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Moo!
     

Moo!

5.0 4
by David LaRochelle, Mike Wohnoutka (Illustrator)
 

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When Cow gets her hooves on the farmer's car, she takes it for a wild ride through the country. Moooo! But a bump in the road brings this joy ride to a troublesome end. Moo-moo. . . Has Cow learned her lesson about living life in the fast lane? Moo?

Pairing two talented creators who managed to tell a complete story with just one word-MOO-this imaginative picture

Overview

When Cow gets her hooves on the farmer's car, she takes it for a wild ride through the country. Moooo! But a bump in the road brings this joy ride to a troublesome end. Moo-moo. . . Has Cow learned her lesson about living life in the fast lane? Moo?

Pairing two talented creators who managed to tell a complete story with just one word-MOO-this imaginative picture book will have readers laughing one moment and on the edge of their seats the next, as it captures the highs and lows of a mischievous cow's very exciting day.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Everyone secretly wants a sharp red sports car to drive around—including, apparently, one otherwise unassuming dairy cow. Her interest is piqued when her farmer puts his red car out on display with a sign that reads, “Car for Sale.” “Moo?” the cow asks curiously; the second the farmer is out of sight, she shouts another “Moo!” and leaps into the driver’s seat. “Moooooooo...” she croons happily as she tools along through green hills. “Moooo!” she cries in triumph, all four wheels off the ground. Risky? You bet! “Moo-moo,” says the cow, dismayed, as the car hurtles toward a curve. She has some explaining to do to the cop whose patrol car she totals. “Moo-moo! Moo moo-moo moo!” The cow’s one-word vocabulary is a great comic device, but Wohnoutka (Just Like My Papa) produces plenty of laughs, too, with big, bold graphics and comic book–style exclamations that even kids in the back row can see. When the cow attempts to shift blame to another animal, LaRochelle (How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans) briefly lets her change her tune. An utterly fun moo-aloud. Ages 3–6. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Emily Griffin
The power of inflection and body language is evident in this new picture book Moo! Readers will journey along with a happy, bubbly cow as he/she (unclear) has a wild day. Contentedly munching on grass in a flowery meadow, the book begins with "Moo." A page turn reveals a farmer placing a For Sale sign on a red convertible. "Moo?" goes the cow, followed by an excited "Moo!" Zooming up and down windy hills the car goes "Moooooooooo" all across the full-page spread. Cow's adventure in the car goes swimmingly, with a variety of "moo's" continuing to punctuate the story, until uh-oh, trouble ahead. A boulder in the road causes an accident. The policeman, whose car ends up smashed underneath Cow and the convertible, is not pleased. Cow's animated story (all in moo's) to the cop may be all too familiar sounding to parents. Dejected and ashamed, Cow walks back to the farm to face the cross farmer. Cow's final words will amuse all. Chunky illustrations, done in gouache paint, complement the animated but simple story. A wonderfully funny story, perfect for reading aloud. Make sure you read the author and illustrator biographies on the back flap for more "moo" fun. Reviewer: Emily Griffin
Kirkus Reviews
A venturesome cow sneaks off in her farmer's red car, with decidedly bumpy results. Said cow, brown and white and wearing a bell, notices that the farmer's put a "Car for Sale" sign on his vehicle. Leaping at the opportunity, she motors off on a joy ride, but the joy lasts a mere four pages. Out of control, car and cow careen off a cliff and crunch another car. A page turn reveals worse news: The crushed car is a police vehicle, and the perturbed cop's standing nearby. The titular word is extensively employed in the text; one extremely long "Mooooooo" undulates over the hills in the wake of the car as the cow sets out, and her excuse is delivered to the policeman in a string of 28 of 'em. Ordered back to her pasture, where she encounters the farmer, the cow fingers an innocent bystander with a one-word accusation: "Baaaaa!" Wohnoutka's cheery, cartoonish gouache pictures deliver the action accessibly enough for toddlers to enjoy, while new readers will ace the simple text and get the broad jokes. Good barnyard fun, with nods to Mo Willems' aspirational Pigeon and Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin's enterprising Duck. (Picture book. 2-6)
From the Publisher

“This book is bold, original, and funny, and should be part of every picture-book collection.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“An utterly fun moo-aloud.” —Publishers Weekly

“Good barnyard fun, with nods to Mo Willems' aspirational Pigeon and Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin's enterprising Duck.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A delightful visual adventure, easy to pair with Nancy E. Shaw and Margot Apple's Sheep in a Jeep (1988) and open to many sessions of independent rereading.” —Booklist

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—There are only a handful of words in this book; the most important one is "Moo." Punctuation, repetition, and rhythm give it multiple meanings as readers turn the pages, which are joyfully illustrated with splashy gouache primary colors. It is hard to imagine a more expressive cow than this title's cartoon bovine. On the first page, the cow has a contented, peaceful moo. Turn a page, and she has an inquisitive, "Moo?" when she sees a car for sale; soon enough, she's on a joyride up and down the hillsides. The cow is the focus of each bright, borderless spread, and some pages include comedic close-ups of her face. The word "moo" appears on most spreads in a variety of font sizes, from tiny to gigantic, depending on the emotion of the moment. Children will laugh at the use of type and the artful arrangement of letters to convey action and sound. For example, when the cow drives off a cliff, her moo arcs up and then loops down, indicating the rise and fall of her bellow. For many children, this book will be their first introduction to punctuation. Even the very young will see how exclamation points and dashes can create a choppy, nervous feeling when the cow is confronted by a police officer. This book is bold, original, and funny, and should be part of every picture-book collection.—Jess deCourcy Hinds, Bard High School Early College, Queens, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802734099
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
147,883
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

DAVID LAROCHELLE has been writing and illustrating books since 1988. His books include The End, which received four starred reviews and The Best Pet of All, which received two starred reviews. His other titles have won numerous awards, including the Sid Fleischman Humor Award, the SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Award, and the Minnesota Book Award. A former elementary school teacher, David enjoys solving puzzles, playing board games, and carving creative pumpkins, which you can view at his website www.davidlarochelle.com

MIKE WOHNOUTKA is the illustrator of Can't Sleep Without Sheep, Jack's House, Cowboy Sam and Those Confounded Secrets, and The Wizzy Foot. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Mike lives with his wife and two children in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
www.mikewohnoutka.com

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Moo! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The kids I babysit for absolutely love his book!
MinGJ More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book for young children! It is a fun, simple story that helps children (and adults, too)understand the importance of voice inflection, as well as voice modulation when communicating a message. The print size informs the reader when the words should be read in a loud voice or a quiet voice. The punctuation marks and the pictures suggest the correct voice inflection. THE BEAUTY OF THIS BOOK IS THAT AFTER HEARING THE STORY READ ONE OR TWO TIMES, MOST CHILDREN CAN "READ" THE BOOK BY THEMSELVES.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I originally planned on returning this book p; which was a gift to my 5 year old; because it seemed to "babyish" for him. However in trying to convince him the book was silly I actually started saying "moos" very animatedly and my kids was full of giggles and laughter and just busting up.  He then bragged to his sister p, who is 10, and I read it to her the same way and had the same results.....go figure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book! I am a mother and an elementary school librarian. I read this book to the Pre-Kindergarten class at my school and they ebrupted with laughter and demanded I read it again immediately after finishing it. They were thrilled that they could read the book too since it only has two words "moo" and "baa". I plan to sneak this book home and read it to my 14 month old son who loves mooing like a cow. This is a must buy for any child especially young ones!