Who Said Coo?

Who Said Coo?

by Deborah Ruddell, Robin Luebs
     
 

Lulu is one seriously sleepy pig. But every time she snuggles in her cozy bed, she’s disturbed by the noises of two naughty birds outside her window. Whoooooo…Coooooo….Lulu must find a way to get her wide-awake pals to pipe down. But as her frustration grows, will she be able to ask them nicely?

Brimming with pitch-perfect rhymes,

Overview

Lulu is one seriously sleepy pig. But every time she snuggles in her cozy bed, she’s disturbed by the noises of two naughty birds outside her window. Whoooooo…Coooooo….Lulu must find a way to get her wide-awake pals to pipe down. But as her frustration grows, will she be able to ask them nicely?

Brimming with pitch-perfect rhymes, fun-to-say animal noises, and heaps of humor, this book is a delightful read-aloud that’s perfect for bedtime—or anytime!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Twin sisters and first-time collaborators Ruddell (A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems) and Luebs (Please Pick Me Up, Mama!) present a bedtime story with an understated sense of humor and rhymes that encourage chiming in. Unbeknownst to Lulu the pig, Pigeon and Owl have shown up on her doorstep at bedtime, when things are “cozy and quiet, just the way she liked it.” Lulu’s slumber is interrupted by a loud “Cooooo” and then a “Whooooo.” Lulu confronts the likely culprits, but Pigeon and Owl refuse to fess up. Again roused--this time by a “Mooooo”--Lulu orders them away, but after their cries of “boo-hoo” again awaken her, Lulu invites them inside for cocoa and a sleepover. Luebs’s acrylic paintings feature a luminescent pastel palette, which makes the story’s nighttime scenes glow. A few deft strokes convey Lulu’s contentedness, exasperation, and anger, though the birds’ mischievousness is much more subtle--there’s a hint of it in their eyes, but little else suggests they are “two bad birds,” as Lulu puts it. Ages 3-7. (June)
From the Publisher
"This lullaby, filled with warm bedtime scenes, will appeal to young preschoolers for the surprising sounds as well as the sleepy comfort it offers...Even when kids know what is coming, they will love going back to the contrasting scenes of comic anger and snuggling bliss."—Booklist

"Twin sisters and first-time collaborators Ruddell and Luebs present a bedtime story with an understated sense of humor and rhymes that encourage chiming in...Luebs’s acrylic paintings feature a luminescent pastel palette, which makes the story’s nighttime scenes glow."—Publishers Weekly

"Ruddell's repetitive, mostly rhyming text lulls listeners...the softly colored illustrations exude calm and make clear that although emotions are running high, no one is really out of control...With any luck, by the end of the story listeners will fall asleep as easily as Lulu."—The Horn Book Magazine

"This rhythmic romp incorporates fresh rhymes and repetition...the gentle message that one can achieve desired results through means other than anger will find an appreciative audience."—School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Lulu the pig is nicely tucked in and fast asleep. Suddenly she is wide awake because someone or something is loudly calling, "Coo." Lulu questions Pigeon but gets no response. Again Lulu is rudely awakened by a booming, "Whooo." Owl remains silent when Lulu asks him if he is the culprit. When a deep "Moo" wakens Lulu for the third time, she knows exactly who is responsible. She quickly chases both Owl and Pigeon out of the house. Now the sound of crying arouses Lulu and she rushes outside to apologize to her two friends. After some soothing hot cocoa, all three settle down in bed for a good sleep. Alas, the quiet does not last as Rooster proudly announces the dawning of a new day. Politely Lulu asks him to return "around two" and the three friends are able to finally sleep soundly in the peace and quiet. The acrylic illustrations consist of both soft pastels and vivid colors on a blue and white background. Interesting little extras such as the clock showing advancing time and a mouse occupying a tiny bed next to Lulu add to the fun. The rhyming and repeating text make this title a perfect choice for reading aloud. Young children are certain to enjoy the humorous actions so well portrayed in both language and pictures. Add it to the collection and see how popular Lulu becomes. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
Gr 1—Each time Lulu the pig settles sleepily into her bed, she is awakened by Pigeon and Owl, two mischievous friends who coo, hoot, and moo at her door. When she finally angrily shoos the pranksters away, their loud laments bring her out to apologize and invite them back to sleep with her. When the rooster rouses them, Lulu politely asks him to return in a few hours to crow them awake and they settle down to sleep (including a tiny surprise guest). Using a framing phrase to bridge the action ("Everything was cozy and quiet, just the way she liked it, until somebody somewhere said…"), this rhythmic romp incorporates fresh rhymes and repetition to detail Lulu's travails. The full-color acrylic illustrations are set against blue and white backgrounds and feature chunky rounded characters in warm colors. Although there is a confusing moment when the avian friends break character and start mooing, the gentle message that one can achieve desired results through means other than anger will find an appreciative audience.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416985105
Publisher:
Beach Lane Books
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD280L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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Meet the Author

Deborah Ruddell is the author of the celebrated picture books Who Said Coo?, illustrated by Robin Luebs, and A Whiff of Pine, A Hint of Skunk and Today at the Bluebird Cafe, both illustrated by Joan Rankin. Before writing children’s books, she was an art teacher and a graphic designer. Deborah lives in Peoria, Illinois. Visit her at DeborahRuddell.com.

Robin Luebs is the creator of Pick Me Up, Mama! and the illustrator of Who Said Coo? by Deborah Ruddell and How Do You Say Goodnight? by Raina Moore. She is an award-winning painter who lives in Urbana, Illinois.

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