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Where's My Cow? (Discworld #34.5)

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At six o’clock every day, without fail, with no excuses, Sam Vimes must go home to read Where's My Cow?, with all the right farmyard noises, to his little boy. There are some things you have to do. It is
the most loved and chewed book in the world.

But his father wonders why it is full of moo-cows and baa-lambs when Young Sam will only ever see them cooked on a plate. He can
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Doubleday (first published 2005)
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Guy Terry
Dec 17, 2011 Guy Terry rated it it was amazing
The finest literary work of our time, "Where's My Cow?" evokes emotions we didn't even know existed. From the moment the cow vanishes to the main character's tearful reunion with his son, the reader finds themself gripped and at the edge of their seat. I must have read this book a thousand times, every day at 5 PM sharp. It wouldn't do to miss it you see.

Huw Evans
Nov 23, 2011 Huw Evans rated it it was amazing
A work of existentialist realism that surpasses criticism. If there was one book I would have to have on a desert island, it is this one. Whilst superficially targeted at children, who will not see this as anything other than the hunt for a missing bovine, every adult should take time to ponder the metaphysical message imparted on each page. By what mechanism do we identify the things around us? What is the next stage of the deductive process if there is mismatch between auditory input and memor ...more
Saoirse Sterling
Nov 10, 2015 Saoirse Sterling rated it really liked it
I was going to suggest that if you didn't like Discworld you wouldn't really appreciate this, but I think that's wrong. Of course, any Discworld fan will undoubtedly find anything with Sam Vimes in it impossible to resist; he's one of my personal favourites, though I tend to imagine him younger and better looking (we're all allowed our little perks). It definitely wasn't what I was expecting, either. I was expecting a book wherein the cow was eventually found by whomsoever might have owned it, b ...more
Squiff Drake
Jan 21, 2013 Squiff Drake rated it it was amazing
Mr Pratchett's childrens picture book, this book is mentioned in the Discworld series as it is read every night by one of the characters to his son. If you are familiar with Terry Pratchett's work you will find all expected wit and cleverness in this book. If you are familiar with books for small children you will almost certainly recognise the type of book that is gently sent up here. If like me you are a Pratchett fan with a small person you will probably enjoy this more than many of the books ...more
Apr 09, 2009 Vergast rated it it was amazing
This book was so good it makes me sad that i lost it.
Its suposta be a kiddies bedtime story but damn if i didnt enjoy it far to much.
perhaps thats one of the reasons i cant get anyone to go out with me?
This book has some beautiful illistrations.
I mean its really pretty. Its lovly and has a beautiful soft feeling that i do not see in the other babys books i have.
For instance someone would think a pink, red and white book would look soft and child friendly.
But it dosnt.
No my big french boo
Feb 23, 2015 Clouds rated it really liked it
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After this I read: The Drowned Cities
Jack Kirby and the X-man
Jan 09, 2009 Jack Kirby and the X-man rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Discworld fans with kids
This is really a book for the parents more than a book for the child. That being said there are plenty for farmyard noises for the child!

This book ties in with the adult Discworld novel Thud - which has a recurring element of the protagonist, Commander Sam Vines of the City Watch (ie the Police) reading Where's My Cow to his son, Young Sam, at 6 pm every evening. For this book to make much sense at all it would be very useful to have read Thud, or at the very least one or more of the City Watch
Dec 08, 2011 Mardel rated it it was amazing
cover- I love this cover. The almost lifelike rendition of the cow and the painting like quality of the background...then that little cartoon image in the two corners...brilliant. And the stamp - approved by the librarian of Unseen University. If you've read the discworld books, you'll get it, but you haven't...see there's this series of books. In some of the books there's this University, the Unseen University. It's quite magical, because it houses not only all the wizards and sorcerers in Ankh ...more
Dec 25, 2015 Marta rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, children
"Where's My Cow" is central to the plot of Thud - it must be read to young Sam every day at six o'clock sharp, because some things are just THAT important. Fun to see the most memorable characters of Ankh-Morpork depicted, as well as Vimes making faces. The message, however, is that if you lost your cow, you probably don't live in Ankh-Morpork, and that if you mistake a sheep for a cow, you do.
Jun 16, 2015 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent companion to Thud!, and indeed the Discworld in general. The art in this picture book is somehow perfect for the realistic, goofy, fantastic aesthetic of the series. Theoretically this is a stand alone picture book, but I would recommend it most to people who have already enjoyed most of the Watch books.
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John Kirk
Jun 08, 2016 John Kirk rated it really liked it
Shelves: discworld
In Thud!, Vimes reads a story about farmyard animals to his son, although on one occasion he improvises a different version. This book was marketed as being the story that he reads, but that's not really the case: it's a story about Vimes reading a story.

