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Amazing Cows: Udder Absurdity for Children Hardcover – November 25, 2010
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Now that she's getting a bit too old for the board books, this was a wonderful step up for her. I gave her the Cows book last night, and she read it cover to cover. My wife and I could hear her laughing away in her room.
So, if you liked Boynton's younger fare, this is a fun, silly book for older readers. I enjoyed thumbing through it quite a bit.
This book does not miss the mark. It's definitely for older kids; you're not going to be reading this to your preschoolers, that's for sure. And there's definitely (of course) some humor that goes WAY over a kid's head. But for an older kid/Boynton fan? This is absolutely perfect. We sat down on Christmas morning and read this book straight through. Both my son and I loved it.
I should warn you, however, that purchase of this book may result in your child also wanting you to purchase a $2.99, 17-minute, kazoo version of "Bolero." And if you're a sucker like me, you will do so. (It's not terrible, though. You know, for 17 minutes of kazoos.)
Boynton books were among my very favorite to read and share with my kids when they were younger. I love board books -- even beyond the toddler years -- because they are so durable that they can almost be used as playthings, not just books.
Then the person said, "No, this IS a book for older kids."
I couldn't wait. It arrived just in time for me to hide away for a week and spring it on my 6 1/2 year old son (a very good, but reluctant, reader) for a surprise for his activity bag for our vacation. There's nothing like a new book to help the goal of quiet contentment on a plane ride.
He loved this book, and I can see why.
It's format is like a thick magazine, with a soft semi-sturdy cover. Its size - 8 x 10 - makes it big enough to have appealing pages with lots of things going on for the eye to follow, and yet it's small and light enough to easily be carried around.
And what's inside is even better. The cover blurb gives the tone that is found throughout the book, which is typical Boynton ramped up for an older audience. The contents are diverse and perfect for the kind of reading/browsing that my son loves to do. It has "Two Cow Stories! Three Cow Poems! Eleven or So Cow Jokes! One Cow Myth! One Cow Comic Book! Find the Hidden Cows! Way too Many Unexplained Chickens!"
The cover said it's recommended for "all ages up to a hundred and moo" and I can see that too. An older child who is into silly humor or loves cows will love having this book in their collection. My 1st grader liked it, but honestly I think it's more on the level of 8 - 10 year-olds in humor and some of the vocabulary (which just means that if we put it away for a while when he grows tired of it, it will be great to bring out in a couple of years!).
In this household, though, we are most partial to her CD & book combos, and here is a helpful hint: Never order just one copy--you will need more copies, for gifts.
This book, while geared toward older readers, still has the wonderful cadence and rhythm that Boynton shares in her younger fare and as we shared this book with Diva-J, she and we laughed at loud at many of the parts of the book.
I am particularly drawn tot he illustrations within this book and all of her books. For me it is the illustrations that bring the story to life. I know that in this book, some of the humor is still above our eldest daughter's head, but we know she will grow into it and she will come to find it as funny as it truly is!
If you are already a Sandra Boynton fan, or if you are just starting, this book is a definite keeper and one that I would highly recommend!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sandra Boynton makes my big and little granddaughters LAUGH! Each book is so engaging!Published 1 month ago by Linda Fluitt
I absolutely love this book. I love all Sandra's books but this made me laugh. I found it at the library and then HAD to buy our own copy.Published 20 months ago by Madison
Like Sandra Boynton's other works (such as greeting cards), this book is very clever and is of interest to cow lovers of all ages.Published on December 29, 2013 by Steven Tepper
I bought this book for my sister who loves cows. We grew up on a dairy farm. I thought the pictures were hilarious, and I hoped she would really like it. Read morePublished on October 4, 2012 by Ann Tyrone
this is a fun book for children and adults! Sandra Boynton is an amazing wit and if you want your funny bone tickled, this book is clever enough to do it.Published on February 12, 2012
Hilarious book by Sandra Boynton. Received very quickly, in perfect condition, well packaged. No complaints at all. A perfect online transaction.Published on January 6, 2012 by Eric
you find out why you don't want chickens to play "Red Rover" is OK by me. Also, finding out how to communicate in the Bovine dialect is good. Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by rjones2818