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Cock-a-moo-moo - Juliet Dallas-Conte

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Juliet Dallas-Conte / Edition: New Ed / Paperback / 32 Pages / Book is published 2002-03-08 by Macmillan Children's Books

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      10.04.2009 16:27
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      There's a hero inside us all waiting to get out.

      Cock-A-Moo-Moo tells the story of a confused Cockerel who has forgotten how to crow. " Cock-A-Moo-Moo" he tries, only to be told "Thats not right, only cows go Moo" He tries other various farmyard noises to no avail, until he is shunned and ridiculed by the other animals. However his redemption comes after alerting the animals to the ultimate farmyard threat...A FOX! Now a hero can cockerel remember how to crow proudly and correctly?

      My daughter recieved this book as part of one of 3 bookstart packs, given to pre school children at various milestones. This one was handed out by her health visitor at her 2 year check-up and became a very much loved book.

      A sturdy board book with 26 pages, the story has a wonderful rythmic and repetative style, and includes all the favourite farmyard animal noises children of a pre school age enjoy so much. It's very simple and easy for a child to participate with the story, very much enjoying the 'Thats not right...' parts. It's funny when cockerel gets it wrong, a bit scary for a second when the fox comes sniffing around, and worthy of a big cheer when cockerel finally gets it right. It's also really well illustrated, which I think is essential to pre-school children who like to visualize stories as they are told.

      I have come to be reviewing this book today as we are having a bit of a sort out and getting rid of some toys and books my, now aged 4 and half year old, has outgrown. She decided that this book is now for babies, and it made me sad. How quick they grow. However over 2 years of enjoyment proves that its a definite must for any toddlers book collection. I would reccomend this book for children 18m to 4 years.

      Cock-A-Moo-Moo is written by Juliet Dallas-Conte and illustrated by Alison Bartlett

      As stated above I recieved this in my daughters 2y book start pack, however it's available in paperback on Amazon.co.uk for £4.49. Personally I'd reccomend looking for the board book, as this book needs to be heavy duty as it will be read hundreds of times.

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        06.11.2008 19:23
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        A great story to share with small children!

        Cock a Moo Moo is a very simple but delightful picture story book that I feel sure that most young children will absolutely love. It tells a very funny story about a very confused cockerel who has forgotten how to crow! He is so confused that he comes out with all different variations of 'cock a doodle doo' using the other animals' sounds but none of them are right. All of the farmyard animals tell him that he is getting it wrong and he is very silly - all of which make hime rather sad!

        However, one night when all the animals are sleeping a fox creeps into the hen house and it looks like all the hens will have had it until... There is a huge cacophony of noise as the cockerel desperately tries to wake them all up:

        'Cock-a-moo-moo!
        Cock-a-baa-baa!
        Cock-a-oink-oink!
        cock-a-quack-quack!

        All the animals awaken and thanks to Cockerel's quick thinking they chase the fox away and the cockerel is declared a hero! He is so happy he never forgets how to cock-a-doodle-doo again!

        This story is so much fun that both my daughters really loved it from a very young age. Although my five year old has probably outgrown it now, my three year old has not yet tired of it and often asks for it to be read.

        I think there are a number of things in this story that really appeal to a young child. Firstly,the storyline is great.It's simple to follow but also has that element of anticipation that children love as well as a happy ending.

        Most of the language is straightforward but there are some quite lovely descriptive words as well. There's a lovely bit of description that goes:

        'Someone was sniffling...and rustling... and squeaking...into the hen house!

        Another good thing about the language is that it is very repetitive making it ideal for young children to join in with! A number of pages start in exactly the same way with just a variation in what the cockerel says. His actual words are always in big bold capital letters and my daughter knows that she is allowed to shout these - which she does! Even though she's not aware of them yet she's also getting an experience of seeing speech marks when a character talks.

        Added to all this there are some absolutely delightful illustrations from Alison Bartlett - all bright and colourful. My daughter really enjoys looking at the pictures on every page.

