Udderly factual (or not) stories of Sandra Boynton’s Amazing Cows

March 29, 2011 at 5:58 am Leave a comment

Amazing Cows: A Book of Bovinely Inspired Misinformation by Sandra Boynton; published by Workman Publishing, New York; 2010.

The cover of Sandra Boynton’s Amazing Cows screams information in a, well, comic book sort of way.  Opening the cover reveals red end pages covered with Boynton’s distinctive illustrative style: lovable cross-eyed cows with AMAZING COWS! screaming above their heads.  All of that bovine bravado before getting past the title page!  And trust me, the book only gets better with every turn of the page.  Poetry, prose, jokes and limericks, even a “vintage” comic book excerpt fill this nonfiction*collection.  There are advertisements for music CDs (“It Had to Be Moo”) and a book dedicated to decorating with cows.

* This book is shelved in the nonfiction stacks only by virtue of the call number: It is shelved in the 818’s, where American literature is filed.

As the title proclaims, this book is appropriate for “all ages up to a hundred and moo” and that’s the truth.  I laughed so loud at the names of the cows alone that I had to explain to the person in the car next to me (I was in the school parking lot) what I was reading.  I can imagine reading parts of this book to children from kindergarten through at least fifth grade (hear that, school librarians looking for a read-aloud for older kids?!).  This would be a terrific book for families to read together.  Imagine the family programming possibilities in a public library!

However you decide to use it, I strongly recommend you find this book and share it with someone! 😆


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