illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
For a book that only has two words (plus a few signs), this sure has packed a lot of emotion into those two words! In this particular story a cow is happily “moo”ing when she sees the farmer put a “car for sale” sign on a little red car. The cow is excited to try out the car and takes it for a drive (up and down a lot of hills). Unfortunately the cow crashes the car on top of a policeman’s cruiser. The cow must then walk back to the farm where the farmer is waiting for yet another explanation.
This book reminds me of the book Banana! by Ed Vere where there are so many things that can all be said with the same one word. I love how kids start laughing when they realize that it isn’t what is said…but how it is said. I read this book once to some nieces and nephews. From then on out the kiddos “read” the book themselves and to each other, all the while having fun giving their own take on what way is the right way to say the word “MOO!” This will soon become a classic read aloud for any of my story time crowds.
What to do after reading this book:
Have a conversation with a non-sense word…but actually say things based on how you say the non-sense word.
Go visit a farm, perhaps see the cows and sheep.
Go visit a police station or talk to a police officer.
Take a drive in a car (just don’t crash it).
Play pretend and “work” on a farm of stuffed animals.
Draw a picture of your favorite farm animal.
FORMAT: Picture Book