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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,886 ratings  ·  324 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 h
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Walker Books for Young Readers (first published September 10th 2013)
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Tracy Morton
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is really cute. The cow talks throughout the book so the only word is moo. You would definitely have to use your voice for this one.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is too much fun. I read it to a few different groups of kids, and one group asked me to read it again. I think this book would go over well with older kids, even.
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 throughout 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 Chr
High Plains Library District
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, jan
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
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well, not just one word. It helps to know "car for sale" and "police." And the wonderful sly ending, (view spoiler)....Ridiculous fun. Not sure of the reread value, but if your library has it, do check it out. ...more
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Never has one word meant so much!
This one had me cracking up. Such a good story told in just one word (until the end). Great illustrations, they really enhance the story! Read for my grad school class of Lit & Resources for Children.
Milton Louie
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-children
Moo is the only word used. Except for the end. B
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really funny and cute picture book!
Ellie Simpson
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I can picture this book being a funny read aloud for young children. In fact, I'm sure they would be dying at the end if read correctly. However, the story only follows the shenanigans of one cow who gets in trouble at the end. I was hoping for a clearer message at the end, but I never felt like I received one. ...more
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, picture-books
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
Gary Anderson
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
James McIntosh Jr.
This is a children's book that us parents had fun reading as well. It uses the illustrations and creative use of just one word (well, technically two words) to tell a funny story. My 1 and a half-year-old daughter seemed to enjoy it as well, perhaps because "moo" is one of the few words she knows right now and she could repeat it. ...more
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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! :) ...more
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!!
Rachel Brooks
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lis-403-lea
Great illustrations and definitely a great read for storytime. Enjoyed that the entire book had two words. Great to teach kids about expression, feelings, and punctuation. Loved reading this out loud to add some fun. Kids will definitely be laughing at this book when read out loud!
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a big hit at storytime today.
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Loved it! What a hilarious way to model voice inflection and encourage kids to verbalize what is happening in the story..
Whitney Rachel
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is just a fun, goofy book! It would be great for storytime. Think of all of the moo intonations!
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Matt Millslagle
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book for kids that don't want to read. ...more
Lauren Machta
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is such a wonderful book for kids. My daughter LOVES it. So hilarious!
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A hilarious story told with just one word, "Moo!" Children are delighted that they can read it with you! ...more
Aug 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Definitely need to practice you "moo", but overall a fun book ...more
Are you not Entertained
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: early-readers
It's a quiet day on the farm... A little too quiet. At least it is until the cow decides to take the farmer's car for a joyride! This amusing story follows the madcap adventure of the cow's wild turn behind the wheel.

Why it's brilliant:It only uses one word - "Moo" - to tell the story which fosters expressive reading. From the hilarious "MMMOOOOOOOO!!!" as the cow takes a fast and furious jump to the frantic and hurried "Moo's" given to a police officer, the story is all conveyed by the tone and
Emily Jackson
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Moo! is a charming picture storybook about a cow who steals the farmer's car and rides around town, until getting in a crash. The cow has to go back to the farmer and own up to what happened. We see the lesson the cow has learned, all through the use of only one word, at least until the very end. The beautiful illustrations done by Mike Wohnoutka perfectly capture the excitement of the cow's day and how all the events of it ensue. They are perfect to assist in telling this story that uses so few ...more
Rana ♡
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
David LaRochelle’s picture book, “Moo!”, is a sweet story about a curious cow who goes on a joyride in his farmer’s old car. The cow goes on an amazing journey that comes crashing to an end when he runs into another car. The book is interesting in the sense that the only word present throughout the story is the word moo, until the cow ends up back at the farm after the car accident and a sheep appears and says “Baaa.” I believe that LaRochelle’s idea behind the book was to create a simple way to ...more
Sophie Kramer
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a cute children's picture book for children in pre-school or kindergarten. The illustrations were phenomenal. Although, the only word used in this book is "Moo", it was able to tell an entire story. It is about a cow who sees a car for sale, so he steals it and takes it for a drive. A police officer pulls him over for speeding and the cow tries to talk him out of pressing charges. Eventually, the police man makes the cow walk back home and his owner (the farmer) is quite upset with him. ...more
Theresa Worona
I did not like how there was only one word to describe everything that was going on in the story. as the reader, i want to know the details of what was going on inside the cows mind as he took the car and crashed it. the illustrations were good, but they needed the context to make them better. i do not think that this was a book that could get away with using only one word to make a whole plot line. just from observing the pages, i got a basic guideline of what happened, but i felt that it was n ...more
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