From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–This tongue-in-cheek story follows the adventures of a boy who decides to take his family's 500 cows on a visit to the Falls. Manny soon finds that moving the insouciant bovines is rather daunting as they pack their hay; sprawl aboard buses; sing a cow-centric version of Old MacDonald Had a Farm; take over the rest areas; eat, play, and deposit some unwelcome–but udderly necessary–cow pies; and descend on the tourist attractions at their destination. When the bill from the shopaholic cows' visit to the gift shop threatens to bankrupt the boy, they pitch in by leaping over the Falls with buckets of milk that turns into butter, which they sell to eager tourists. All's well that ends well as Manny and the herd return home in cow-spotted limos–and readers see the recipe to shake their own butter into being. The crowded, breezy, watercolor-and-ink illustrations are similar in style to Susan Meddaugh's and William Steig's work. Becker throws in a few interesting mini-facts on cows and milking throughout the tale. (A cow must be milked 2 times a day, which makes 10 gallons of milk each day. There are 350 squirts in each gallon. 350 squirts x 10 gallons x 500 cows=1,750,000 squirts every day!) Far-fetched? Yes. Silly? Definitely. But kids will find themselves laughing at and falling for this goofy story.–Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI
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PreS-Gr. 2. Manny dreads the end of school each year, since "you can't exactly go
on vacation when you have five hundred cows." A suggestion from his teacher inspires the boy to herd all 500 bovines (a surprisingly talkative, opinionated bunch) onto buses and head for Niagara Falls. Alternately whiny and rambunctious, the cows enjoy the trip to the fullest, but when their riotous foray into a gift shop ends in disaster, they must use their resources creatively to set matters right. The over-the-top story, full of fun and laced with amusing visual and verbal details (as well as a bit of potty humor), is accompanied by occasional sidebar facts about dairy cattle. The cows' outrageous comments and antics are bolstered by free-spirited ink drawings brightened with color. With an ending that hints of future excursions for the adventurous cows, this book provides one wild vacation, with the possibility of more fun to come. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved