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Cows in the Kitchen Hardcover – August 5, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (August 5, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763606456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763606459
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Lending itself to a sing-along rather than a read-aloud (the text can be sung to the tune of "Skip to My Lou"), the merriment of this mischievous book is contagious. Barnyard animal sounds punctuate Crebbin's (Into the Castle) catchy text: "Ducks in the dishes, quack, quack, quack [repeat twice]/ That's what we do, Tom Farmer!" After seeing the animals wreaking havoc in the house, readers spy the farmer sleeping in the haystack, who chases the animals out and promptly falls asleep in an armchair. Crebbin's clever pacing comes into play as the prankster animals sneak in with a "shhh, shhh, shhh," and pounce on the innocently dozing fellow. McEwen makes a splash of a debut with her bustling, highly animated, slightly flattened cartoon drawings. High-stepping cows balance bottles on their noses, lick Jell-O and smash dishes; ducks make themselves comfortable in the cupboard, cozying up in a teapot and pilfering sugar cubes; sheep bounce and flop happily on the sofa. The broadly smiling troublemakers are an irresistible crew, ready to ambush unsuspecting readers as well with their rambunctious gaiety. Ages 2-5.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-Mischief-making barnyard animals and a tired farmer interact in this picture book based on a folk song. The rhythmic verses follow the pattern of "Skip to My Lou": "Cows in the kitchen, moo, moo, moo,/Cows in the kitchen, moo, moo, moo,/Cows in the kitchen, moo, moo, moo./That's what we do, Tom Farmer!" The accompanying two-page spread shows three bovines happily breaking dishes, licking food, and balancing items on their horns. The story continues with "ducks in the dishes," "pigs in the pantry," "hens on the hat stand," and "sheep on the sofa." Finally, the animals wake Tom Farmer from his haystack nap. When he shoos them out into the farmyard, they burst into the house again and make as much trouble as before. The story is slight, but the strong rhythm and repetition are sure to invite participation. Watercolor and pencil illustrations catch the spirit of fun. The stiff flatness of the simply drawn animals and the details of their activities are amusing rather than hilarious. Neither words nor pictures match the cleverness of Nadine Westcott's Skip to My Lou (Joy Street, 1989), Nancy Shaw's Sheep in a Jeep (Houghton, 1986), or Rhonda Gowler Greene's Barnyard Song (Atheneum, 1997), but kids will still enjoy this farmyard fracas.
Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Children love this book.
J.Marie
You can sing the words to the book to the song "Skip to my lou" There is a cute little white mouse hiding on every page.
C. Elledge
This is an adorable farm book with a twist- the language is predictable so young children can easily sing/read along.
T. Roth-Ramos

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My 21-month son is obsessed with this book! I've renewed the library copy many, many times. He laughs at the glee with which the animals break the crockery and climb on the furniture, but best is when they jump on Tom Farmer and his chair falls backwards. Bright colors, simple rhythmic text--this is a wonderful book well worth buying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Our daughter Maria loves this book. Her Dad reads this book to her every night. She has begun to make the animal sounds as soon as he calls out the name of each animal. Just a great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betsy A. Stephens on April 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am former preschool teacher and borrowed this book from the library-just grabbed it off the shelf. My class loved this book and I would read it almost SIX times a day until it had to be returned. When the class was completely chaotic, this book would bring order to the room. Even after we returned the book, we would still recite the words. I read this book to my two-year old at home too and he also loved it, although he was not as enthralled as the older chilldren. I find myself singing the book while riding in the car to my children! I will definitely be buying it for my children and all other children that I have to buy gifts for!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla on August 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my grandson who is 17 months old and he loved it from the first day. When he is ready to read, he runs to the book shelf saying, "moo, moo, moo". I sing the book to him to the tune of "Shoo Fly Shoo." The illustrations are very bright and attractive as well. Dylan and I highly recommend this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for kids of preschool to young elementary age. I haven't read it to a kid yet that hasn't laughed out loud at the rhyming text and vibrant illustrations. Try singing the book to the words of "Skip to My Lou" for an extra frill. My kids love it and yours will too!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My 23 month old daughter and 4 year old love this book. It is easy to memorize, so with repetition they read along with me. The illustration is fantastic. There is so much going on in the pictures, it is easy to find something new happening every time you read it. This will become a family favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bee on January 8, 2007
Format: Board book
My two-year-old is CRAZY about this catchy, colorful book. Not only is it populated with silly, misbehaving animals playing tricks on Tom Farmer, and written to the rhythm of a song, but there's a little mouse hiding on every page. It would be appropriate for kids 1 years +.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Chung on August 15, 2004
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I've been reading to him since the age of 5 months. he always seems more interested in eating the books than being read to. But with this book, he just keeps handing it back to me over and over when we finish it -- i think that's baby talk for "again."
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