“ Author: Doreen Cronin / Format: Paperback / Genre: Animal Stories / Subcategory: Children's Fiction /Title: Click, Clack, Moo / ISBN 13: 9780743461511 / ISBN 10: 0743461511 / Reading Level: Baby-Preschool / 32 Pages / Book is published 2000-04-29 by Simon & Schuster / Alternative title: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type / Alternative ISBN 10: 0689832133 „
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I love this book, although I fear that the plot subtleties are lost on my three-year-old! Still, he likes it too, and its nice to have a book that makes me laugh as well. And it does make me laugh, pretty much every time.
"Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears Click, Clack, MOO". The story is simply written - short sentences, very factual description of a delightfully absurd situation. Farmer Brown wants them to produce milk, but they keep sending him type-written notes, demanding electric blankets and other luxuries. They go on strike and Duck has to mediate. There is a nice twist at the end too.
The illustrations are big and bold and colourful, as you'd expect for a children's book. I love the expressions on the cow's faces.
Incidentally, I also love the fact that they use typewriters not computers - and I've just realised that my children have never listened to this story and then asked me what a typewriter is.
My son likes this - he thinks it is a nice book about cows. I think it is a great story with dry humour and a surprise ending. It suits us both. However I do think I probably like it more - he doesn't complain when I choose this but he'd choose Fireman Sam.
It costs about £4 and has 32 pages.
This is a very amusing and witty story which will entertain both children and adults alike. Click, Clack, Moo cows that type is the first published story book by author Doreen Cronin. An attorney by trade who also happens to collect antique typewriters she wrote this story in the middle of the night in twenty minutes no less whilst grieving for her father. Following the impact of such a loss she continued to write and also enroled at law school, something she had wanted to do for a while after realising she would not be able to become a police officer like her father and through her stories we see adult themed issues conveyed through the eyes of animals.
Click, Clack, Moo Cows that type is the story of literate cows who are unhappy with their living conditions on the farm they reside. Following their discovery of an old typewriter in their barn they send the farms owner, Farmer Brown a note;
Dear Farmer Brown,
The barn is very cold at night.
We'd like some electric blankets.
Farmer Brown is furious, not only can he not believe his ears on hearing the cows Click, Clack, Moo all day long he now can not believe his eyes. Angrily he refuses, the cows in response to this go on strike, leaving yet another note on the barn door.
Farmer Brown is left fuming after reading yet another note from the cows, it would appear this time the cows are now rooting for the hens. Farmer Brown continues to ignore the pleas of the cows and when both the Cows and the Hens go on strike he is forced to respond on his own typewriter with an ultimatum which is delivered to the Cows and Hens by Duck the neutral party in this dispute.
Farmer Brown awaits the response from the Cows and the Hens all night until finally the Duck appears in the morning with a note. The Cows and the Hens are prepared to negotiate by way of a compromise (I will leave that bit for you to read). Farmer Brown decides to agree to their request and awaits for the Duck to deliver on their agreement, however, the Duck the neutral party in all of this decides to respond with a little note of his own!!!
A very funny story which will amuse children of all ages, although it is suggested for children aged between 3 - 8 years of age. Adults and children will delight upon the images of Cows that can type and ofcourse the adult themes conveyed here, working conditions, mediation, going on strike and solidarity will tickle adults alike. This first story of Doreen Cronin actually received an award, she continues to write stories through the eyes of animals and has just published a further two more stories one of which includes Farmer Brown again and the Cows; Dooby,Dooby, Moo. The other story is called Diary of a fly.
Page wise, there is 32 pages all beautifully illustrated by an established illustrator Betsy Lewin. Betsy Lewin has drawn in pen the illustrations and then watercolour washed them giving us big, colourful and vibrant illustrations allowing us to work out the story even if you are not yet very competent at reading.
Price wise, this hardback edition retails at £9.99, although I have very rarely ever paid the recommended retail price, often buying from online bookclubs such as Red house or even online stores such as Amazon.
Amazon currently sell both the hardback edition of this book and the paperback edition for around £4.49
You can also buy the dvd, which has this story and others animated and being read out to you for around £4.63 a good buy I think you will agree. If you have children and do not yet own a copy then my advice would be get one, it will quickly become a firm favourite of all the family.