zoo), even skeptical Elvis the rooster is almost moved to contribute. Irene reveals that it's not their own farm but the neighboring Wilkerson farm that is in danger of being sold. The zoo's "Dotty Docents" come looking for the missing animal and unwittingly save the day when they decide to give generously to the campaign to save the "Forest Octopus," thereby salvaging the farm. Loaded with silly fun, droll illustrations of varying sizes, and familiar farmyard "characters," this latest dose of bovine antics, in its expansive new format, is sure to please old friends and make new ones.-Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Having delighted fans in a series of easy readers, these bovine buddies and their barnyard coterie gracefully leap to a longer format. Panicked by a chance-heard comment that makes her think the farm's about to be sold, Moo rejects Minnie's calming wisdom-"Thinking leads to sleepless nights, heartache, and torpid bowels"-sweeping her along into a grand scheme to raise money through tours of the farm's wonders. What wonders are those? Leave that to the enterprising Moo, who is soon leading a gaggle of credulous livestock wealthy zoo volunteers to a nest of baby rocks, a UFO's hubcap, and like "marvels." Meanwhile, something lurks in the nearby woods: could it be Big Hoof, the missing link between dinosaurs and cows? Liberally illustrated with rural scenes of the tubby, but nattily dressed tour guides and their all-too-easily-distracted customers, this cheerfully silly ramble ends with a wild double twist-and strong evidence that we haven't seen the last of Minnie and Moo. Good news indeed. (Fiction. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689853302
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Series: Minnie and Moo Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 723,990
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Denys Cazet is the author and illustrator of forty-six books for children. Among these are such favorites as Never Spit on Your Shoes, I'm Not Sleepy, and fourteen titles in the Minnie and Moo series for beginning readers.
He lives with his wife and sons in Pope Valley, California.

Denys Cazet is the author and illustrator of forty-six books for children. Among these are such favorites as Never Spit on Your Shoes, I'm Not Sleepy, and fourteen titles in the Minnie and Moo series for beginning readers.
He lives with his wife and sons in Pope Valley, California.

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Chapter 2: The Plan

Minnie looked at her bunion. "I don't get it," she said. "How is George Washington's face on a bunion going to save the farm?"

"Minnie, don't you see?" said Moo. "Everyone loves an oddity. Everyone loves a mystery. They may say they don't, but sooner or later curiosity gets the better of them. There isn't an animal on this farm who wouldn't pay to see a bunion with the face of the father of our country on it."

Moo pointed to Minnie's bump. "That," she said, "is a presidential bunion!"

"Really?" said Minnie.

"Really," said Moo, pacing back and forth again. "But George will be free of charge. We need to convince everyone that what we say is true. That way, they'll believe the other things as well."

"Other things?" said Minnie.

"Of course," said Moo. "The other mysteries on the farm. Life's puzzles, the unexplained, the wonders of the world. That's it! See the Seven Wonders of the World!"

Minnie stood up and looked across the farm. "Moo, I don't see any wonders," she said. "I see a farmhouse, a barn, and some chickens."

"But I do," said Moo. "I see the Presidential Bunion. I see the Bermuda Triangle. I see the Mystery Spot, UFOs, FLUs!"

"FLUs?" said Minnie. "What's a FLU?"

"You know," said Moo, pointing toward the sky. "FLU. F-L-U. Flying Long Underwear."

Minnie looked up into the sky. She looked at Moo and sighed. "That's only five wonders," she said.

Moo closed her eyes and pointed into the distance. "I see the Rock That Never Moves," she said.

"That's six!" said Minnie.

"And Big Hoof!" Moo yelled.

"Big Hoof?" said Minnie. "Who's Big Hoof?"

"You've never heard of Big Hoof?"

Minnie shook her head.

"They say Big Hoof is the missing link between dinosaurs and cows. Some animals claim to have seen her in Wilkerson's Woods. Her footprints are huge."

Minnie looked toward the dark woods at the edge of the farm. "Really?" she said.

"Well, I've never seen her," said Moo. "But listen, Minnie. No one will believe your bunion has the face of George Washington on it. But once they see it, they will believe it. After that they'll believe anything!"

Minnie shook her head. "You make me nervous," she said. "Every time you get an idea, it starts up one way and ends up another."

"Minnie," said Moo softly, "I'm just trying to save the farm."

"I know," said Minnie. "But it sounds like...like...cheating."

"No, no," said Moo. "It's being creative. It's more like taking something old and making something new out of it. Like making up your own recipe."

Minnie let out a tired breath of air. She looked at Moo. "Making up your own recipe?" she said.

