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Meow Said the Cow by Emma Dodd
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Dec 15, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: picture-books
Read in December, 2011

You know you're reading a bad picture book when you can't even finish it. They're what, a dozen or so pages in length? If you have to stop, that's a sign. In this case, it's a sign that Dodd's writing is clunky, awkward, and embarrassing. Dodd attemped to write a rhyming story, but the rhymes don't come close to working (trick and magic, and yawning and morning for example)and the meter trots in stops and starts like a robot whose batteries are dying. The reason I gave it one star is because Dodd's artwork is dynamic, attention-getting, and provides excellent examples of texture. As for the rest? No said the librarian.

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