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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080273409X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802734099
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2–There are only a handful of words in this book; the most important one is “Moo.” Punctuation, repetition, and rhythm give it multiple meanings as readers turn the pages, which are joyfully illustrated with splashy gouache primary colors. It is hard to imagine a more expressive cow than this title's cartoon bovine. On the first page, the cow has a contented, peaceful moo. Turn a page, and she has an inquisitive, “Moo?” when she sees a car for sale; soon enough, she's on a joyride up and down the hillsides. The cow is the focus of each bright, borderless spread, and some pages include comedic close-ups of her face. The word “moo” appears on most spreads in a variety of font sizes, from tiny to gigantic, depending on the emotion of the moment. Children will laugh at the use of type and the artful arrangement of letters to convey action and sound. For example, when the cow drives off a cliff, her moo arcs up and then loops down, indicating the rise and fall of her bellow. For many children, this book will be their first introduction to punctuation. Even the very young will see how exclamation points and dashes can create a choppy, nervous feeling when the cow is confronted by a police officer. This book is bold, original, and funny, and should be part of every picture-book collection.–Jess deCourcy Hinds, Bard High School Early College, Queens, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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When her farmer puts a For Sale sign on his old red car, the cow takes it for a joy ride and lands in multiple bits of trouble. With the exception of a couple of landscape signs (such as the For Sale placard on the car), the entire text of this energetic and humorously anthropomorphic tale is composed of variations on the titular Moo. On some spreads, moo is rightfully drawn out to span the width of two pages—after hitting a rock in the road, for example, cow and car become airborne—while other moos are posited as questions or expressions of curiosity, glee, terror, and shame. Wohnoutka’s brightly toned cartoon illustrations provide a huge variety of perspectives but keep the cow well centered and ever on the go. The final verbal joke will tickle little readers. This is a delightful visual adventure, easy to pair with Nancy E. Shaw and Margot Apple’s Sheep in a Jeep (1988) and open to many sessions of independent rereading. Preschool-Grade 2. --Francisca Goldsmith

Customer Reviews

My son loves it and asks me to read it over and over every day.
Flora Tseng
Kids will want to read this simple hilarious story OVER and OVER and OVER and you won't mind doing so because the books is just that fun to read!
TyAnne Guida Rezac
Shows kids the way you say something can convey just as much meaning as what you actually say.
LCMcLean

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LP Salas on November 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'm not a huge fan of wordless picture books, because I'm such a word lover! So, a picture book with only one word? I initially had my doubts. But not any more!

The cow (fabulously brought to life by Mike Wohnoutka) is so expressive, and the way the single word "Moo" is repeated over and over, but in different fonts, sizes, weights, etc., is amazing. David LaRochelle tells a complete story that is very clear, even for visuals-challenged readers like me:>)

The story involves a joy-riding cow whose adventure does not end well. It's a funny, funny book. And it would be great for educators to use in lessons about word choice. It's not *just* the word. What other aspects change how the reader will perceive that word?

Really wonderful!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katie J. Van Ark on April 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Grandma brought this home from the library for my five-year-old. She's so excited that she could read it by herself right away and I thought it was so funny I immediately had to get on Amazon and buy one for myself and another fellow kindergarten teacher. The story is only one word (plus one more with the twist at the very end) but the punctuation and pictures bring it to life, also making it perfect for teachers instructing about punctuation end marks. (Great CCSS resource!) My kindergarten class cracked up over this and it had the students not only reading but reading with expression. For home or school, five stars all the way!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Kampa on October 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am a children's librarian, and I get to see a lot of wonderful books. This book is hilarious. And they managed all that hilarity with a word count of 2. Not to give anything away, but one of the words is "moo." You'll have to read the book to discover the other.

The word "moo" perfectly captures each and every mood of this wonderful book...whether it be curiosity, joy, fear, or trepidation, "moo" is the only word required.

This book will be fabulous family reading, if our cataloging department is any indication. Lots of giggles and belly laughs were coming from our work room. And don't miss the author's bios in the back. Happy Reading! Moo!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TyAnne Guida Rezac on December 12, 2013
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I'm always looking for books that grown ups ENJOY reading aloud to their kiddos. This one fits the bill! The illustrations are simple but telling, and the opportunities for voice inflection and teaching punctuation are endless! Kids will want to read this simple hilarious story OVER and OVER and OVER and you won't mind doing so because the books is just that fun to read! After a few reads your toddlers will be able to 'read' the story on their own - truly instilling a love of literature. I ordered several copies for our school library and they are always checked out with a waiting list. Buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Travis Ann Sherman VINE VOICE on October 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I ordered Moo! because I've always been a big fan of David LaRochelle -- I love his fairy tale mash-ups of The End, and his Best Pet -- wait a minute, I love his It's a Tiger! too, and I've used all these books in storytimes, so I know how popular they are with a crowd. But I was the tiniest bit hesitant about ordering Moo! because it's a one word book. Well, two words. But it's so truly hilarious. The pictures wring possible inflection out of the Moo. I can't wait to goof it up for the kids at with my Farm Animals storytime on Friday.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen on February 4, 2015
Format: Board book
What a great way to teach expression to early readers AND teach parents that they don't have to read hard words to be a good reader. My Kindergartners LOVE this book. They especially like trying to tell me what the cow is really trying to say when he is explaining his side of the story. I love listening to their expression when they read it. It's been great fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A Ripka on January 10, 2014
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The kids I nanny love this book! I got the 5 year old this book for Christmas, and he squealed when he opened it up. He loves it because he can read it by himself, and the book is silly. I love reading this book too! The pictures are wonderful. This is a favorite for sure!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grandmamama on February 24, 2015
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If preschoolers were reviewing Moo!, they would certainly give it 5 stars! My 24 month old granddaughter loves this book. As a retired teacher, I love this book too! I must admit, that when I read it for the first time, alone, I didn't quite appreciate the humor. The magic of this book is reading it with a preschooler. It is hilarious! We both read moo, MOO!, moo...moo..., and laugh. She thinks this book is hysterical and even reads it aloud herself, with great expression. By clever usage of font size, word placement, boldness and punctuation marks, this book expresses many emotions while repeating the word Moo! This is a book I am happy to read over and over and over and over again!
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