I Am Cow Hear Me Moo! by Jill Esbaum
Published by Penguin Viking
Most children show off now and then, and Nadine the cow is no different, except that she does it all the time. This is a highly amusing, character driven story, written in rhyme, and which examines the consequences of boasting too much about your own abilities.
Nadine tells her friends, Starla and Annette, that she fears nothing at all, not even lightning, but when she finds herself in the awkward position of having to prove her bravery by actually taking her friends on an intrepid expedition through the wild woods, she becomes ever so slightly scared. Nadine’s confidence is knocked even further when they become lost and she is then separated from her friends. She spends all night on her own in the woods, where she hears strange rustlings and other noises that frighten her so much it almost makes her milk curdle.
This is an adorable picture book for children, which enables them to identify with the character of Nadine as she learns about the consequences of being too much of a show off.
Gus Gordon’s cow illustrations are ‘udderly’ hilarious and so delightfully expressive. Drawn in a loose, sketchy style, Nadine’s personality and emotions can be easily understood by the reader at each stage of her scary adventure.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Jill Esbaum
Illustrator: Gus Gordon
Title: I Am Cow Hear Me Moo!
Publisher: Penguin Viking