Zig and Wikki in The Cow: Toon Books Level 3

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Can cow poop help two friends patch up their friendship?

When alien pals Zig and Wikki lose their spaceship on Earth, their friendship is definitely in trouble. In order to get home, they must travel underground and through a cow, picking up fun facts about ecology (and picking fights) along the way. Nadja Spiegelman and Trade Loeffler's funny science-based easy-reader is packed with fast-paced adventure and facts about poop: what more could a ...

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Overview

Can cow poop help two friends patch up their friendship?

When alien pals Zig and Wikki lose their spaceship on Earth, their friendship is definitely in trouble. In order to get home, they must travel underground and through a cow, picking up fun facts about ecology (and picking fights) along the way. Nadja Spiegelman and Trade Loeffler's funny science-based easy-reader is packed with fast-paced adventure and facts about poop: what more could a young reader want?

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Spiegelman again strikes an effective balance between hijinks and education, giving the aliens straightforward but distinct personalities that play well off each other and incorporating an array of ecological facts in a way that flows with the narrative rather than intrudes upon it. Loeffler’s art captures animals with a simple realism and aliens with gentle humor, and gives the whole enterprise a breezy zing.
—Booklist
Children's Literature - Loretta Caravette
This is the second book in the adventures of Zig and Wikki. Zig and Wikki are aliens. In this comic book story, Zig's pet fly does not look well. Zig figures he is homesick. Wikki is a little jealous of the attention Zig is giving to his pet fly and is only too happy to return to earth where they found the fly. They land their little space craft in a field where there are cows. Wikki opens the door and out goes Zig's pet fly. And so the adventure begins as Zig tries to find the fly. Wikki follows reluctantly behind him. The adventure gets even more interesting when a cow eats their small space ship and they have to find the right cow and free their ship. This amusing graphic novel will have young boys jumping for joy. It contains gross stuff such as poop, the inside working of a cow's stomach, and cool facts. Facts about the ecosystem include dung beetles, the decomposers, and many details about cows. Readers will be thrilled by what they discover. Do they know how long a cow's tongue is, how it eats or that no two cows have the same spots? If not, they certainly will. The illustrations are cartoony and fun. There is solid information and the use of photographs to help illustrate the information. This is an innovative title that all kids will enjoy. Reviewer: Loretta Caravette
School Library Journal
Gr 2–3—Zig and Wikki are back in a new adventure. While in space, Zig discovers that his pet fly is sick. With the help of Wikki's information screen, he figures out that the fly misses Earth and would be happiest living on a farm. The two pals travel to Earth and look for the perfect dung patty to make his new home. Somewhere along the way, a cow eats their spaceship, so the pair must travel inside the animal to retrieve it, and when the cow burps it out, they're off. The panels of this eye-catching graphic novel are interspersed with boxes that give information about the digestive system of a cow, as well as how things like dung beetles and soil factor into the planet's ecology. A concluding page with "Wikki's Fun Facts" explains, among other things, that "each day, a cow burps out about 400 times more gas than a human does." Zig and Wikki's familiar odd-couple friendship serves as the framework for this science book in disguise. A humorously educational spin on subject matter that is scientifically important, if slightly gross.—Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935179153
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/14/2012
  • Series: Toon Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,464,491
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: GN270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nadja Spiegelman, who wrote Zig and Wikki in Something Ate My Homework, likes cooking, writing, and decorating her apartment with furniture found on the street. She grew up in New York City, but loves going on vacation to the countryside. Once, when she was very young, a cow mistook her bright yellow dress for a flower and tried to eat her. She’s still a little afraid of cows, but she’d like to learn how to milk one.

Trade Loeffler, who illustrated Zig and Wikki in Something Ate My Homework, is also the creator of the all-ages web comic Zip and Li’l Bit, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, son, and their dog, Boo. Trade grew up in Livermore, California, the home of "the World’s Fastest Rodeo," an event complete with bull riding and wild-cow milking. But although he grew up in a "cow town," Trade never considered himself a cowboy — even though he does own two pairs of cowboy boots.

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