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Click Clack MooClick Clack Moo: Cows That Type: 11/14/08

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin is a cute parody of Animal Farm aimed at the 4 to 8 set.

Farmer Brown's dairy cattle go on strike after their typewritten demands aren't met. Soon the chickens follow suit and the farmer is told via a note: "Closed. No milk. No eggs." (p. 13)

Cronin's funny story with a rhyming scheme that mimics the sound of an old manual typewriter is paired perfectly with Betsy Lewin's illustrations and the wobbly Courieresque lettering completes the illusion of novices typing on antique equipment.

Unlike Orwell's Animal Farm, the animals don't actually take over the farm to set up their own co-op. The cows, as far as I can tell, don't become the party leaders over a farm animal proletariat duped into over throwing one master for another. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is less about revolution and more about labor negotiations.

The ducks, though, they might be planning something.

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Comment #1: Saturday, November, 15, 2008 at 02:31:28

RebekahC

This is a favorite in this household. My girls both have grown up with this book, and just adore the crazy antics pulled by the animals on Farmer Brown's farm.



Comment #2: Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 10:26:22

Pussreboots

It's a favorite here too. We also enjoy the counting book Click, Clack, Splish, Splash.



Comment #3: Saturday, November, 15, 2008 at 08:50:34

SmallWorld Reads

Thanks for the fantastic suggestions about books for World Lit. Several of those are unfamiliar to me, so I have lots of reading to do!



Comment #4: Saturday, November 15, 2008, at 10:36:43

Pussreboots

You're welcome! Many of the books I suggested I've reviewed on my blog. I didn't want to overwhelm the comment with a whole bunch of links. My master review list is by title here and by author here. Good luck with your project!



Comment #5: Saturday, November, 15, 2008 at 15:31:16

Shelley Munro

I love kid's stories. Some of them are so clever in concept. I wonder how the author thought of cows and typewriters at the same time.



Comment #6: Monday, November 17, 2008 at 21:18:01

Pussreboots

Good question. I visited Cronin's website and all she says about the book is that she considers it her easiest book to write. It took her twenty minutes to write it (and five years to get it published).



Comment #7: Saturday, November, 15, 2008 at 17:03:22

Callista

Someone already mentioned Click Clack Splish Splash, but don't forget Click Clack Quackity Quack (you mentioned the ducks LOL)



Comment #8: Monday, November 17, 2008 at 21:18:01

Pussreboots

Click Clack Quackity Quack is on my to be reviewed list. I've read it but not written about it here.