Moo! by David LaRochelle & Mike Wohnoutka

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Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

Book Information

Title: Moo!
Author: David LaRochelle
Illustrator: Mike Wohnoutka
Published by Walker Books for Young Readers (An imprint of Bloomsbury)
Text Copyright 2013 by David LaRochelle
Illustration Copyright 2013 by Mike Wohnoutka

About the Author & Illustrator

David LaRochelle was born in Minneapolis and grew up in New Brighton, Minnesota. He served as an elementary school teacher and eventually became a children’s books author and illustrator. Check out his website at http://davidlarochelle.com/

Mike Wohnoutka started drawing when he was a kid. His high school art teacher encouraged him to pursue art as a career. He has illustrated more than 20 children’s books. Check out his website at http://mikewohnoutka.com/

Story

“Moo!” is a simple book about a cow who saw a car, rode that car over the hills, then downhill and crashed into a police car. Then it had to go back up the hills and be confronted by his farmer.

The book does not have any other dialogue except ‘Moo!” with varying amounts of the letter o. But it’s a fun read when you pronounce ‘moo’ using different intonations and taking a cue from the situations described by the illustration.

My son was laughing as we read it using different intonations and pronunciations of “Moo!” It was just a fun read.

Values

This book can help you talk about speeding in a car, bicycle or any vehicle for that matter, and the importance of being careful and mindful while riding a kid’s toy vehicle.

Caution

When you read this to your child (especially those who are 4 years old or older), though, be aware that at the end of the story, the cow says “Baaa!’ and points to a sheep

The most obvious interpretation is that the cow is passing the blame to the sheep, instead of owning up to its own mistake. After all, the cow is the one who rode the car and crashed it into the police car.

That might be a good comic relief for adults. But for kids, that might teach them something you don’t want them to learn.

Artwork

The illustrations are kid-friendly, bright, and cute. The cow, itself is drawn nicely. Wohnoutka captures well the facial expressions and reactions of the cow and the other characters in the book.

Fun Factor

Our son laughed out loud while reading this book. After a few reads, he insisted on reading the book himself (he cannot really ‘read’ yet), imitating the intonations and inflections that my wife and I used.

 

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