Ignoring the copyright pages etc., there are 24 pages of story (mostly taken up by pictures); that's about the same as the average issue of a US comic. However, it's far more expensive than a comic: the RRP is 10.99. Granted it's a hardback, but
Ана Хелс
Jun 06, 2016 Ана Хелс rated it it was amazing
Великият Пратчет бе истинският бог на вселената, или поне на един свят, носещ се връз костенурка, слонове и разни други мегатонни гадове, пърхащи весело се из чистия вакуум към края на времето. Но и боговете си отиват, не съвсем неочаквано, но пък обичайно без да оставят каквито и да било заместници, а само едно самотно объркване. И купчини артефакти за поколенията. Сериозно смятам книгите на дядо Тери за едно от най-добрите достижения на човешкия ум – идеалният баланс между умното чувство за ху ...more
Gail Gauthier
May 31, 2015 Gail Gauthier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I had a chance to read Where's My Cow? by the late, great Terry Pratchett recently. I ordered this book, and it arrived encased in plastic. Since I purchased it as a gift, I didn't open it. So my first reading was a bit of a surprise.

I thought it was the book Sam Vimes, head of the nightwatch of Ankh-Morpork, runs home from work each evening to read to his son. What Where's My Cow? is really about is Sam Vimes reading Where's My Cow? to his son. It is more than I expected.

Sam Vimes may be my fa
Aug 11, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I read this book out loud in a full cast of accents to my dog. It's great! I would describe it as a parody of the sometimes innocuous books out there for youngsters. While I do enjoy children's books about farmyard animals, I did appreciate the point the author made that the farmyard is not the typical experience of the majority of children. After expressing a desire to teach his son about the actual environment he will grow up in, the father adapts the text to his own experience. This brings a ...more
Mar 29, 2015 Ruth rated it liked it
I liked it. Even though the illustrations of Sam Vimes aren't how I picture him in my head, I thought it was still really cute.
Teri-mae Delay
Nov 29, 2014 Teri-mae Delay rated it it was ok
Shelves: rdg-goodreads
Where's My Cow? is a story about a father reading his son the story Where's My Cow? The story is about a missing cow and then the father changes it. Instead of telling a story about a missing cow he tells a story about a missing daddy in the city. Big Sam and Young Sam have tons of fun with this new story up until Young Sam falls asleep.
This book is very crude. I didn't quite enjoy it at all. The artwork first with the time frame of the story, but not really the story itself. Also, the story is
Apr 25, 2014 R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an adorable children's book, but perhaps not a children's book, though that's certainly the section I found it in. Self-referential and irreverent, this book features a mix of art styles. Young ones may not understand the many references to the Discworld series, but do they really understand the depth and complexity of the worlds they read about anyway (why are there brightly colored shapes floating through the air and why can a passing baby bear count them, or count at all?)? I would re ...more
Eric Couchman
Feb 16, 2016 Eric Couchman rated it really liked it
This is my one year old's favourite book. Daily he shuffles up to me and thrusts the book into my face. As a big Pratchett fan I have to say I'm very proud.

The book is a fun little ditty that is a nice change of pace from your standard baby book. I have marked it down a single star as we do never find the cow (spoilers) and this could perhaps be confusing to someone who doesn't have a full grasp of the English language.

