From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K–The words cattle drive have new meaning as clever cows Mabel and Molly sneak Farmer's keys from his back pocket to take the truck for a quick spin. They can't read stop signs, have never heard a police siren, and don't know what flashing lights mean or where to find the brake pedal. Chickens and hay bales fly, police give chase, and the mayor shakes his fists in frustration. These cows do make a festive sight with the debris from their close encounter with the mayor's prize flowerbeds filling the streets in âthe best parade we've ever seen!' They are celebrities. The people wanted autographs,/but cows, of course, can't spell./They stamped their hooves in pads of ink,/which worked out rather well. A repeated Sakes alive! refrain and rhyming couplets frame the text, illustrated with cartoon figures in pastel acrylics. Beware these crafty farm animals–the horses are now asking to drive. Welcome silliness in any library.–Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
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K-Gr. 3. Lose the lassoes, trade the horses for a truck, and switch cowboys for cows and cattle drive
takes on comical new meaning. When cow culprits Molly and Mabel steal Farmer's keys, unlock his truck, and zoom away to town, Farmer shouts, "Sakes alive! They're on a cattle drive!" The bovine joyride moves into full gear as Mabel and Molly speed through a stop sign, narrowly missing the sheriff's car, and sideswipe the mayor's flowerbed before whipping into town chased by a parade of police cars. Breezy acrylic illustrations of roundish-faced characters with black-dot eyes bounce along the roadway accompanied by zippy rhymes that zing with humor; there's even a clever salute to Peggy Rathmann's Officer Buckle and Gloria
(1995). This has the barnyard insouciance of Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin's Click, Clack, Moo
(2000), and an ending that perfectly sets the next escapade: Have you ever seen horses drive? Julie CumminsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved