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What Does Cow Say? Board book – January 1, 2011

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About the Author

Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated over 130 children's books, including her bestselling titles for ages 2-6: BOO WHO? A SPOOKY LIFT-THE-FLAP BOOK; EEK-A-BOO! A SPOOKY LIFT-THE-FLAP BOOK; A KISS FOR YOU!; DRAGON DANCE A CHINESE NEW YEAR LIFT-THE-FLAP BOOK. She is also the co-author of the GODDESS GIRLS series for ages 8-12. Visit her at

Jannie Ho studied illustration at Parsons School of Design in NYC, and was a designer at Nickelodeon, Scholastic, and associate art director at TIME Magazine for Kids before becoming a full-time illustrator.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 3 years
  • Board book: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books; Ltf Nov Br edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545274427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545274425
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joan Holub has been a graphic designer, book designer, illustrator, and is now a children's book author. She has written and/or illustrated over 140 books:
* THE KNIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, picture book illus by Scott Magoon
* MIGHTY DADS, a New York Times bestselling picture book illus by James Dean, creator of Pete the Cat (Scholastic)
* LITTLE RED WRITING, a picture book illus by Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet (Chronicle Books). Guess who the wolf is! 3 starred reviews + 4 notable lists
* GODDESS GIRLS series puts a modern, middle school spin on Greek Mythology for ages 8-12, co-written with Suzanne Williams
* HEROES IN TRAINING series, chapter books for ages 7-10, co-written with Suzanne Williams
* GRIMMTASTIC GIRLS series, ages 8-12, co-written with Suzanne Williams
* MINI MYTHS board book series, Greek mythology for preschoolers. Play Nice, Hercules! Brush Your Hair, Medusa! Illus by Leslie Patricelli

* THIS LITTLE PRESIDENT, a board book, 2016
* ZERO THE HERO, a picture book illus by NYTimes bestselling Tom Lichtenheld
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The Gingerbread Kid Goes to School

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Format: Board book
A big wide-eyed yellow duck looks right at you, but if you watch closely he will open up his bill and quack, quack at you. "Morning dawned and / the sun came back, / which woke up / DUCK, / who went / QUACK! QUACK!" Of course when a big yellow duck makes all kinds of noise the rooster will crow "COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO!" as loud as he can. Who do you think will wake up next? Of course it is the smiling Holstein cow with the little bell around his neck, who will wake up the cat who will wake up the dog who will wake up the sheep who will wake up the donkey who will wake up the pony. It's fun to imitate the animals and learn how they welcome their day, but "When you wake up, what do you say?"

This adorable board book will make your little one giggle as they imitate the sounds of a delightful passel of animals. There are eight "Big-Mouth" flaps to open as the littlest "reader" makes his or her way through this marvelous book. This is a progressive story that will excite toddlers and preschoolers and make them interested in reading. Once the flap is lifted they will know exactly what each animal says to wake up the next one in line. The flaps are very sturdy, but no doubt this book will be read time and time again so I'd suggest you reinforce them along the edges with some heavy, clear tape. This is a bow-WOW fun board book that your wannabe little reader is going to love!

This book courtesy of Joan Holub.
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I'm convinced that every baby should own a board book that shows farm animals and also encourages them to learn the different the animal sounds. "What Does a Cow Say?," a nice-sized board book, not only features eight different farm animals and each of the animal sounds, but it also is a fun, interactive book with lift-the-flap mouths. As morning arrives, Duck is the first animal to wake up and all the other animals follow suit. The repeating text follows this pattern: "which woke up ____ who went ______." Each page spread shows a different animal -- duck, rooster, cow, cat, dog, sheep, donkey and pony, centered on a colorful, patterned background.

I especially like board books with a simple, repetitive text because it's easy for a young child to repeat and memorize, a helpful early reading skill. Jannie Ho did an excellent job with the illustrations in this one. The large, cartoonish animals really catch your eye, and I love how she included shapes in the colorful backgrounds so that parents can use the book not only to teach animal sounds, but shapes and colors! The book is solidly constructed and the flaps look like they are designed to stand up to typical toddler wear and tear. Even though my son is nearing the end of his board book phase, he still enjoys reading this one quite a lot and likes making the animal sounds and pointing out all the colors and shapes.
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My one year old loves this book! It still baffles me that the duck wakes up the rooster... I'd also rather have the dog say 'woof woof' rather than 'bow wow' and have the pony called horse... I'm sure overthinking a kids book. I suppose that happens when you read it multiple times everyday!
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