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Cow Can't Sleep Hardcover – September 25, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761461981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761461982
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


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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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Great pictures and good story line.
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A fun book for parents to read with their kids, and the pictures will make even non-readers want to look through it again and again.
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I simply think the book is okay and my 3.5yo son didn't seem to get excited about it either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pamela A. Poddany VINE VOICE on November 10, 2012
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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 By J. Wiles Parker VINE VOICE on October 22, 2012
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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 By J. Stroh VINE VOICE on November 14, 2012
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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 By Miss Darcy VINE VOICE on October 30, 2012
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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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By Eibhlin on June 24, 2014
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I think this book is really good for children. It was a funny book. The only thing I don't really like is how she is still dirty and sleeps with the farmer and his wife.
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By Christian Mathis on June 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
my boys really enjoyed it. very funny. made them laugh. they loved the beds that belle chose to sleep in.
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Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book because I wanted to write a picture book about zany cows after reading FARMER MCPEPPERS AND HIS MISSING MILK COWS, which Steve Gray illustrated. I was delighted when I read COW CAN’T SLEEP and recognized Mr. Gray’s laughable cow as the star of this new title.

Young children who are wired to appreciate absurd illustrations will not only laugh at Cow, but also the other inane farm animals in the book.

This is a book with few words, but words that kids love, like slurp and snuggle and gurgle and thud.
-Hope Irvin Marston, author of EYE ON THE IDITAROD: AISLING'S QUEST
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