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Cow Can't Sleep [Kindle Edition]

Ken Baker , Steve Gray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Belle can’t sleep. The hay is too scratchy. So she tiptoes around the farm to find the perfect place to sleep. But what if the best sleeping spots are already taken? Belle causes an uproar on the farm . . . until finally she finds the perfect place to sleep! Good night! Bright, hilarious digital artwork gives just the right touch to this silly bedtime story.


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About the Author

Ken Baker is also the author of Old MacDonald Had a Dragon, illustrated by Christopher Santoro, and Brave Little Monster, illustrated by Geoffrey Hayes. Ken grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Utah with his family. He enjoys attending writers’ workshops and conferences and presenting his books at schools. Learn more: www.kenbakerbooks.com

Steve Gray is the illustrator of There Was an Old Monkey Who Swallowed a Frog and There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish, both written by Jennifer Ward, as well as Farmer McPeepers and His Missing Milk Cows by Katy Duffield. His six-minute animated short film, Santa’s Camels, has been shown in more than sixty film festivals around the world. He lives in Redondo Beach, California. Learn more: www.stevegrayillustration.com


Product Details

  • File Size: 5393 KB
  • Print Length: 27 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 076146199X
  • Publisher: Two Lions (September 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TX6SU2
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,504 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MOOOOOVE OVER & MAKE ROOM FOR A SLEEPY COW! November 10, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
COW CAN'T SLEEP

Belle the cow just cannot get comfortable and get a good night's sleep. Her hay is too scratchy and makes her feel uncomfortable. So, up she jumps and off she goes in search of a better place to rest her weary cow head. She travels from spot to spot and animal group to animal group -- the sheep, the chicken coop, the pig pen, the barn -- anywhere she can think of to find a comfy spot for herself. Where she ends up is a surprise !!

This book is funny, sweet, and adorable. The story line is one a little child can relate to -- not being able to sleep, not wanting to go to bed yet, and roaming around the house to find that perfect place to snooze.

Another plus about this book is the simple word context. My five year old grand baby girl, Paige, is now in kindergarten. She was able to read many, many of the words and got a kick out of doing so! I bet by the end of this school year she will be reading this lovely little book in its entirety to ME! After I read it to her -- and we laughed and laughed at the story and Belle --- we started over, but she was the one reading out loud. Nice job, Paige!

The illustrations are comical and eye-catching! All of the farm animals - chickens, dogs, cats, pigs, ducks, bats, horses, sheep, are drawn expertly and with humor. The details on the pages are unique and stunning. Most of all, we LOVED the eyes on all of the characters -- different, fun, amusing.

Author Ken Baker partnered with illustrator Steve Gray are quite the team. This book gets an A+ for both story line and drawings. This is a book that kids of all ages will laugh at and enjoy. Check it out for yourself with your favorite group of little ones!

Thank you.

Pam
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing little volume October 22, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Ken Baker and Steve Gray's Cow Can't Sleep is a great example of how the parts of a picture book should interplay in order to tell a story. Without the context of both words and pictures, Cow's night of not being able to sleep and eventually discovering just the right place to catch some zzzs would be incomplete. The book is obviously aimed at a younger picture book audience with its bright color scheme and Cartoon Networkesque illustrations. The text is short, only a line per page and the book itself is pretty slim at only 24 pages. However, the author and illustrator manage to pack a lot and almost be educational about it in a small volume. I downgraded a couple of stars because I didn't think it was the most original book I've ever read, or the most visually spectacular. I do see it being successful with the target age group, particularly in a small group or one on one setting where young readers can really see what is happening in the pictures. Overall, Cow Can't Sleep is an intriguing little package and deserves credit for being a good example of the interplay between text and picture, but should be approached as only an average volume all around.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Belle, the cow, doesn't look like a cow . . . . November 14, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The story is cute as Belle, the cow, can't find a comfy place to sleep. But, Belle, doesn't look like a cow. My grandson kept looking at the pictures but couldn't see a cow as he KNOWS what a cow looks like. I kept pointing out the cow, but he kept saying, no, that wasn't a cow and he is 2 1/2 years old. He lost the story as he was so intent on finding the cow which I don't think was the intent of the author. I think if a less whimsical looking cow was drawn it would have been fine, but I have to agree with my grandson, Belle doesn't look like a cow.

