From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-A fast-paced, rollicking romp to space and back. "It happened one night, while Farmer George and the pigs and the chickens were sound asleep. KaBOOM!" Unsuspecting Moo Cow is abducted by Zork, an alien cowboy. Hurd winks at "Hey Diddle Diddle" and Goodnight Moon, which was illustrated by his father, as Moo Cow says "Good-bye" to the moon and zooms off to Planet 246, where she is roped into starring in the Inter-Galactic Rodeo. This mild-mannered bovine is no bucking bronco, but Zork's prodding awakens her inner beast. Whirling and twirling, dancing and prancing, she puts on a wild display-so wild and fearsome that she earns herself a one-way ticket back to Farmer George's pasture. The simple text is packed with sound effects that make it a hoot to read aloud. Storytime audiences will "KaBoom," "Sha-Zoom," "Beep Beep," and "Mooooooo" to their hearts' delight. Independent readers will discover clever details in the illustrations, which are mixed-media spreads combining cartoon animals and aliens with computer-manipulated images of lunar landscapes and swirling nebulae. Hosts of alien "zigs," "zickens," and ropin' robots provide a colorful backdrop to the Inter-Galactic Rodeo's main event. Readers can't help cheering for wide-eyed Moo Cow as she gamely travels the galaxy and ultimately parachutes back to her farm, relieved to be "an earthling Moo Cow, home again." An out-of-this-world adventure that's not to be missed.Eve Ortega, Cypress Library, CA
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PreS-Gr. 2. A cow is kidnapped one night from her field by a space-alien cowboy who wants to ride her in an intergalactic rodeo on his distant home planet. At first, the cow is passive, but after the alien insults her, she dances around, wielding a red scarf like a matador, eventually giving the pesky alien a good kick. Realizing that she is more cow than they can handle, the aliens put her in a spaceship and send her whizzing back to her beloved barnyard. Hurd offers one funny picture after another, tucking collage pictures of 1950s toy robots into his colored-pencil-and-watercolor illustrations. Youngsters may recognize the exuberance of their own drawings of aliens in the renderings of this funny endeavor, with lots of subtle jokes squeezed into the simple story. Todd MorningCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved