Where's My Cow?: A Discworld Picture Book for People of All Sizes

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Overview

This is a book about reading a book,
which turns into a different book.
But it all ends happily!

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Where's My Cow?, a companion volume to Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel Thud!, is a book about reading a book that becomes a totally different book!Every day at six o'clock, Sam Vimes, commander of Ankh-Morpork's City Watch, heads home to read Where's My Cow? to his one-year old son. But after reading it hundreds of times, Sam decides to personalize his son's favorite tale. Bored with reading a children's book filled with moo-cows and baa-lambs, Sam decides to make Where's My Cow? into a more useful book for his son: “a book with streets in it, not fields. A book about the place where he'll grow up.” So the next night, Sam modifies the story to “Where's My Daddy?” and instead of an assortment of farm animals, Sam narrates a search through some of Ankh-Morpork's most colorful -- and repugnant -- characters: all to the delight of Young Sam! Although both children and adults will undoubtedly enjoy Where's My Cow? -- described as a “Discworld picture book for people of all sizes” -- the interest in this fully illustrated storybook will be much more intense for longtime Discworld fans who are not only intimately familiar with Sam Vimes but also with other beloved characters like City Watch Sergeant Detritus the Troll; beggar Coffin' Henry (“Haaaaak! Gack! Ptui!”); unscrupulous street vendor Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler; and Lord Havelock Vetinari, the supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork. Where's My Cow? is an absolute must-have for followers of Pratchett's Discworld saga. Paul Goat Allen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060872670
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/27/2005
  • Series: Discworld Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 231,517
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. His acclaimed novels are bestsellers in the United States and the United Kingdom, and have sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. In January 2009, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Pratchett a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry lives in England.

Biography

Welcome to a magical world populated by the usual fantasy fare: elves and ogres, wizards and witches, dwarves and trolls. But wait—is that witch wielding a frying pan rather than a broomstick? Has that wizard just clumsily tumbled off the edge of the world? And what is with the dwarf they call Carrot, who just so happens to stand six-foot six-inches tall? Why, this is not the usual fantasy fare at all—this is Terry Pratchett's delightfully twisted Discworld!

Beloved British writer Pratchett first jump-started his career while working as a journalist for Bucks Free Press during the '60s. As luck would have it, one of his assignments was an interview with Peter Bander van Duren, a representative of a small press called Colin Smythe Limited. Pratchett took advantage of his meeting with Bander van Duren to pitch a weird story about a battle set in the pile of a frayed carpet. Bander van Duren bit, and in 1971 Pratchett's very first novel, The Carpet People, was published, setting the tone for a career characterized by wacky flights of fancy and sly humor.

Pratchett's take on fantasy fiction is quite unlike that of anyone else working in the genre. The kinds of sword-and-dragon tales popularized by fellow Brits like J.R.R. Tolkein and C. S. Lewis have traditionally been characterized by their extreme self-seriousness. However, Pratchett has retooled Middle Earth and Narnia with gleeful goofiness, using his Discworld as a means to poke fun at fantasy. As Pratchett explained to Locus Magazine, "Discworld started as an antidote to bad fantasy, because there was a big explosion of fantasy in the late '70s, an awful lot of it was highly derivative, and people weren't bringing new things to it."

In 1983, Pratchett unveiled Discworld with The Color of Magic. Since then, he has added installments to the absurdly hilarious saga at the average rate of one book per year. Influenced by moderately current affairs, he has often used the series to subtly satirize aspects of the real world; the results have inspired critics to rapturous praise. ("The most breathtaking display of comic invention since PG Wodehouse," raved The Times of London.) He occasionally ventures outside the series with standalone novels like the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy, a sci fi adventure sequence for young readers, or Good Omens, his bestselling collaboration with graphic novelist Neil Gaiman.

Sadly, in 2008 fans received the devastating news that Pratchett had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. He has described his own reaction as "fairly philosophical" and says he plans to continue writing so long as he is able.

Good To Know

Pratchett's bestselling young adult novel Only You Can Save Mankind was adapted for the British stage as a critically acclaimed musical in 2004.

Discworld is not just the subject of a bestselling series of novels. It has also inspired a series of computer games in which players play the role of the hapless wizard Rincewind.

A few fun outtakes from our interview with Pratchett:

"I became a journalist at 17. A few hours later I saw my first dead body, which was somewhat…colourful. That's when I learned you can go on throwing up after you run out of things to throw up."

"The only superstition I have is that I must start a new book on the same day that I finish the last one, even if it's just a few notes in a file. I dread not having work in progress.

"I grow as many of our vegetables as I can, because my granddad was a professional gardener and it's in the blood. Grew really good chilies this year.

"I'm not really good at fun-to-know, human interest stuff. We're not ‘celebrities', whose life itself is a performance. Good or bad or ugly, we are our words. They're what people meet.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Terence David John Pratchett
    2. Hometown:
      Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 28, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
    1. Education:
      Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Delightful book and I can't wait to read it to my great-grandchi

    Delightful book and I can't wait to read it to my great-grandchild! But Pratchett (and Sam Vimes) fans be aware - this is a book ABOUT the book that Sam reads to his son - it is not the book itself. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    To be given as a gift

    I bought this book for my grandson for Christmas so I can't review it now, but I can say that my son is a Big reader and he loves this author! The book looks precious.

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  • Posted August 8, 2012

    This is a family favorite! Our 4 year old LOVED the funny sounds

    This is a family favorite! Our 4 year old LOVED the funny sounds we'd make. We love getting more and more animated each time we read it. If you like to have fun when you read to your kids, if you like to be silly while reading, THIS IS YOUR BOOK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Discworld fun for adults and children.

    If you're a Discworld fan you'll love this picture book full of humor for you, and your little ones (if you have any.) This book within a book is has wonderfully expressive illustrations and witty writing that's sure to please any audience. It's a favorite in the Vimes family, and it can be a favorite in yours too. Librarian Approved!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2008

    Wonderful book

    I purchased this book a couple of years ago for my daughter (now 4). She may not have understood the story but she loved the pictures and loved the sound (hack, gack, ptui!). Now I am reading it to her younger brother and sister and they love it, too! They may not know what Discworld is but they love looking at this book. A wonderful read for all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2007

    Well written for adults and kids

    We thoroughly enjoyed this book. So much so that when my then 18 month old started eating the pages, we went and bought another one. On its own, the story seems okay, but fans of Pratchett's work and readers of Thud will understand all the little nuances to the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2005

    For Discworld Fans of All Sizes

    This is a hysterically funny book - with brilliant illustrations - for people who know and love the characters. But don't try explaining it. Don't use this book as an introduction to Ankh-Morpork, Discworld, or the Pratchett books in general. This is not a condemnation, you understand - it's just that there are better entry points. For grownups, try 'Guards! Guards!' or 'Hogfather', for kids, 'The Amazing Maurice' or 'The Last Hero.' Send that copy of 'Where's My Cow?' to a deserving geek like me. I told you I couldn't get the point across - not even to Santa Claus!

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