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|Click, clack, moo : cows that type|
Author: Cronin, Doreen
When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.30
Points: .5 Quiz: 45430
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 1.30
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 21494
Caldecott Honor, 2001
Common Core Standards
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → Caldecott Honor Books
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
School Library Journal (+) (03/00)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (09/00)
The Hornbook (03/00)
Full Text Reviews:
Bulletin for the Center... - 09/01/2000 Saddled with cows that like to type, Farmer Brown hears “Click, clack, moo” all day long. Then a message requesting electric blankets appears (nailed à la Luther) on the barn wall; an outraged Farmer Brown, a Luddite in respect to cow technology, draws the line, and the barnyard goes on strike. Duck (“a neutral party”) serves as a go-between in arbitration, in which the cows trade the typewriter for electric blankets. Unfortunately, it looks like arbitration has evolved into its own agenda when the typewriter fails to arrive and the barnyard fills with “Click, clack, quack.” Cronin keeps her absurd idea well disciplined, with poker-faced precision and simple language (the bovine notes are always politely signed “Sincerely, The Cows”) that keep this from being an airy-fairy whimsy and instead make it into solid and imaginative barnyard humor. Lewin’s illustrations use broad lines and sweeping watercolor washes, balancing a crayon-user’s naïve sense of line with a skillful comic vigor in the wide-eyed cows. The visuals parallel the loopy inspiration of the text with a sly inventiveness of their own: the striking hens line up in militant solidarity, with one holding an ultimatum in her beak; the cows peer round the barn door to see the farmer’s response to their work stoppage (viewers see only his cast shadow leaping in fury); the go-between duck is seen from a distant rear view as he waddles off to the barn with offer in hand—well, bill. These are cattle cut from the same herd as Cazet’s Minnie and Moo (BCCB 9/98, etc.), and youngsters not quite ready to read those or looking to share bovine delights with younger siblings will want to milk this for all it’s worth. - Copyright 2000 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Booklist - 04/01/2000 Lewin’s wild line-and-watercolor cartoons are perfectly suited to this barnyard farce about animals that go on strike to demand better working conditions. The cows find an old typewriter in the barn, and to the farmer’s fury, they type messages to him: “Dear Farmer Brown. The barn is very cold at night. We’d like some electric blankets. Sincerely, The Cows.” When he refuses their request, they put up a notice: “Sorry. We’re closed. No milk today.” The hens are cold, too, so they join the cows—no eggs, either. There are ultimatums, emergency meetings, and a hilarious surprise ending. Today’s preschoolers may have to be told about antique clackety typewriters, but they’ll love the slapstick of the domesticated animals who get the farmer to toe the line. The thickly outlined pictures extend the fun, with closeups of the frenzied boss, the stalwart cows, and the hens cozy under their plugged-in blankets. Then there are the ducks . . . - Copyright 2000 Booklist.