        So overall we really enjoy this book which has had many many reads over the last few years. It is written by Juliet Dalls-Conte and published by Ted Smart. At present the paperback can be bought on Amazon for £4.49.

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          04.07.2007 12:29
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          An excellent way to get in touch with your inner cow!

          One of the presents my daughter received for her recent birthday was this amusingly titled paperback book. Once I had got over my (very immature) sniggering at the title and we got down to the nitty gritty of actually reading the book a million times a day I grew to really enjoy it, and it is one of my favourite stories to read to my toddler (although a good part of this is the fact that it is very short and easy to read!)


          ***The Author***

          An Amazon.co.uk search on Juliet Dallas-Conte brings up this book and a Nigel Slater cookbook, so this is a first time children’s book author. Macmillan (the publishers) have little to add on their website, simply stating that she is an author and illustrator living in London with her husband and three children. I would imagine that with three children she has a lot of experience with bedtime stories, something definitely reflected in this book!

          ***Size***

          26.9 x 21.5 x 0.9 (from Amazon.co.uk)

          It’s a very thin book, just the size to get stuck under furniture and to disappear very easily in bookcases.

          ***Age Range***

          As there are relatively few words to read and there are lots of noises to make it is an excellent book for children just beginning to be interested in books (18 months or so). I would imagine children up to the age of 3 or 4 would enjoy having this book read to them as it is very interactive and can be made very exciting!

          ***The Story***

          The cockerel has forgotten how to crow so when the sun comes up he takes a deep breath and shouts ‘Cock-a-moo-moo’! The cows tell him off and he tries again, but his efforts lead to him being told off by the ducks, pigs and sheep as well. He gives up and goes back to the henhouse to be mocked by the chickens. However, that night Cockerel’s unusual style saves the day and he becomes a hero.

          The story is told simply with a couple of sentences per page and with plenty of opportunities for physical and verbal engagement with the book. When Cockerel takes his first deep breath in the morning, it is natural to take a deep breath too before you turn the page to shout out his mistake! The animals in question are printed on the same pages as the Cockerel’s crows, so even non-readers can guess what Cockerel is going to shout by looking at the relevant picture.

          ***Illustrations***

          The illustrations have been done by Alison Bartlett, an established children’s book illustrator. They are rather odd, but often quite appealing paintings which accompany the quirky text quite well. I am not sure that they would be to everyone’s taste as the animals are intriguingly and simplistically rendered, with an air of incompleteness and a definitely sense of hurriedness and speed.

          ***Impressions***

          This is a wonderfully simple interactive book which gets us mooing and quacking away like crazy. My daughter loves guessing Cockerel’s next mistake and making all of the animal noises. She also (STILL!) gets overly excited whilst waiting to find out what is sneaking and rustling around the farm, hanging on my arm as I turn the page and jumping when she sees the FOX! From my point of view it is blessedly short, taking just a few minutes to read; feeling even shorter because of the fun interactions. The text is large and easy to read and the font is unusual and pleasing to the eye.

          It has the additional advantage of a nice little lesson behind it, that even the most foolish can sometimes surprise us and be heroic. The story is also a good introduction to the fact that mistakes happen to everyone but other people’s reactions to your mistakes can sometimes be hurtful and upsetting. If I had to say anything negative about the book I would be forced to concede that the style of illustrating is not to my taste in places, one odd picture of the animals asleep in particular makes me read that page a little bit quicker!

          An excellent way to practice (or learn) your animal noises!


          ***Price and Stockists***

          The RRP of the paperback format is £4.99 but its £4.49 on Amazon.
          Marketplace offers start at £0.01
          ISBN: 0333947533

          ***Available Formats***

          It is also available as a boardbook for £4.99
          Marketplace offers start at £0.93
          ISBN:1405019816

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          Poor Cockerel has forgotten how to crow - and all the animals are teasing him. But when the fox comes sniffing around, Cockerel becomes a hero...