Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week we reviewed How to be a Genius: Your Brain and How to Train It. This week we looked at Charlesbridge‘s Boo Cow (age 4-7), written by Patricia Baehr and illustrated by Margot Apple. I have to thank Donna at Charlesbridge Publishing for my review copy.
Mr. and Mrs. Noodleman packed in their city life to open a chicken farm in the country. But when their chickens don’t produce any eggs after days of trying, the Noodlemans discover the legend of Boo Cow from a neighbouring farmer.
Could it be true? Could the ghost of a cow be frightening the chickens into not laying eggs? The Noodlemans decide to sleep out in the barn, to comfort the chickens and confront Boo Cow is she arrives and are greeted with a surprise.
Boo Cow is a wonderful story that all 3 of my kids enjoyed. Although the story does have a ghost in it, Boo Cow is not the frightening ghost type. That’s not to say there weren’t tense moments when we read the story but the delightful twist in the ending banished any fear the kids may have had.
The illustrations add to the warm, tender tale and even soften the appearance of Boo Cow, adding to her gentle nature.
I enjoyed the story of Boo Cow on many levels. I love the determination of the Noodlemans to give up what they knew to try something different and perhaps scary. I love that even when things weren’t going as planned they stuck it out and worked together to make things happen, even going as far as having some chickens sleep in the house with them. And of course the story of Boo Cow and her ‘mother hen’ involvement with the chickens themselves is wonderful.
You can add a copy of Boo Cow to your own personal library by visiting your local bookseller or Charlesbrige. For other great book recommendations for kids, take a read through the past Write a Review Wednesday posts.