This book really deserves 3 1/2 stars as the story is cute, but the drawings of Belle are too distorted and unrecognizable. The colors are bright and vivid and the rest of the illustrations are fine as the other farm animals look like they should. Just need to work on Belle, the cow.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny book, vivid pictures, great bedtime story October 30, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The story is funny. Children will enjoy the storyline as Belle the Cow moves from spot to spot, trying to sleep. There are some clever connections, such as the "wool blanket" is made up of sheep and the "feather bed" is made up of ducks. There are some fun chances to make animal noises as you read the story aloud. Kids will relate to Belle's desire for water.

We're taking off one star because you will either love the illustrations or find the style too "loud." This really *is* a book you can judge by its cover, so take a look before you hit "buy." The illustrator's bio explains that he also makes animated films, and it feels like he's carried that style over here.

The price point is good for a hardcover book. This would be a fine gift idea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Illustrations January 9, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The illustrations and story are hilarious. My 1st grader was able to read the story out loud without difficulty and enjoyed the book immensely. My wild 2 year old sat quietly on my lap (a rare accomplishment) memorized by the story and images. My older daughter (5th grade reading level) loved the book and requested it be added to her Kindle Fire HDX.

Illustrations 1 Star
Story 1 Star
Being requested by all 3 children multiple times 3 Stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story, bizarre illustrations November 17, 2013
By Chris B
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story is adorable and my 3 year old grandson laughed as I read it. I would have given it 5 stars but although they were cute, the illustrations are bizarre, and would be more appropriate in a Mad magazine...My grandson showed very little interest in the pictures.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
My four yr old and five yr old boys loved this book. They laughed and laughed. Will definitely look for more like it.
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Published 6 months ago by EDelong
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I like this book age: 5 and a half years old

I liked the page when the cow was in the farmer's bed
Published 6 months ago by Lady Violet
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
Cute book, definitely won't keep my son's attention.
Wouldn't recommend downloading unless it's free and I only paid two dollars
Published 7 months ago by Az
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny read
This was a fun book to read. Got it for the kindle and my three year old loved flipping the pages.
Published 7 months ago by Kpurr
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh...
A picture book relies on strength of illustration and storyline. Usual the story is pretty dull and not too profound but generally, the illustration quality makes up for this. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Meg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for AR requirement
this is a great AR book for school. Great pictures and good story line. love this book love this book
Published 8 months ago by geryrenee
4.0 out of 5 stars Good!
This is a cute little book for my 2 year old little boy. I even enjoy reading it to him. My little boy loves anything to do with farm animals and this fulfilled it!!
Published 10 months ago by Reader123
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute
Cute little book for the price. My son loves to have books read to him before he goes to sleep, and reading on the kindle/ipad helps keep his interest.
Published 10 months ago by MaddyRo
4.0 out of 5 stars Cow Can't Sleep
Love reading this to my grandchildren ages 2 and 3.
Great illustrations. I wish it would show one page at a time so the picture pages were larger rather than 2 pages at a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Laura Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Critical of illustrations: whimsical but have too much color and contrast. That is just personal taste. The story is great.
Published 12 months ago by Jurgen Mantzke
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More About the Author

Ken Baker is the author of OLD MACDONALD HAD A DRAGON, COW CAN'T SLEEP, and BRAVE LITTLE MONSTER. He lives near Utah's Wasatch mountains, but grew up in the California Bay Area. In addition to writing books, he enjoys spending time with his family boating, wakeboarding, snowboarding, swimming, camping, and watching his children play sports. He also enjoys basketball, windsurfing, scuba diving, exercising at the gym, and coaching his children in the different sports they play.

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