Happy Friday, and welcome to another installment of the monthly feature at Bewitched Bookworms where we review Children’s books.
by Matthew Van Fleet
Hardcover, 18 pages–Ages 2 and up
Published by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, August 2011
Received a copy in my swag bag at 2012 BEA Book Blogger Convention
From the creator of the New York Times bestsellers Heads and Dog. Oink, cluck, squeak, moo . . . cock-a-doodle-doo! Ingeniously designed flaps and pull tabs, accompanied by pettable textures, offer a flock of interactive fun in this innovative introduction to the habits and distinctive voices of seven species of barnyard residents. Toddlers will delight in identifying and imitating each critter!
I was lucky enough to get a copy of MOO in my swag bag as part of the Book Blogger Con at BEA this year, and I really hoped that my three year old son would like this book. And he loves it! We’ve been enjoying reading this book together for several months now, and it has held up well. The pop up pages are pretty thick, but some of the paper pieces that move aren’t as robust and can bend easily.
This interactive picture book is a winner in our house. MOO teaches all of the names for mother/father/baby barnyard animals and the respective noises they make, all while offering soft fur to pet and vibrant pop up pictures to tell their story. You can make the roosters peck and the farmer milk a cow into a bucket or toward a hungry cat. There’s even a squeaky toy for the rubber duck as part of the duck pages. Don’t forget to look for the little mouse on every page. He’s doing some funny things every time, and it’s a lot of fun to search for it with your child.
The story is told simply with a nice rhythm with rhyming, and the text is large black on a white background. My son and I have spent many enjoyable hours feeling the different furs, squeaking the rubber duck toy (which is his favorite, of course), and searching for the mouse. This is a great book for toddlers just starting out with picture books, and it’s also great for beginner readers too.