I recomend it for the children in your life but do be warned, like most books
Apr 27, 2016 The_Mad_Swede rated it really liked it
This funny little picture book by Terry Pratchett and artist Melvyn Grant is a wonderful little tale set in Pratchett's Discworld. It tells the story of how Commander Sam Vimes of the City Watch reads to his son, Young Sam, every night at six o'clock; the book they read is Where's my Cow?. But Vimes is a bit skeptical with regards to the educational value of said book, and rewrites for the benefit of both Young Sam and us readers.

Having read this with a soon-to-be five-year-old, I will say that
May 16, 2016 Lily rated it it was amazing
Loved this, which should come as no surprise.
Mar 18, 2015 Bobby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ostensibly a kids book, Where's My Cow? is a book originally referenced in Terry Pratchett's Thud!, where Sam Vimes reads it to young Sam, and then again in Wintersmith. In fact, it was the scene in Wintersmith where Rob Anybody is reading this book to his kid that convinced me I should finally pick it up and read it. I'm not sure what age group this would be appropriate for. I guess it'd be a "kids of all ages" kind of fing! Not mandatory reading for Pratchett fans, but fun if you just want a l ...more
Jun 27, 2007 Wealhtheow rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: tiny children and enraged police officers
Shelves: humor
Tom Lloyd
Nov 05, 2015 Tom Lloyd rated it really liked it
The kids love it and I enjoy reading it to them so all good. Docked a star for the fact there could have been more to the story Vimes makes up and was a bit playing to the slavish fans, but I said the same about the Star Trek movie and most other people didn't seem to give a shit about that. It's a book for my kids not me however and I'm mostly just pleased to have a story about a dad reading to his child, which is I think the aspect mine like best so it's all good.
This is a delightful children's picture book from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Captain Samuel Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is a main character from the books: Guards! Guards!, Men at Arms, Feet Of Clay, Thud, and Snuff. He would read this story, Where's My Cow?, to his son every night before bed time. I do mean every night without fail before bed time.
Sarah Adamson
Nov 23, 2014 Sarah Adamson rated it it was amazing
I read this over and over to my newborn baby and then again as a toddler and now again as an early reader. This is the book featured in some of TP's adult books that is read to Captain Vimes child without fail every night.
It's fun and classic up to a point when it becomes all Tp - fantastic, funny and great.
Eric Lawson
Feb 15, 2013 Eric Lawson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
As it says on the cover "This is a book about reading a book, which turns into a different book. But it all ends happily."

If you've read Thud! by Terry Pratchett, Where's My Cow is the book that Sam Vimes reads to his son every night. Now you can read about Sam Vimes reading to his son. This book is beautifully illustrated by Melvyn Grant, and the mixture of techniques with the realistic and cartoonish elements fit well together.

The story is well put together with plenty of noises to make for th
Jan 06, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children, humor
After reading "Thud," I've been eagerly waiting for my copy of this book so I could see who else got cameos besides Foul Ole Ron. However, it was the very end of Vimes's retelling, when the daddy is finally found, that made me smile the most.
Mar 17, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, humor
Felt like I had to read this after "Thud!". It was funny, although the illustrations threw me since they're nothing like my images of Vimes and family. I like how it's about the story and then turns into the story. Cute.
May 14, 2014 Karl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a fan, sadly. This is not a book that would actually appeal to kids. It's a 24-page in-joke for fans of the Discworld series, and the way the illustrator draws Sam Vimes is frankly creepy as hell.
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“Where's my daddy?
Is that my daddy?
It goes, "I fink, derefore I am. I fink."
It is Sergeant Detritus the troll!
That's not my daddy!”
“So he said to young Sam: "if you lose your cow you should report this to the Watch under Demonic & Farmyard Animals (Lost) Act of 1804. They will swing into action with keenness and speed. Your cow will be found. If it has been impersonating other animals, it may be arrested. If you are a stupid person, do not look for your cow yourself. Never try to milk a chicken. It hardly ever works.” 6 likes
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