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Beyond Ferdinand: A Cow Dozen
--selected by Deborah Stevenson, Editor
Yes, there’s plenty of literary bovine life beyond that
venerable cork-sniffer; in fact, cows fare quite well in books, in
outings ranging from the comedic to the absurd to the thoughtful.
Use these when cow-lovers bellow for moo-re.
- Becker, Suzy. Manny’s Cows: The Niagara Falls Tale;
written and illus. by Suzy Becker. HarperCollins, 2006. Gr.
Manny decides his 500 cows need to come with him on vacation, where
they prove to be the worst-behaved tourists at Niagara Falls in this
comedic picture-book-styled tale. (BCCB 6/06)
- Cazet, Denys. Minnie and Moo Go to the Moon; Minnie and
Moo Go Dancing; written and illus. by Denys Cazet.
HarperCollins, 2000. Gr. 2-4
These first titles in the Minnie and Moo sequence capably introduce our
hapless heifers in two splendidly absurd and comic adventures for early
readers. (BCCB 9/98)
- Cronin, Doreen. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type;
illus. by Betsy Lewin. Simon, 2000. 5-8 yrs
This Caldecott Honor title remains a favorite, because who couldn’t
resist typing cows in united action for their farmyard rights?
- Fleming, Denise. The Cow Who Clucked; written and
illus. by Denise Fleming. Holt, 2006. 2-4 yrs
Poor Cow is stuck with a cluck when another animal takes off with her
moo, and preschoolers will happily make animal noises along with the
book as she interviews suspects. (BCCB 10/06)
- Hume, Lachie. Clancy the Courageous Cow.
Greenwillow, 2007. 5-8 yrs
In this slyly comic Australian import, Clancy, the only beltless cow in
a herd of Belted Galloway cattle, may be different from the crowd, but
he makes that difference work to his advantage. (BCCB 3/07)
- Hurd, Thacher. Moo Cow Kaboom!; written and illus.
by Thacher Hurd. HarperCollins, 2003. 4-6 yrs
Splashy, frenetic art adorns this tale of Moo Cow, who may have been
the victim of interplanetary kidnapping in the service of a galactic
rodeo, but who has her own way of dealing with aliens. (BCCB 7/03)
- Johnson, Paul Brett. The Cow Who Wouldn’t Come Down;
written and illus. by Paul Brett Johnson. Orchard, 1993. 4-6 yrs
Cows don’t fly—but Mss Rosemary’s Gertrude doesn’t know that, and she
disobediently cavorts in the air as her harried owner tries to find a
way to lure her back. (BCCB 7/93)
- Newman, Marlene. Myron’s Magic Cow; illus. by Jago.
Barefoot, 2005. 6-10 yrs
Fairy-tale spoofery is the name of the game in this comic tale wherein
city boy Myron heads out to the store for milk and gets landed with a
magic cow. (BCCB 1/06)
- Palatini, Margie. Moo Who?; illus. by Keith Graves.
Tegen/HarperCollins, 2004. 3-7 yrs
Palatini’s taste for wild absurdity is perfectly suited to this tale
about a cow who’s unsure of her species. (BCCB 7/04)
- Root, Phyllis. Kiss the Cow; illus. by Will
Hillenbrand. Candlewick, 2000. 5-8 yrs
Luella the cow goes on strike when she doesn’t get rewarded for her
milk production with a kiss on the nose. (BCCB 1/01)
- Schertle, Alice. How Now, Brown Cow?; illus. by
Amanda Schaffer. Browndeer/Harcourt, 1994. Gr. 1-4
Possibly the finest cow poetry book of our time, this winning
combination of art and text is both musing and amusing. (BCCB
- Seymour, Tres. Hunting the White Cow; illus. by
Wendy Anderson Halperin. Orchard, 1993. 4-7 yrs
This realistic yet slightly dreamy tale describes the attempts of both
grownups and children to catch the family’s wily escaped white
cow. (BCCB 10/93)
- Spinelli, Eileen. Something to Tell the Grandcows;
illus. by Bill Slavin. Eerdmans, 2004. 5-8 yrs
Emmadine the cow, hoping for “something to tell the grandcows,” joins
up with Byrd’s 1933 expedition to the Antarctic in this fantastical yet
truth-based story. (BCCB 3/04)
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