The Night Before Christmas (Minnie and Moo Series)

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Santa Cow?

When the farmer forgets where he hid his grandchildren's presents, it's up to Minnie and Moo to save Christmas!

When Minnie and Moo discover that the Farmer has, once again, forgotten where he hid the children's Christmas presents, they use Clement Moore's famous poem as a how-to book and deliver the gifts themselves.

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Overview

Santa Cow?

When the farmer forgets where he hid his grandchildren's presents, it's up to Minnie and Moo to save Christmas!

When Minnie and Moo discover that the Farmer has, once again, forgotten where he hid the children's Christmas presents, they use Clement Moore's famous poem as a how-to book and deliver the gifts themselves.

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Editorial Reviews

Horn Book Magazine
“Cazet’s illustrations detail both the slapstick adventure and wacky characters with understated aplomb.”
Horn Book Magazine
“Cazet’s illustrations detail both the slapstick adventure and wacky characters with understated aplomb.”
Publishers Weekly
In this beginning reader, the bovine series heroes consult the Clement Moose "classic," in which the farmer forgets where he's hidden his grandchildren's presents. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-When the farmer forgets where he hid the Christmas presents for his grandchildren, the creative bovine duo steps in to save the day. They transform themselves into Santa and Mrs. Claus and load up a wheelbarrow drawn by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Rooster. Eight chickens with plastic forks tied to their heads follow and hilarity ensues in this delightful spoof of Clement C. Moore's classic poem by Denys Cazet. This unabridged reading is accompanied by festive music and some sound effects that enhance the story. Track 1 includes page-turning signals, while track 2 is read uninterrupted. Narrator Barbara Caruso is superb, and fans of Minnie and Moo will be delighted by this format. School and public libraries will find this a popular addition to their book-and-tape collections.-Shauna Yusko, St. Monica School, Mercer Island, WA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This tenth addition to the Minnie and Moo series follows the bovine best friends in a hilarious Christmas easy reader by Cazet (Minnie and Moo and the Potato from Planet X, p. 331, etc.). His clever plot uses short rhyming sections at the beginning of each short chapter that follow the pattern of "’Twas the Night before Christmas" and help to advance the story. Minnie and Moo decide to be helpful by dressing up as Mr. and Mrs. Claus to deliver some mislaid family presents to the resident farmer’s grandchildren. They use a wheelbarrow as a sleigh and, in a laugh-out-loud twist, the chickens and a rooster serve as the reindeer, with plastic forks taped to their heads in lieu of antlers. The plot is funny enough to work as a read-aloud, and both children and adults will enjoy Cazet’s droll and sometimes sarcastic sense of humor. His illustrations also add to the fun, especially the body language and the expressions on the cows’ faces. The reading level, longer length, and vocabulary are for children reading at upper second-grade level, but both younger and older children (and adults) will also enjoy this comical view of Christmas Eve on the funny farm. (Easy reader. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064443135
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/4/2003
  • Series: I Can Read Book 3 Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Denys Cazet is the author and illustrator of more than 25 picture books for children, including Never Spit On Your Shoes, winner of the California Young Readers Medal.

The books about Minnie and Moo are his first for beginning readers. He was inspired to tell stories about the silly cow best-friends when he passed a herd of cows in which all but two were facing the same way. The other two stood next to each other, facing in the opposite direction from the rest of the cows. He immediately dubbed the two nonconformists Minnie and Moo and imagined the adventures two cows who were loyal friends rather than followers of the herd. Mr. Cazet is currently writing I Can Read Books featuring Elvis the Rooster from the farm on which Minnie and Moo live.

Mr. Cazet was an elementary school teacher for 25 years, and has also been a school librarian and elementary school media specialist. He remains active in his local elementary school parent and advisory committees. A California native, Mr. Cazet lives with his family in the foothills of the Napa Valley.

Denys Cazet is the author and illustrator of more than 25 picture books for children, including Never Spit On Your Shoes, winner of the California Young Readers Medal.

The books about Minnie and Moo are his first for beginning readers. He was inspired to tell stories about the silly cow best-friends when he passed a herd of cows in which all but two were facing the same way. The other two stood next to each other, facing in the opposite direction from the rest of the cows. He immediately dubbed the two nonconformists Minnie and Moo and imagined the adventures two cows who were loyal friends rather than followers of the herd. Mr. Cazet is currently writing I Can Read Books featuring Elvis the Rooster from the farm on which Minnie and Moo live.

Mr. Cazet was an elementary school teacher for 25 years, and has also been a school librarian and elementary school media specialist. He remains active in his local elementary school parent and advisory committees. A California native, Mr. Cazet lives with his family in the foothills of the Napa Valley.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2008

    This is so very cute

    We love this book. The kids love it and many of uf have joyfully taken our turn at reading it to them. The kids range in age from 4-9 years old and they all laugh and laugh. I doubt we stop reading it after Christmas. The laughter rolls and rolls. Everyone has their own favorite character.<BR/><BR/>This is a wonderful book, so funny.

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