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Cow Can't Sleep Hardcover – September 25, 2012
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
The artwork is also a tad too overboard to easily make sense of what is going on. We live in a fairly rural area, and my daughter sees cows all the time, so it was annoying that Belle is drawn so much like "Ren & Stimpy" that I had to point to her on the page and tell my daughter, "That's Belle. The cow." To which she replied, "Oh." (Yeah, I agree: Oh.)
The pages of the book are also high gloss and sticky, meaning that I usually spend a few seconds at each reading just trying to separate a few pages before we can go on with the story.
Overall, a mixed review. My daughter asks me to read it to her all the time, but I have to force laughs out of her by telling her "That's silly!" as we read it. She laughs much more naturally at other stories that are better written and better illustrated such as "Bear Snores On."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A funny story. My four year old granddaughter loves for me to read this to her over and over.Published 3 months ago by Lea in WV
My 4 year old son loves this book. A goldilocks kind of story. And it helped him with learning about animals too!Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
Such a fun book! One of my kids favorite bedtime stories!Published 15 months ago by Natalie LeBaron
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K throw 2. I lick that the caw solved the problem in the story. I love that
Cute story of the cow, Belle, who just cannot find a comfortable place to sleep (something most of us can relate to)--the hay was too scratchy, the mattress too lump, etc. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Macan
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.Published 19 months ago by Eibhlin
my boys really enjoyed it. very funny. made them laugh. they loved the beds that belle chose to sleep in.Published 20 months ago by Christian Mathis
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. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Hope Irvin Marston