Amazing Cows: Udder Absurdity for Children

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From Sandra Boynton—as it could only come from Boynton—an inventive exuberant jumble of a book for the young reader. Amazing Cows is a picture book, a storybook, a book of fun and games—it’s all those things in one. Plus it even shows you how to find the startling recording of Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero Completely Unraveled for Orchestra and Kazoos” performed by Sandra Boyton & The Highly Irritating Orchestra. (Running time is 17:14, but seems MUCH longer.)

A work of pure obsession, Amazing Cows celebrates cows and offbeat cowness with a miscellany of cow stories, cow poems, cow jokes, and other bovine ephemera. Along the way, expect lively guest appearances by ducks, pigs, and excessive numbers of chickens. There’s a song: "It Had to Be Moo." A game: "Find the Hidden Cows." Famous Barnyard Composers (surely you’ve heard of Wolfgang Amadeus Moozart and Johann Sebastian Bockbockbock). Knock-knock jokes, a cow myth, and an Amazing Cow comic-book adventure: "Trouble on Zebblor 7." Cow fashion. Cow Limericks. How to Speak Cow. Plus so much mooer.

Amazing Cows is full-color, 96 pages long, and packed with the kind of silly fun that young readers adore, especially when they can read it to themselves—and then read it to their parents, and then to their little brothers, and then to the family dog. Or the family cow.
 

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Sandra Boynton is a popular American cartoonist, writer, and songwriter. Since 1974, Boynton has written and illustrated over fifty children’s books and seven general audience books, including five New York Times bestsellers. More than 60 million of her books have been sold—“mostly to friends and family,” she says. She has also written and produced five albums of award-winning children’s music. Three of her albums have been certified Gold, and Philadelphia Chickens, nominated for a Grammy, has gone Platinum. She lives with her family on a farm in New England.
 

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No one can take cute and goofy quite as far as Boynton, and here she is in top form, milking several silly cow-themed mini tales, a comic featuring the exploits of a bovine superhero, limericks, song lyrics, knock-knock jokes, advertisements, fashion notes, and so much mooer! for all theyre worth as herds of Holsteinsinterspersed with a supporting cast of chickens, ducks, pigs, and other livestockcavort across the pages with expressions of wide-eyed befuddlement. Adding educational value with a gallery of Famous Barnyard Composers (Johann Sebastian Bockbockbock) and a diagram of the stages of Metamoophosis from cattlepillar to udderfly, she then closes with an invitation to download an all-kazoo rendition of Ravels Bolero. Somehow, that just seems to fit in with the general zaniness. It would take a heart of stone to find this less than udderly entertaining. Grades 2-4. --John Peters

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