Moo!

by David LaRochelle
illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2013

It starts like any other day on the farm – Cow placidly grazes in the field, then it all begins! She notices the farmer leaving a “For Sale” sign on his shiny red convertible. Cow instantly sees a moo-velous opportunity to spice up her day, and before long she and the car are exuberantly joyriding down the road. Like many road trips, this one includes unforeseen disaster. After an encounter with the police, Cow heads home to face the moo-sic, and the hilarious resolution to the story will leave readers smiling. The story is written almost entirely in Cow, but it causes no problem for human readers since the punctuation, capitalization, and art all combine to tell a very clear story. “Moo-moo!” translates very obviously to “Uh-oh!” as Cow sees danger ahead. Adults and children will find that this deceptively simple story is truly a pleasure to read–and moo!–together.

  • David LaRochelle Author

    A former elementary school teacher, David LaRochelle has written or illustrated twenty-five books, including picture books, puzzle books, craft books, and a book for young adults. His titles include It’s a Tiger!, How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans, and The Best Pet of All. He is especially proud of Moo!, winner of the CLEL Bell Award for Early Literacy, the Minnesota Book Award, and a Star of the North nominee. David lives in White Bear Lake where he writes, draws, and carves creative pumpkins when he is not visiting schools around Minnesota to read his books. Visit David on his website at www.davidlarochelle.com

  • Mike Wohnoutka Illustrator

    Mike Wohnoutka is the illustrator of more than twenty children’s books. His books include Moo! and Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster, which is his first book as both author and illustrator. His other titles have won numerous awards, including the National Jewish Book Award and the Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award. Even though Mike was a troublemaker when he was in grade school, and thus gets a little nervous around principals, he still loves visiting schools and talking with students about creating books. Mike lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children. Visit Mike on his website at www.mikewohnoutka.com

Movies

Watch The Moo!vie

See how Moo! was created!

Music

Music & Lyrics by Tom Lieberman, © 2014, Liza Rose Records (ASCAP)

Downloadable Activities

These free activities will get you and your child thinking, drawing, moving, singing, reading, and learning together. Once Upon a Reader celebrates Minnesota’s rich cultural heritage by engaging young children with books and music by Minnesota authors, artists, and musicians at Minnesota libraries. As children connect around one book together–talking about it, singing songs about it, and more–they build important early literacy skills that help get them ready for school success.

Below, parents, caregivers, and educators will find free downloadable activities which are designed to pair with Moo!, and to encourage families to continue the statewide celebration of the book at home.

When reading Moo! with children, have fun! The more you engage children in the telling of the story, the more valuable the experience will be for both of you (this is true of all books). Ask children what they think will happen next. Use the book and the activities below as jumping-off points for great conversations.

Drive-In Moo-vie

Drive-In Moo-vie

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Organize a Drive-In Moo-vie by letting kids turn cardboard boxes into cars. After decorating their cars, have them park in front of the projector screen, hand out popcorn or other treats, and show the animated video of Moo! available by clicking the button below!

Moo-Velous Puppet Show!

Moo-Velous Puppet Show!

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Download and print the puppet templates to have your own Moo! adventures at home.

Cow's Crazy Crossword

Cow’s Crazy Crossword

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Download and print the crossword puzzle asking children to answer the clues with the name of the barnyard animal that makes that sound.

Moo! Creative Drawing

Moo! Creative Drawing

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Download and print the activity and have children draw what Cow’s car looks like and what Cow is doing.

Moo! Board Game

Moo! Board Game

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Download and print the Moo! Board Game. Cut out and decorate game pieces to be used on the provided game board. Use a die (not included) to move the game pieces along the board.

Moo! The Sequel

Moo! The Sequel

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Children now have the opportunity to create their own one-word book! Using a piece of construction paper and a little imagination, have kids choose their own animal and use that animal’s sound (Quack! Meow! Roar!) for their book’s text.

Cow Talk Activity

Cow Talk Activity

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: It’s your turn to decide what Cow is saying! First children will color Cow how they wish. Next they will create and write different dialogue on a spinning wheel, letting the kids decide what Cow should say.