Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type
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Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type

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Farmer Brown has a problem.

His cows like to type.

All day long he hears

Click, clack, MOO.

Click, clack, MOO.

Clickety, clack, MOO.

But Farmer Brown's problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes....

Doreen Cronin's understated text and Betsy Lewin's expressive illustrations make the most of this hilarious situation. Come join the fun as a bunch of literate cows t...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (first published September 1st 1999)
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HA HA! Workers of the world unite! I'm not sure how I accidentally checked out this book on how to explain union movements to your toddler, but this was a h-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s, bizarre, and unexpected read.
Amusing though smacked a little too much of labor strikes and typical corporate bad guys vs. dissatisfied workers for my taste... I know, I know, it is a kids book, though, and it IS hilarious to think of those cows click-clack-mooing away in the barn! :-)
Jackie "the Librarian"
Oct 29, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cow lovers everywhere
You gotta watch out for those smart cows. Once they realize their power over farmers, there is no end to what they might ask for. Room service. Extra towels. Facials. And you know what THAT means - the price of ice cream will skyrocket!
Never let a cow near a typewriter, that's all I'm saying.
Author: Doreen Cronin

Illustrator: Betsy Lewin

Genre: Fiction Picture Book

Publication Info: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing : 2000

Reading Level: Ages 4-8; Early Reader

Topic/Theme: Animal Rights/ Strike

Issues Addressed: Whether animals should be given rights on the farm. Does the farmer have the right to keep the animals produce? Social issues: stereotypical farmer and farm setting

Classroom Uses: Read Aloud, Individual Reading, Shared Reading

Summary: The animals on the farm find a typ...more
Not so much a preschool aged book as for older children. My 5 yr old got a kick out of it and paid attention throughout. The illustrations were adorable and I could see us getting a copy of this and reading it again in the future. Simple story line that had everyone laughing.
We've all heard that the "pen is mightier than the sword" and "the squeaky wheel gets the grease," well in Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, Farmer Brown learns firsthand just how true these adages are when his cows find a typewriter in the barn and demand better treatment.

When Farmer Brown first hears the click-clack sounds coming from the barn, he tries digging out the wax buildup in his ears because cows can't type!

But these cows can, and they nail their demands on the barn...more
Katie Cunningham
This is not a bilingual book, but it works very well for bilingual storytime, especially with a school-age group. This is a very popular title in English, so kids who do not speak Spanish have often read the story before and stay engaged hearing it in Spanish. The repeating "Clic, clac, muu" is the same in both languages and everyone can participate! I love using books that make parents and kids laugh together, and this is definitely one of those! Also great for print awareness.
Amy Holliday
Comments on the Story:

Have you ever wondered what cows would ask for if they could some how manage to type a letter to the farmer? Well if you want to find out then you should read this book.

Recommend Uses for this Book:

This book would be a great book for a preschool storytime. I have thought of using this book for "working together" type themes, because the cows work together to get something they want. This might also be a great story to do a flannel board.
Mylksnake Wilson
These cows are bad negotiators... gave up their best communication tool in exchange for one demand. (Chimpanzee negotiators in Madagascar II won maternity leave!) Is an "impartial party" in strike negotiations sometimes untrustworthy like the duck? Hmm....

Could reading a story about a boy owning a pet boa constrictor contribute to a real kid's unhealthy desire for a deadly pet or is it just imaginative fun? Hmm....

Pig Weddings...I really like this lesson in socialization..the pigs wash up and c...more
Cronin's books are fabulous - consistently funny, always imaginative, and extremely clever. Sure, they're aimed a kids, but adults will appreciate the stories as well. This is the first I read, and the characters reappear in Duck For President and Dooby Dooby Moo, both of which are great reads as well.
Snow day today, and daddy duty includes letting the 7-year-old add a few of his favorites to the gr collection... One day I will let him write his own reviews.
A book about the power of literacy and effective communication, told with great humor.
Julianne Frye
This story is about some cows on Farmer Brown's farm that get a hold of a typewriter. After they get the typewriter, they send Farmer Brown a note requesting electric blankets for the barn. When Farmer Brown refuses to answer their request, they go on strike and tell him they won't give him any more milk. The hens join the strike after Farmer Brown refuses to give them electric blankets also. Now Farmer Brown has no milk OR eggs! They decide to make Farmer Brown a deal and ask for electric blank...more

The concept of a worker’s strike is presented in Click, Clack, Moo. The story is set on a bucolic fantasy farm, with rolling hills and a big red barn. The cows have discovered an old typewriter, and use their typewriting skills to ask Farmer Brown for electric blankets, as it is very cold in the barn at night.

When Farmer Brown refuses what he sees as silly request, the cows go on strike and refuse to allow the farmer to milk them. The chickens, also cold at night, join with the cows and refuse t...more
Mari Jo
My sons who are 16 and 20 years of age have never touched a typewriter, and I wonder what kids think when they read the book; they might like to try to type on an old manual typewriter to see what life was like before computers. I also wonder if this is a book that adults enjoy reading to their kids on a different intellectual level with the grievances, disputes, and strikes. I really had to stretch my imagination when I read this book because I am so pragmatic that it was hard for me to keep go...more
In Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type, Doreen Cronin tells a story of some cows and hens that do not like their living conditions. They are cold at night and in a typewritten letter they tell the farmer that they want electric blankets or they will not give any milk or eggs. The farmer is furious and refuses so the cows and the farmer have a mediation with the duck. In the end they trade the typewriter for the blankets and all is back to normal until the duck gets a hold of the typewriter.
Ashley Bell
The book, Click, Clack, MooCows that Type, by Coreen Cronin, is a very cute book. The cows find a type writer in the barn they stay in and decided they wanted to let the farmer know a few things. the cows keep leaving notes for the farmer asking for heated blankets since they think it is cold and refuse to give his any milk until he complies. THe the chickens get in on it and will not give any eggs to the farmer. Eventually they come to an agreement and give the type writer back to the farmer in...more
Kayla Pollema
Farmer Brown has a problem with his animals. They were using a typewriter to get what they wanted, but who will end up with the typewriter in the end?

