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Minnie and Moo: Hooves of Fire
     

Minnie and Moo: Hooves of Fire

by Denys Cazet (Illustrator)
 

It's a perfect day for the First Annual Hoot, Holler, and Moo Talent Festival. The sun is shining in a warm autumn sky and the stage is set. Mr. and Mrs. Farmer are away on vacation, Minnie and Moo are dressed in their togas, Elvis has his bagpipe, the hyenas their jokes, the fox his magic tricks, the sheep a protest poem, and the cash box is stuffed with money

Overview


It's a perfect day for the First Annual Hoot, Holler, and Moo Talent Festival. The sun is shining in a warm autumn sky and the stage is set. Mr. and Mrs. Farmer are away on vacation, Minnie and Moo are dressed in their togas, Elvis has his bagpipe, the hyenas their jokes, the fox his magic tricks, the sheep a protest poem, and the cash box is stuffed with money from ticket sales. A perfect day. Wait a minute . . . Where is the cash box? Why are those coyotes on motorcycles? And who pushed those Porta Potties down the hill?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
The bovine stars of several picture books and early readers (and the 2003 chapter book Minnie and Moo and the Seven Wonders of the World) make a raucous return as hosts of the “First Annual Hoot, Holler, and Moo Talent Festival.” Take-charge Moo announces that she and Minnie will judge the show, explaining, “Scores will be based on whim, impulse, and passing fancy.” A long chain of performances makes up most of the book: early on, Elvis the rooster hogs the stage and croons, “I’m a Cocka Doodle Dandy/ That doodles up the sun./ No one starts the day/ Till I say it’s all begun,” while the Poulettes, a troupe of cheerleading chickens, lay eggs onstage (“We were motivated!”). Minnie’s trademark worrying is warranted, as her suspicions that hyenas, weasels, and coyotes are up to no good are comically validated when they organize a port-a-potty race and get their paws on the show money box. Cazet’s b&w illustrations pump additional energy into this loony down-on-the-farm story. Ages 6–11. (July)
From the Publisher

"Another romp with nary a dull nor serious moment; welcome back, girls." (Illustrated fiction. 9-11)
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A good bet for kids who discovered the characters when they began reading and are ready for longer books. With amusing dialogue, expressive black-and-white drawings, and a chapter called 'Race of the Port-A-Potties,' fans won’t be disappointed."
— Carolyn Phelan, Booklist

"The bovine stars of several picture books and early readers (and the 2003 chapter book Minnie and Moo and the Seven Wonders of the World) make a raucous return as hosts of the “First Annual Hoot, Holler, and Moo Talent Festival.” Take-charge Moo announces that she and Minnie will judge the show, explaining, “Scores will be based on whim, impulse, and passing fancy.” A long chain of performances makes up most of the book: early on, Elvis the rooster hogs the stage and croons, “I’m a Cocka Doodle Dandy/ That doodles up the sun./ No one starts the day/ Till I say it’s all begun,” while the Poulettes, a troupe of cheerleading chickens, lay eggs onstage (“We were motivated!”). Minnie’s trademark worrying is warranted, as her suspicions that hyenas, weasels, and coyotes are up to no good are comically validated when they organize a port-a-potty race and get their paws on the show money box. Cazet’s b&w illustrations pump additional energy into this loony down-on-the-farm story."
Publishers Weekly

"The words are perfect for a young reader just getting into chapter books. The illustrations are hilarious and fit perfectly with the story."
-- Book Reviews by Tima

"Cazet rolls out a tale equally rich in urbane innuendo and slapstick hilarity, cast in well-spaced lines of fluent prose and illuminated with lots of comical monochromatic ink-and-wash views that feature expressively posed animals in casual human dress or, in aptly named Elvis the rooster’s case, a “white luminescent jumpsuit.”

"At just under 200 pages, it is definitely a step up to chapter books for early readers. I would say it really more of a 2nd grade level, due to the length of the book. But it is really funny and a great book to read out loud for younger readers, as well. It would be great ffor Summer reading, as it has 20 chapters, so you could easily read 2-3 chapters every week, and make sure your child keeps up on their reading over the Summer. The story is engaging and perfectly suitable for girls and boys alike! The illustrations are welcomed for young readers, and help bring extra humor to the story! Miss Grace was enchanted and we'll be picking up more books in the series for her!"
--Bless Their Hearts Mom reviews

"Author Denys Cazet was a teacher for 25 years, and he really knows how to entertain middle readers. Wow, does he ever have a terrific sense of humor! Minnie & Moo: Hooves of Fire pure wit and slapstick makes it a laugh-out-loud read. With hilarious poetic verses, tongue-and-cheek dialogs, bathroom humor and cartoon-like illustrations, readers stay engaged and are eager to finish the story. The poetry in the book is so amusing, it just might inspire readers to write some of their own, and the story is so imaginative it is sure to stir up every reader’s creativity. Super silly stories for children that are written just for pure entertainment are just as important as purely educational books, because they prove that reading can be fun. Prose this witty can be enjoyed by all (from the reluctant to the avid) middle readers and equally by yours truly."
--Smart Books for Smart Kids reviews

