In my time with CBR I have reviewed very few children’s books. Mostly its because I don’t have many kids to read to so my exposure to and enjoyment of children’s books is limited. But I do have a wonderful coworker who read Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type to her own kids a few years ago. When we were having lunch together shortly thereafter she told me about it and when I expressed delight at its conceit she bought me my own copy for my birthday, and that is how I, a childless woman in her mid-thirties,came to receive Doreen Cronin’s book.
Friends, I do love this book. So, for International Children’s Book Day (April 2, 2020) I’m treating myself to a review of it. In these beautiful watercolor pages is the story of farm animals in revolt! The cows have found a typewriter and use it all day. Farmer Brown is a tidbit annoyed at it but doesn’t mind too much. That is until the girls start to use their typewriter skills to make demands. When their demands aren’t met, they go on strike. Eventually their sister chickens join them. Farmer Brown has to figure out what to do about the strike, and sends his offer with an intermediary duck, who has plans of its own.
There is something about cows on strike and using typewriters of all things to communicate that just makes me laugh. The artwork of the book, done by Betsy Lewin, is beautiful. I can heartily suggest this to any children’s book reader out there. If you want to experience me reading the book, perhaps you want to make your way over to the Cannonball Read Book Chat Facebook group.