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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  857 ratings  ·  196 reviews
When Cow gets her hooves on the farmer's car, she takes it for a wild ride through the country. Moooo! But a bump in the road brings this joy ride to a troublesome end. Moo-moo. . . Has Cow learned her lesson about living life in the fast lane? Moo?

Pairing two talented creators who managed to tell a complete story with just one word--MOO--this imaginative picture book will
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Walker Books for Young Readers (first published September 10th 2013)
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Oh my goodness-YES!!! I like this even more than "Banana" possibly because I love cows. And also because there is a little more in the illustrations. Can't wait to read this in preschool storytime!

1/8/14: Fabulous!! The kids and adults all loved this. Laughed throughtout the whole thing. Loved the pictures. Loved that the cow took the car. Loved all the moo-ing. I read it just right that they understand what all was being said in Moo. The only downside: I forgot the adorable toy cow I got for Ch
Um...can I give it TEN STARS, please!

Perfect for beginning readers to teach about print awareness. Also great to build confidence in early readers since pretty much every single word is "moo."

I can't WAIT to do this in story times!!
Matt Millslagle
Great book, illustrated by Minnesotan Mike Wohnoutka. It's a great book for teaching punctuation, expression and feeling. I love this book and its local ties are great.
Whitney Rachel
This is just a fun, goofy book! It would be great for storytime. Think of all of the moo intonations!
Loved it! What a hilarious way to model voice inflection and encourage kids to verbalize what is happening in the story..
Lauren Machta
This is such a wonderful book for kids. My daughter LOVES it. So hilarious!
Brooke Leone
The book Moo tells the story of a cow who takes his owners "car for sale" and then gets in trouble by crashing it, then blames the sheep. This book could almost be a wordless picture book but the authors use of the only two words in the book "Moo" and "Baa" definitely help set the tone.

Like I said this could almost be a wordless book. There are only two words used in the entire book, and the word "baa" isn't used until the very last page. But the way the author sets up the text and the pictures
Shelby Summerville
The book MOO! written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka is a book about a cow's wild adventure, only using one word, moo! We meet a cow, she is just grazing in the grass. But she notices the farmer putting a for sale sign on his red car, well this gives the cow an idea. She takes the car for a little ride. She's having a wonderful time, until she hits a rock and goes flying through the air, only to crash and land on a police car. The police man does not seem pleasure, and ...more
Interesting enough, this story only contains one word throughout the book, Moo. However, the word is expressed in many ways. To show the cow’s confused or questionable mood, the author uses a question mark after “moo”. To show his excitement, he uses an exclamation mark. The author included many more O’s after “moo” to make the story more funny and enjoyable for kids.
The illustrations are full of color and vivid. Any type of child, special or not, can enjoy the book without having to read the t
Brenda  Roman
Moo by David LaRochelle illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka, is about a cow who always says one word goes on a wild adventure. When the cow sees a car for sale he decides to ride it when he sees a sign he screams MOO! Stay tuned and see what happens next.

I love how the author used one word throughout the book. Each illustration was well design and placed in the appropriate place in the page. Some illustrations were a full page with text on the other side but no white space was used. Colors such as bl
Josh Sonii
This book is about a cow and a farmer. The farmer is trying to sell his car, so he puts it on a hill with a for sale sign on it. The cow sees the car and decides to jump into it to go for a drive. He goes up and down all the hills in the farm. Then he goes down a steep dirts road mooing as he goes. He later sees a caution sign and begins to freak out a little bit. He covers his eyes and begins to scream as the car continues to go. The car hits a rock and the cow begins to fly through the air ins ...more
I took a chance and added Moo! to my reference collection, sight-unseen, because I'd heard that it was a fantastic read-aloud, and the premise (there's only one word in the entire book, save one at the end). I finally got a chance to read it to a group of K-5 graders in an after school program, and they LOVED it, so I will definitely be adding it to my school visit rotation (this would probably be better for preschool, but it went over really well). The funny thing is, I really didn't think that ...more
Ashley Green
LaRochelle, D. (2013). Moo! New York: Walker Books for Young Readers.

School Library Journal, 20013


Moo! is a comical picture book that takes you on a bit of a wild joyride with an adventurous cow. This joyride inevitably ends in disaster, and the cow is forced to tell his owner about the event. The catch of the book is that it is written in only Moos and punctuation. However, I read this book out loud to a 16-month old, and even she knew what was going on. There is artistry in conveying emo
For a book that only has two words (plus a few signs), this sure has packed a lot of emotion into those two words! In this particular story a cow is happily “moo”ing when she sees the farmer put a “car for sale” sign on a little red car. The cow is excited to try out the car and takes it for a drive (up and down a lot of hills). Unfortunately the cow crashes the car on top of a policeman’s cruiser. The cow must then walk back to the farm where the farmer is waiting for yet another explanation.

Moo! (translation...Fantastic!) With a single word, this cow is able to express a huge variety of colours and meanings: peacefulness, curiosity, fear, and sulking are some. Both the pictures and the changing typography of the word convey the joy, and then the trouble this cow gets into when one day she drives off in the farmer's car. Lesson. Don't leave a car within a cow's reach. It will get wrecked, and there will be a policeman involved. The layout and angles act like a camera, changing from ...more
Gary Anderson
Moo! accomplishes exactly what I'm looking for in a read-aloud picture book. It warms up students' literacy mechanisms by spotlighting different ways to express a single word depending on context.