"A few tips for reading this book:
1- Read this book yourself before reading it to your children otherwise you’ll start laughing and forget to read aloud.
2- This is not a bed-time story, unless your children can fall asleep giggling.
3- Buy this book — you’ll want to read it again & again!"
-- Hott Books Reviews

"Kids will find Minnie & Moo: Hooves of Fire fun, funny, and frivolous in a good way. This is the kind of story a teacher could read aloud, one chapter at a time, with students eager for the next chapter. If these two moos are not the stars of a third book, I will miss them."
-- Kid Lit Reviews

"Cazet is no stranger to elementary school humor, having been a teacher himself for 25 years, a school librarian, and an elementary media specialist. His b&w illustrations of cows in togas, chickens in dresses and heels, and a stare-down between a bug-eyed snail and an Elvis-impersonating rooster, are very amusing. His words even more so. There’s drama, comedy, magic, and even a touch of romance, when Don Juan del Toro, the bull, asks Moo to dance The Hooves of Fire.

Teachers should note, there’s also a downloadable Curriculum Guide."
--Good Reads with Ronna

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
It is a perfect day for the First Annual Hoot, Holler, and Moo Talent Festival on Red Tractor Farm. Moo and Minnie, decked out in their togas, survey the last minute preparations. Moo thinks everything is wonderful. Minnie has her doubts. The bovine friends are sponsoring this benefit to help pay for a new tractor. Although the acts in the variety show are clearly listed on the program, all does not go as planned. Elvis, the egotistic rooster, jumps onto the stage first, shoves the scheduled performers aside and recites his original poem, “Because of Me.” Elvis continues to interrupt throughout. Various other animals recite silly poems, perform “egg-citing” dances, and attempt “cutting” magic acts. In the meantime, the rascally coyotes and weasels have their own agenda. They send the port-a-potties racing down the hill, steal the money box, and instigate a motorcycle race. The black-and-white line drawings depict the characteristics of the unusual assortment of animals in various states of dress and, sometimes, undress. A fun book for a young child and an adult to read together. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.; Ages 6 to 8.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-03-12
In an extremely belated second chapter-book–length outing, Cazet's bovine best buds kick up their heels in Red Tractor Farm's "First Annual Hoot, Holler, and Moo Talent Festival." From the outset, it's a struggle to keep the audience and the scheduled performers in line—both groups being a mix of domesticated or thoroughly undomesticated sheep, chickens, wolves and weasels (plus Irene the rhino and a few four-legged vacationers from "Africa World"). Unsurprisingly, a steady string of minor disasters keeps things fizzing. A chorus of overexcited chickens lets loose a barrage of eggs ("Geeze Louize, girls!…Couldn't you use precautions?"); an impromptu port-a-potty race breaks out during intermission; the crowd enjoys much amateur poetry ("Getting milked / I find quite pleasin'. / I think it's the way / They does the squeezin' "), and the money box repeatedly disappears. Despite all this, the two redoubtable ruminants carry the day to a weary but triumphant close. As in Minnie & Moo and the Seven Wonders of the World (2003), Cazet rolls out a tale equally rich in urbane innuendo and slapstick hilarity, cast in well-spaced lines of fluent prose and illuminated with lots of comical monochromatic ink-and-wash views that feature expressively posed animals in casual human dress or, in aptly named Elvis the rooster's case, a "white luminescent jumpsuit." Another romp with nary a dull nor serious moment; welcome back, girls. (Illustrated fiction. 9-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781939547088
Publisher:
Creston Books
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,385,094
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 11 Years

Read an Excerpt


Opening:

When my best friend, Moo, came up with the idea for a talent festival on our farm, I considered it one of the worst ideas I'd ever heard in my life.
And I mean ever, even from Moo.
She called it The First Annual Hoot, Holler, Cluck, Howl, Roar, Honk, Chirp, Bark, Meow, Whinny, Neigh, Bray, Oink, Grunt, Quack Minnie and Moo Poetry, Song, and Dance Red Tractor Farm Talent Festival of the Ages.
She asked my opinion.
I told her.
But I didn't say anything in a mean way.
You know how it is when your best friend does or says something you think is silly and then they ask you what you think. Because you love them so much, you can't say, “Are you nuts? That idea is dumber than licking an electric light socket!” No, you can't say it that way. You have to say you don't like it or you don't agree in a way that won't make them mad or (in Moo's case) hurt her feelings. After all, that's what good friends do. So what I said was, “Moo, the title is too long.”
And that was that.
Almost.

Meet the Author


Denys Cazet is the author and illustrator of more than 50 picture books for children, including Never Spit On Your Shoes, winner of the California Young Reader Medal. An elementary school teacher for 25 years, he lives in the foothills of the Napa Valley.

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