Descriptive words that are used in the book teach readers about the power of using onomatopoeias. Young readers know what these words mean but seeing them in a book creates a powerful teaching opportunity. Having students brainstorm their own onomatopoeias will help them feel like real authors just like Doreen Cronin. Students can see how real auth...more
Katherine Doss
In this book, the cows on the farm begin typing letters to the farmer to make requests on behalf of themselves and the other animals. It could be connected to the curriculum by serving as a great introduction to a unit on letter writing. I personally loved this book due to the use of the animals with human characteristics, the great pictures, and the repetition throughout the book that would make it great to be read aloud with student participation. The visual appeal of this book is a great one,...more
This picture book brings laughter to every group it is read too. Children can feel for the underdog (the farm animals). The ending is a real teaser that children can understand on their own or with a little encouragement as a circle story. It works well as a preread for a creative writing activity of a circle story. The author seems to even think of the older students or adults who will be reading this book with the humor that might pass by the younger audience in both the text and illustrations...more
What a funny little book! I read Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type yesterday with 5 year old Abby and 3 year old Emma, my neighbor’s granddaughters.

After the first few pages Abby started to giggle and said she knew what the cows were typing. “They want some electric blankets!”

She had read this book at school and remembered it almost word for word! Both girls laughed uproariously all the way to the end of the book. Then I kept hearing “Again! Again! Read it again!”

The drawings are funny and the sto...more
Kennia Torres
This story has to be one of my absolute favorites! It is about cows who find a type writer and begin to type notes to their farmer asking for the request of electric blankets. The farmer keeps resisting, the cows keep asking. However, not just the cows the hens too! They go on strike putting up signs that say that they will not produce milk or eggs until they get their wish. A neutral duck comes up with an ultimatum and the cows and hens trade the type writer for the blankets. However, the duck...more
I love Cronin's works--especially the farm books. I find humor in her illustrations and the stories are entertaining to me. This was a perfect book to use in the preschool Cow themed storytime. I enjoyed making the sounds and character voices. I loved hearing the laughter from the children and the parents. And it was really fun to hear the kids starting imitating my "click, clack, moo" sounds. Everyone loved the ending. A great start to a storytime and worked in both crowds (which were both larg...more
Louisa Lesté-lasserre
I think it's funny each time those cows give a note to Farmer Brown saying stupid stuff like "sorry we're closed no milk today"!
Megan Alexander
Title: Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type
Author: Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Betsy Lewin
Date of Publication: 2000
Genre: Fiction
Awards: Caldecott Medal
Farmer Brown has an issue with his farm animals. His cows like to type and leave him notes demanding items they want to make their stay in the barn more comfortable or else they won’t produce milk. The cows go on strike until they get the items they requested. They use their friend duck as the neutral party to deliver the messages. In the end,...more
Kierstyn Stanley
Farmer Brown isn't your typical farmer. He has a problem. All of his farm animals have gone on strike! How does he know? Well somehow his cows have learned to type on a typewriter. Farmer Brown can't believe what he is seeing. He has no milk, no eggs, and he doesn't know what he's going to do. The farm animals won't give him any of their goods until their needs are met, like having blankets for the barn since it gets cold at night. Farmer Brown gets his own type writer out to send the animals a...more
Anna Summers
In the book, Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type, Farmer Brown’s cows use their typing skills to negotiate for better living conditions on the farm. When Farmer Brown refuses to give the cows electric blankets, the other farm animals get involved in the negotiating. They reach a deal. In the end, the cows get their blankets and the ducks end up with the typewriter. This book is hilarious! The illustrations bring out so much of the animals’ personalities and thoughts. You can tell what the animals a...more
Morgan Carter
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, by Doreen Cronin is an excellent book. This story is about Farmer Brown's cows that get a hold of a typewriter. After they get the typewriter, they send Farmer Brown a note requesting electric blankets for the cold barn. When Farmer Brown refuses to answer their request, they go on strike and tell him they won't give him anymore milk. The hens eventually join the strike after Farmer Brown refuses to give them electric blankets also, which leaves Farmer Brown wit...more
Robert Beveridge
Doreen Cronin, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type (Simon and Schuster, 2000)

For some odd reason, I was expecting a story that played on the novelty of, you know, literate cows rather than a treatise on a cow union under negotiations with their oppressive, capitalist farmer boss. Still, whether the kiddies will get the underlying themes is debatable at best. Decent use of language which the kids will enjoy, though the repetition may begin to grate on the parent after the fiftieth repetition. ***

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Doreen Cronin was a practicing attorney in Manhattan when her first book Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type became a publishing success. But her book was not published overnight, in fact, she had written this barnyard tale even before attending law school but only received rejection letters from publishers. Five years after submitting the original manuscript she got a call from a publisher who want...more
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