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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: AD440L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761461981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761461982
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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While the pictures in this book are bright and interesting to look at, the story line left something to be desired. My boys love being read to, but this book has only been requested twice. Books in this age group go over better if they have some rhyming or repetitive phrase to hook toddlers. This book has neither, and it hurt the enjoyment. It does have several different farm animals, so your child might enjoy this book based on that. I suggest getting this one from the library.
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By Meg on August 2, 2013
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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. But in "cow Can't Sleep" the illustrations are seriously distractingly bad. Toddlers can't recognize the animals without discussion, and the story is too simple for older kids. This book just didn't do it.
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The story is simple: Belle the cow can't sleep, and she wakes up the entire farmyard trying to find a comfortable place to bed down for the night. Cute story, but it makes for only OK bedtime reading. Unfortunately, there are some jumps in thought that do not translate well from the text to the pictures - for example, calling a farm well a "glass of water." Yeah, I understand it's a joke, but it just confused my daughter who knows exactly what a glass of water looks like.

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."
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