Minnie and Moo Go Dancing (Minnie and Moo Series)

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Once again, Moo is thinking: "I wish for a nice pair of thumbs." This simple yet far-fetched longing leads the two bovine friends amusingly to the magic of frilly dresses, hair color, eye shadow-and dancing. At the farmer's house they, in their party togs, are mistaken for Opal and Ruby, the farmer's twin sisters from California. "You gals sure know how to hoof it!" says one of their human dance partners. But when hamburgers are served, Moo and Minnie are struck suddenly by their own connection to beef. "We could...
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Overview

Once again, Moo is thinking: "I wish for a nice pair of thumbs." This simple yet far-fetched longing leads the two bovine friends amusingly to the magic of frilly dresses, hair color, eye shadow-and dancing. At the farmer's house they, in their party togs, are mistaken for Opal and Ruby, the farmer's twin sisters from California. "You gals sure know how to hoof it!" says one of their human dance partners. But when hamburgers are served, Moo and Minnie are struck suddenly by their own connection to beef. "We could be next on the grill," says Minnie. "Run for it!".

Cow friends, Minnie and Moo, decide to dress up and attend a party at the farmer's house.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Wacky illustrations and wildly silly characters come together in this new series about two cow pals, Minnie and Moo. Minnie wishes on a star that she had thumbs. Why would a cow want thumbs? The answer is as odd as the question. She wants thumbs so she can dance. Suddenly, the cows find themselves in girdles and lipstick attending a human party. Joy turns to horror when they discover they have been eating hamburger! Learning to read has its frustrating moments and a laugh can sometimes be more important than understanding phonics.
Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Those bovine lovables are back, and this time their hooves are tapping. No thumbs? No problem! Minnie has props and costumes, so who needs thumbs? Especially when Poopsie, the farmer's wife, mistakes you for her husband's twin sisters from California. But wait-discord rears its ugly head when supper arrives. Some of the humor here might be too sophisticated for the average first grade reader, but savvier third grade readers should laugh themselves silly. Before swearing off the hamburger, that is.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Minnie and Moo are two enterprising cows who get into scrapes trying to engage in human activities such as dressing up and dancing at a party and driving a tractor. Cazet's pencil-and-watercolor illustrations perfectly capture the comical atmosphere of the stories, but the texts are not geared to the intended audience. Much of the tongue-in-cheek humor will be lost on newly independent readers and in some places the sly jokes seem inappropriately sophisticated. In Dancing, two farmers at a party yell "YA-HOO!" when Minnie takes off her girdle, and again when they find other articles of discarded clothing. Cazet has written many popular picture books in which his texts suit the intended audience and flow naturally. Unfortunately, in these easy readers, this balance is lost.-Diane Janoff, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
In Cazet's saga of two bovines, Minnie and Moo are enjoying a sunset when sounds of a dance at the farmer's home drift up to them. Minnie, the sharp one, suggests to Moo, the dim one, that they attend. They rifle through an old trunk in the barn for dresses, deodorant, hair coloring, and a girdle for Minnie. They appear at the dance, are mistaken by the farmer's wife for her husband's twin sisters, are introduced to a couple of country boys, and get down to business. The two couples retire to the food table and start eating until Minnie realizes they are snacking on hamburgersþvery likely the Holsteins that had gone missing earlier in the evening; "I'm sorry, Madge," Moo said. "I didn't know it was you." They beat a hasty retreat, give the hamburgers a proper burial, and leave readers with much to chew overþfor starters, cannibalism and a strip teaseþbut it's presented in a winning format, with so much humor and dash, that the proper response is to not take it seriously. (Picture book. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789425362
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Minnie and Moo Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 254,055
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 150L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.19 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2011

    "Oh, Moo. Didn't you know? We are beef!"

    My first grader was overjoyed with this book. After reading the book straight through (so I had time to actually cook, which could earn a book a full count of stars right there) he marched into the kitchen and insisted, "I bet you thought this was going to be a simple story, but it's not."

    Indeed, after all of Minnie and Moo's more extraordinary adventures: going to the moon, saving the earth, robbing banks, etc., I wasn't expecting too much from just a little dancing. However, "Minnie and Moo Go Dancing" offered a compelling story of facing mortality, one's obligation to society, some basic rules of attraction between men and women, misperception, superstition and the true magic that is friendship. Also, it is funny!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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