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There's Nothing to D-o-o-o!
     

There's Nothing to D-o-o-o!

by Judith Mathews, Kurt Cyrus (Illustrator)
 

Laloo the calf lives on the farm with her mother, Mamoo. One day she looks around and sees the same old--everything. "I want something n-e-w,” Laloo says to her mama. Then she slips through a broken place in the fence and runs away. When Laloo and Mamoo are reunited, Mamoo promises that her child can go exploring again another day s-o-o-o-n.

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Laloo the calf lives on the farm with her mother, Mamoo. One day she looks around and sees the same old--everything. "I want something n-e-w,” Laloo says to her mama. Then she slips through a broken place in the fence and runs away. When Laloo and Mamoo are reunited, Mamoo promises that her child can go exploring again another day s-o-o-o-n.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This aimless tale centers on Laloo, a restless calf who utters the title's lament to her mother, Mamoo. The cow's response ("Chew your cud.... Count your stomachs as the green grass travels through you. Have a daydream under the tree. That's what cows d-o-o-o") doesn't satisfy Laloo, who slips through a broken fence and runs away. As she wanders the countryside, the hot, thirsty and tired young animal continually thinks of home and her mother, yet roams on, insisting, "But I want something n-e-w." Mathews's (Nathaniel Willy, Scared Silly) poky plot follows Laloo as she discovers new environments and meets a mouse and raccoon, but nothing ever comes of these encounters; Laloo appears to be apathetic. Cyrus's (Slow Train to Oxmox) effective manipulation of light and perspective gives his watercolor and colored-pencil artwork three-dimensional qualities, especially in scenes of the calf bounding across the hillside in the bright morning sunlight. But even his touching closing images of Mamoo and Laloo reunited can't make up for the emotion missing from the text. Ages 3-6. (May) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
Laloo is a calf living on a farm with her mother, Mamoo. She plays in the pasture with the other farm animals. Every night she and Mamoo sing a song just before going to sleep. One day Laloo begins to get bored doing the same old things, seeing the same old sights. The refrain begins. "There's nothing to d-o-o-o!" Mamoo gives her calf the same old answers, but Laloo is not satisfied. She slips through a broken spot in the fence and runs down the road. Laloo smells new flowers, munches on sweet grass and goes into the forest following the song of a stream. She starts to think about Mamoo, but she still wants something "n-e-w." Finally Laloo slides down a slope and falls asleep in the shadows. Mamoo sets off through the hole in the fence to find her calf. When she does, she sings a nighttime song. Laloo's urge to break away and see something new is overcome by the desire to be in her own bed, just as a young child wishing for adventure will nonetheless want to fall asleep in a warm bed with a loving parent close by. Imaginatively illustrated.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1Laloo lives on a farm with her mother. During the day, she plays with the other calves. At night, she and Mamoo sing a cow lullaby together and then snuggle up in the barn. One day, Laloo complains, Theres nothing to d-o-o-o! She slips through an open place in the fence to search for new adventures, exploring a field where she meets a mouse, a forest stream where she meets a raccoon, and a cozy ravine where she falls asleep, all the while thinking of home. Back at the farm, Mamoo begins to look for her child and retraces her steps. When she finds her, she sings the cow lullaby into her ear to wake her and the two are reunited. Although the calfs situation is universal, the author does not make it interesting and the writing is overly cute. However, the watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations are enjoyable, with each scene depicted in loving detail. The pictures radiate the warmth that the writing lacks.Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152016470
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/01/1999
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 9.75(h) x (d)
Lexile:
AD430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


KURT CYRUS is the illustrator of M. T. Anderson's Whales on Stilts, and The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen. He lives in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

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