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My 6 y/o daughter loved this book. She read it over and over.
Jul 28, 2007
A Great Book For Reluctant Readers!!
This is a fun book for both reader and listener. It is interesting, funny, suspenseful and just plain great fun!! My soon to be eight grandson says he hates to read, but he picked this book up and read it in less than 5 minutes and couldn't put it down until he finished it. He just LOVED the ending, too. The author shows great imagination and knowledge of her reader group (preschool till 9 years old I believe it was rated by the publisher....although 59 year old grandmothers LOVED it, too!!) My personal recommendation is for children of all ages because it is truly different from other beginning reader books I've read in that the author uses real life situations with unlikely participants.....just reading the title: Clack, Clack, Moo, Moo: Cows That Type....gives you an excellent idea of what is likely to come. And it's a great read aloud story, too. However, picturing the perplexed farmer faced with cows AND chickens on strike, plus dissatisfact from his ducks who were his mediators make the story absolutely hilarious. I was raised with sing song books that went: Look, look, look, see, see, see, and I hated them in first grade. Then we got Dr.Seuss and nothing was ever boring again, but this book is the ultimate book for weary parents and grandparents, reluctant readers, avid readers, and anyone who just loves a good yarn spiced with great humor and amazing imagination. Books don't get any better than this one!!
Publishers Weekly, 2000-02-21 Plucky barnyard denizens unite to improve their working conditions in this hilarious debut picture book from Cronin (appropriately enough, an attorney). Farmer Brown is dumbfounded when his cows discover an old typewriter in the barn and begin experimenting ("All day long he hears click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo. Clickety clack moo"). Things really get out of hand when the cows began airing their grievances. Lewin (Araminta's Paint Box) conveys the fellow's shock as he reads: "Dear Farmer Brown, The barn is very cold at night. We'd like some electric blankets. Sincerely, The Cows." When Farmer Brown denies the cows' request, the bovine organizers go on strike. Through the use of the man's shadow, Lewin communicates his rage: the straw in his hat creates the appearance of his hair on end. With help from a neutral duck mediator, the exasperated Farmer Brown finally makes concessions. But, much to his dismay, the cows are not the only creatures that can type. Cronin humorously turns the tables on conventional barnyard dynamics; Lewin's bold, loose-lined watercolors set a light and easygoing mood that matches Farmer Brown's very funny predicament. Kids and underdogs everywhere will cheer for the clever critters that calmly and politely stand up for their rights, while their human caretaker becomes more and more unglued. Ages 3-7. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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