Wednesday, 28 May 2014

I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo by Jill Esbaum, illustrated by Gus Gordon - book review

Nadine is a cow with character and she's isn't afraid of ANYTHING... at least that's what she tells her friends.

But when her friends challenge her to go in to the woods Nadine has to discover whether she really is brave, or if she was just pretending.

Nadine is hilarious and this is a funny, clever story about the lies and exaggerations we tell each other.

It is truly perfect for kids who are at that 'of course I can read by myself, but only in my head' exaggerating stage. Its also a nice way of gently talking about being scared and telling fibs.

I really loved the rhyming text - it definitely added to the hilarity although it was occasionally hard to read out loud because the rhythm of the text changes from page to page, which can catch you out on the first few read throughs.

Gus Gordon's pictures are an incredible mixture of drawing, painting and collage, that is so full of life and perfectly portrays Nadine's cheeky character!

Overall this book is just good fun and can be neatly summed up by the double page spread of Nadine and her friends, up a tree in the woods, and yelling at the top of her lungs... "I am cow, hear me moo!".

Who'll love this: 3 and 4 year olds will enjoy it the most but older kids will giggle too!
Price: $24.99
Publisher: Penguin Australia


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