And it's fun! I used it by showing the pictures and flipping the pages while asking different groups of students to supply the various Moos.
Camille Ryckman
Brief summary - A cow thinks it's her lucky day when a farmer puts out a car to sell and she goes on quite an adventure.
Annotation - Using only the word "moo" and wonderful pictures this story is told in a visual manner.
Age appropriateness 0-7 year olds
Connection to six early literacy skills
Print Motivation - A fun story
Phonological awareness - use of the word "moo" and the inflection and expression of reading it helps children understand the importance of how to use expression.
Narrative Skil
A fun one-word story to show how one word can have many different meanings. A good book to pair with BALL by Mary Sullivan. I have to admit, I'm a bit confused as to how this book has a separate author and illustrator. It's a one-word story! :)
Katelyn Krigbaum
This book is about a cow who decides to take a test ride of a car the farmer is trying to sell and soon gets into trouble. The whole book is told in one word except and even though that could have been restricting it tells the story very well. It is all in the perspective of the cow and through the different sizing and shaping of the word it allows the reader to understand the meaning behind each time the word is said. Without the illustrations it would be impossible to know what is going on in ...more
High Plains Library District
If you only read one children's picture book this year, READ THIS ONE! And read it out loud with enthusiasm! There are only 6 words used to tell the story, but only two that you really need to read out loud. I promise, you will love it and so will those you are reading it to...little kids and kids at heart.

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) chose this book as the CLEL Bell Award Book for the Every Child Ready to Read practice of Talk. The illustrations are priceless and if you and your
Lenise Jones
LaRochelle, D. & Wohnoutka (2013). Moo! New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc.
Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2009 (Vol. 77, No. 8)
Picture Book Project (Wordless)
Absolutely loved Moo! and I was glad for the recommendation. This almost wordless picture book only utilized one word: moo. However, the cartoon illustrations, along with the font size and punctuation marks clearly tell the story of a cow who decides to take the farmer’s car he is selling for a joy ride. Poor Cow! The ride starts out as an
In high school I had a couple of friends in drama who went to the state finals with an "original scene" where they carried on an entire conversation using only the word "Hey!" In the scene they ran into each other at the doctor's office, hadn't seen each other in years, and were both married and pregnant. All of this conveyed by two girls with no props, using one word.

It was sheer genius.

Moo! is the picture book version of that. I was dying, DYING I tell you, reading this to my kids. My kids lov
Martiah Rall
In this nearly wordless picture book a cow realizes the farmer is selling his car and decides to take it for a test drive. Shortly into the drive the cow crashes into a police car, talks his way out of it, confronts the farmer, and blames it all on the sheep.

I found this book to be a very comical series of illustrations. Though the book only has one word, “Moo”, the emotion is heightened in the way the words are displayed on the page. When reading each page the word can be read in a different t
I wasn't sure how this would be as a read aloud, after all it uses variations on only one word, "Moo." But there are plenty of inflections indicated by the story and this one had my storytime audience in giggles, almost from the first page. The story opens with a very contended cow quietly mooing while nibbling grass...when the farmer puts his car out with a "for sale" sign, cow goes on a great adventure that involves happily driving up and down rolling hills and getting into an accident with a ...more
I just made our teen worker laugh out loud reading this to him, so you know it's good. With funny illustrations that are wonderfully expressive, the story's told extremely effectively with just two words. The book begs to be read aloud, and even with a child who knows how to read, you'll want to read it out loud to fully get across the meaning and humor of the story. Great for developing print awareness as the text is integrated into the illustration and helps give visual cues to the connotation ...more
This was a big hit at storytime today.
Amy Musser
Using just one word, “Moo!”, LaRochelle tells the story of a mischievous cow’s joy-riding adventure on the day he steals the farmer's red convertible. The cartoonish and colorful gouache paint illustrations and large text of this hilarious book will delight toddlers and preschoolers. Winner of the 2014 CLEL Bell Award for Talking, this is a fun book to share one-on-one or with a group at storytime.

Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day:
Told in just a couple of words, this picture book is one wild ride. When the farmer puts a sign up that says that his car is for sale, it catches the attention of a cow nearby. She jumps right in and starts off driving up hill and down: Moooooooooooooooo. But then disaster strikes: Moo! And she lands in trouble with the police. She tries to explain herself, but the officer just sends her back home, walking. When the farmer finds out, what is a cow to do? You will just have to see how this romp o ...more
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Jun 24, 2014 Vernon Area Public Library KIDS added it
Recommends it for: Ages 3-5
Shelves: picture-books
When the farmer puts his red car up for sale, the cow has other plans. Everyone in the country should watch out when the cow hops in and gets her hooves on the farmer’s car. This cow’s adventure is far from smooth sailing. This story uses just a handful of words with “Moo” being the most important. A great story for independent readers but would make a fun read aloud too.

Reviewed by Emily MacNiff, Youth Services Librarian, Vernon Area Public Library
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