"Yes," said Moo. "All you have to do is take a little something that's sort of true and mix it with something that's sort of not true. Then you toss it around a little and sauce it up a bit. Soon you have something new, different, more interesting, and more tasty."

"Sounds like a salad," said Minnie.

"No," said Moo thoughtfully. "More like a bowl of mock turtle soup. There really isn't any turtle in mock turtle soup, but it's still a bowl of soup."

"More like a bowl of fibs," said Minnie. "I don't like it!"

Minnie looked out over the farm. She saw her friends Bea and Madge Holstein standing near the chicken coop talking to some mutual friends. She saw the farmer going into the barn next to his tractor and Mrs. Farmer carrying out the wash. Minnie remembered all the wonderful years everyone at the farm had spent together.

Moo sighed.

"Minnie," she said, "what will happen to all the animals on the farm if we don't do something?"

"We?" Minnie said. "How does it always end up with 'we'? Your ideas are like an invisible net. You cast it out as 'I' and it comes back loaded with 'we.'"

Moo smiled at Minnie.

"Okay, okay!" Minnie said. "I hope I'm not going to regret this. What do you want me to do first?"

"Make posters!" said Moo, sitting down. She put a box of felt pens and some paper on the table.

Then she wrote in large letters:


and for a $mall donation...

See The Seven Wonders of The World!


The rock that NEVER moves!

The MILLION-year old landing site of a U.F.O. 

(and the hubcap it left behind)


(Walk through Boohoo Land and hear the WELL of TROUBLES speak!)


Watch your legs grow longer on one side and shrink on the other!

• The F.L.U. Mystery

Why does FLYING LONG UNDERWEAR flock together on Thursdays?


Is she watching?

 Thursday!! TOMORROW 9:00 am!! 



• FREE! at NO COST to YOU! (donations welcome)

"There!" said Moo. "That's what the posters should look like. You can help by making more. When you're done, just tack them up around the farm."

Minnie read the poster. "Moo," she said, "I know where the Presidential Bunion is, but where are all these other 'wonders'?"

Moo stood up. "Out there," she said, sweeping her arm in the air. "Out there." Then she turned and started to walk away.

"Moo, where are you going?" asked Minnie.

Moo winked. "I'm going to cook up some new recipes," she said. "You know, take a little of the truth and mix it in with a little of the not so true."

"Mock turtle soup," said Minnie.

"Right," said Moo.

Minnie pointed toward Wilkerson's Woods. "Moo, don't forget there are some things that should be left alone."

"Minnie, tomorrow the Seven Wonders tour will start here with the Presidential Bunion. Then, one by one, we'll find the other mysteries along the road. Some will be in the meadow and in the farmer's garden, and some will be at the edge of Wilkerson's Woods.

A cool breeze blew across the hill, and Minnie shivered. "That's what I mean," she said. "The woods are dark. Things live in there. Maybe things you think you made up, but didn't. Maybe there really is a — a..."

Moo looked out toward Wilkerson's Woods. "You mean — "

"Big Hoof!" Minnie whispered.

Copyright © 2003 by Denys Cazet

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Table of Contents


The Night Before

1 Not-So-Good News

2 The Plan

3 The Presidential Bunion

4 Motherhood and a Hubcap

5 The Well of Troubles

6 The Mystery Spot

7 The Brood of Shorts

8 The Seventh Wonder

9 The Forest Octopus

10 It's a Wonder

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2011

    Book Review

    Book title and author: Minnie and Moo and the Seven Wonders of the World by Denys Cazet
    This book takes place on a farmer's farm.
    In the book, Minnie and Moo both have their own possessions that they both enjoy. But as Moo was walking, he overheard the farmer talking about a problem. He needed money. But for what? Moo went back to tell Minnie about what he overheard. Minnie and Moo soon realized that they had to help the farmer out. As they thought of a way to help bring money to the farmer, the decided to create the seven wonders of the world.
    As Minnie and Moo got the Seven Wonders of the World ready, they then decided to have a jar where the rest of the farms animals could give money. They had the seven wonders ready for the next day. They put up posters to the other animals would come. During each wonder, Minnie would ask for money but no one would give. Only a few animals chipped in. Moo asked and asked, yet only pennies went in.
    As they finished giving their tour, Minnie and Moo went to count their money. They counted very few change, but they gave it to the farmer. Well, they left on his porch. The next morning, the farmer got the money was wondering who had gave it to him. As the days went by, Moo realized he had heard wrong. The farmer was not going to do such a deed. At last, the farmer and the animals were happy again.
    This book was a very good book. It was exciting yet interesting. As for Minnie and Moo, they should both rethink think on what they hear. They should not just come to conclusions right away. Although this book is short, it's very interesting to read. I would recommend this book.

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