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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Board book: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon; Brdbk Rep edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442417331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442417335
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ARE YOU A COW? [STARRED REVIEW!]
Author: Boynton, Sandra
Illustrator: Boynton, Sandra

Review Issue Date: July 1, 2012
Online Publish Date: June 13, 2012
Publisher:Little Simon/Simon & Schuster
Pages: 16
Price ( Hardcover ): $5.99
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-4424-1733-5
Category: Picture Books
Classification: Board Books

A bossy chicken demands that listeners introduce themselves.
A question-and-answer format challenges the toddling audience to identify with various animals. The energetic interrogation opposes questions in conventionally sized type and answers in a teeny-tiny font. “Are you a cow?” “No.” The pattern breaks when hippos lumber into view. “You are not a HIPPO. / You are small. They are big.” A perpetually grinning bear and upside-down chicken prompt negative reactions, and then a penguin appears. “Are you a penguin? You're not? But wait! / You must be YOU! Now isn't that great!” This exuberant call-and-response and mostly repetitive format keep the pages turning with brio. The wacky characters dominate each page with puzzled, endearing expressions, and cross-eyed stares add a further dollop of humor. Boynton has perfected the art of creating developmentally appropriate books for babies that keep their parents engaged too, and this is no exception.
Tots will be thrilled at the chance to use one of their favorite two-letter words (“no!”) over and over again. (Board book. 1-3)
Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2012 *STARRED

About the Author

Sandra Boynton is a popular American humorist, songwriter, children’s author and illustrator. Boynton has written and illustrated more than 40 books for both children and adults, as well as more than 4,000 greeting cards and 4 music albums. Although she does not license her characters to be redrawn or adapted, she has herself designed—for various companies—calendars, wallpaper, bedding, stationery, paper goods, clothing, jewelry, and plush toys.

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Sandra Boynton is a popular American cartoonist, children's author, songwriter, producer, and director. Since 1974, Boynton has written and illustrated over fifty children's books and seven general audience books, including four New York Times Bestsellers. More than 60 million of her books have been sold--"mostly to friends and family," she says. She has also written (with Michael Ford) and produced four albums of renegade children's music. Three of her five albums have been certified Gold, and "Philadelphia Chickens," nominated for a Grammy, is nearing Platinum. Boynton has also directed five music videos of her songs, including the award-winning "One Shoe Blues" starring BB King. She lives in rural New England, and her studio is in a barn with perhaps the only hippopotamus weathervane in America.

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Great book, fun to read, my toddler laughs a lot while I read it.
La mama de J
My Daughter loves this book, she makes me read it to her every night and she even knows all the words so she "reads" it to me some times.
Emily Kamrowski
This book is really cute and fun with simple pictures that will help young children learn animals.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kate on June 12, 2012
Format: Board book
Got this book for my 15-month-old who loves animals and also loves the word "no". after asking him if he's that animal he answers "no" When i read "No!" right after him he laughs and laughs. He feels like he's reading the book to me and he just loves it
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Twincar on July 28, 2012
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This book literally asks the reader (or the one who is being read to) if they are a cow, dog, duck, etc. While it can be repetitive, it is the first book that has encouraged a verbal response from my 15 month old son. When you ask the question, it encourages him to say 'No'. He will have me read this book over and over again, enjoying the opportunity to answer the questions. It seems to make him feel accomplished in knowing and being able to say the answer. For this, I highly recommend the book for other parents looking to get a similar response.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fyziksgirl on January 15, 2013
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Absolutely adorable book which will be fun to grow with my daughter! I had picked it up in the store previously and put it back down because the first page was a bit obnoxious-feeling to me, but looking at the whole book it is really sweet. The book goes through asking a bunch of "Are you a ___?" questions, with a no on each page I'm sure my daughter will enjoy "reading" as she gets older. At the end it concludes with, "Are you a penguin? You're not? But wait! You must be YOU! Now isn't that great?" Sweet, positive message that will be fun for years and is short enough to hold my 7 month old's attention now. As a bonus, all of the simple questions/picture of just a (cartoon) animal head makes this a great book for learning animals, too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tellyouwhat on April 7, 2014
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A huge number of Sandra Boynton books are favorites in our house. This in one of them. The first time my child participated and giggled with a "noooooo", I was thrilled. This is a great book.
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Sandra Boynton, Are You a Cow? (Simon and Schuster, 2012)

I'm not sure I can, or need to, give you any more of a recommendation than this. The bean, an inveterate Boynton fanatic, has never asked me to read a Boynton book more than once in a row until tonight. Are You a Cow? Got read three full times before I was allowed to put it down. If that doesn't qualify as the Bean Stamp of Approval, I don't know what does. From my perspective, it's a rather slight thing, but fun to read and just as adept at rhythm and rhyme as all of Boynton's stuff (this is something I still feel weird about pointing out, but the more kids' books I've read over the last few years, the more of them I've noticed are, shall we say, less than adept at one, the other, or both). A big hit at Goat Central. ****
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amelia Contreras on May 1, 2013
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This book cracks my 17 month old up. He often asks to read it, and flips through it on his own
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane Niemeyer on April 5, 2013
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Very cute story. My 18 month old granddaughter Laughs and laughs when this book is read to her. Sandra Boynton again is a hit!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Love These Crocs on March 7, 2013
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These books are great! Makes Everyone Happy. Kids lose attention quickly and I think this will be very entertaining for my granddaughter
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