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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  4,856 Ratings  ·  849 Reviews
Zora was chasing us.

Mooooooooo. Mooooooooo.

When we reached the gate Luke scrambled up and over it instead of through it and I was trying to follow when Zora’s ENORMOUS   HEAD loomed up below me and bumped me into the air

When twelve-year-old Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberr
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by HarperCollins
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Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

The truth is that this book was
A M A Z I N G.
Displaced children are a common theme in a lot of
middle grade novels but this one was special.
And not just because it is Sharon
(although she really knows what she is doing)
Two children are taken out of their metropolitan setting and forced to
Adapt to a more rural one.
They are out of place, outside of their comfort zone
Yet they adapt. And they make

It all revolves around a cow. An ornery, wonderful cow that helps a girl find home, a woman find closure, a boy share a passion, and a family settle down. Fans of any Creech work, though especially Love that Dog, will love her word play and imagery in this novel in verse/vignettes.
Brandy Painter
The story here is fine. I guess. Incredibly predictable and cliché, but there's nothing terrible about it. The characters are fairly stock with little development. There is definitely emotional manipulation at the end to tug on your heartstrings and make the book feel important. Yawn. The worst thing about this book is its atrocious formatting. It is a "blank verse" poetry novel, which is often used as a blanket way of covering all sorts of linguistic sins. This could be the textbook example of ...more
Krista Regester
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
As fellow reviewers have stated : the parts written in verse were probably better left out. I think I enjoyed this more because I listened to it instead of using a hard copy. Being able to hear the hard accents used and the voice of Reena gave it a better experience.

Did I think I would hear the word dung used so many times? no.
Angela Juline
Delightful...I love Sharon Creech and I will be buying this for my elementary library.

Favorite verse from the book:

Sometimes I had to
close my eyes
to rest them from
all the new everythings
pouring in.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story about change, neighbors, and finding strength in strange places.
Reena narrates this heartwarming story about one city family's move to rural Maine. There, Reena and her brother Luke are volunteered to an old woman who owns a few animals. Not knowing what to expect from this cranky woman, Reena and Luke come to love the farm and especially the stubborn cow, Zora. As they slowly get to know the older woman, they also learn what life on a farm entails. At the end of the story Reena refl
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-caudills
It was a cute book, but not really until literally the last 45 pages. I didn't especially enjoy this one, but I'm giving it 2 stars because it was worth it in the end. So um, read this if ... well, I guess read this if you enjoy reading about steamy cow poop...
Mar 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I guess the ending was good....though it was not exactly my favorite book :(
Destinee Sutton
I wanted to like this, but I found it boring. It reminded me too much of Defiance. Both books are about a kid who meets an eccentric old lady with a cow. The old lady helps the kid see the world differently. Thanks, magical old lady! Thanks, cow!

I think the blank verse/concrete poetry/creative typography stuff will appeal to fans of, like, Geronimo Stilton? I wasn't impressed by it. It seemed somehow lazy for a writer as talented as Creech. Like, let's write "drip" like this:

d r i p

and, oh,
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in showing farm animals
3.5 stars. This was a very fast read, as it was partially written in verse. It tells the story of a 12 year old girl from the city whose family decides, almost on the spur of the moment to move to rural Maine. In that process her family befriends an eccentric old lady with a farm who lives nearby and both the girl's life, Mrs. Falala's life, and indeed the girl's whole family's life is changed as a result. It was at times, funny and touching too. If you're interested in cows as show animals, you ...more
Jenny (A Court of Six of Crows)
Again, too much random scatterings of words for me. It's a very light, easy read, but the plot just felt sort of overused by similar books and... not special, I suppose.

And now I just want to live in Maine even more and learn to speak like Zep.
Sara Grochowski
In elementary school Sharon Creech was one of my favorite authors and, to put it simply, she's still got it. MOO is a sweet story about a young girl whose family leaves the big city, relocating to Maine. Before she's even had a chance to settle in, Reena's parents have promised their grumpy, elderly neighbor that Reena and her brother will help volunteer three days a week, doing chores. Despite Reena protests, she of course comes to love the farm, her neighbor, and participating in the local fai ...more
I've been looking forward to this newest Creech novel for some time. It didn't disappoint. Beautiful writing. The format was fresh and unique. I'll be looking at cows in a whole new way.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-readers
How do you fall in love with a black and white cow? Why, read *Moo* by Sharon Creech, of course! Reena’s family dares greatly to uproot from the city to move to the countryside in Maine, where they meet an eccentric old lady named Mrs. Falala at her farm. Reena and her little brother Luke are asked to help her tend to her animals, against their free will, as she seems both odd and rude at the same time. They get to know Mrs. Falala and Zora, the stubborn, defiant cow, and unlikely friendships en ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I liked this simple novel in verse the more and more I read of it. Twelve-year-old Reena and her family move from New York City to a seaside house in Maine, and experience the culture shock/pleasures of a semi-rural and slower-paced life. They're coerced into helping an old Italian lady, Mrs. Falala, tend to the animals on her farm, and to prepare her cow, Zora, to be shown at the local fair. The relationship between Mrs. Falala and the children grows closer as they get to know each other. I lov ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a charming story and a really quick read. A "fish out of water" story with good characters, dialect, and cows. Having spent my teen years living on a dairy and hog farm, I was able to identify with the situation, and I also grew to love cows and the whole livestock-showing world. That's not the main focus of this story, though. Inter-generational relationships are not as common in our world as they used to be, and former city-dwellers recently transplanted to Maine struggle with getting ...more
Amanda  Schreiber
Sharon Creech fans will not be disappointed in this humorous & "moo-ving" story. Creech is a masterful & lyrical writer that tells the story of a family's move to Maine. They must overcome new challenges such as adapting to small town life & training of an ornery cow. Perfect middle grade read for fans of Love that Dog! I did find the story a little long & was thankful for the white-space to help break up the story!
Aryana Parmar
This book was good, but if it had been longer and explained the relationships in more detail, I think I would have liked it better. But, if you like cows and barns and weirdly formatted books, then this one's for you.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moo was not very interesting until the end. The ending was very good and full of details!
Alexis Jackson
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok

Moves quickly, very predictable. Felt more attached to Zora the cow than the other characters.
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first verse novel and I actually really liked it. It's about a girl, Reena, and her brother Luke, whose family moves to Maine from New York City. Although it's a very different style of writing, I was able to get a feel for how Reena (the protagonist) felt. Verse gives a different feel to the book and can often be more expressive and paint a more vivid picture than prose.
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a good book. but the ending is very sad.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love that cow!
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a children's book. It is probably the best book that I have read so far in my life. I went t0 my local library and the librarian picked for me. She told me the author and I shared the same interests. I was debating on whether or not to check out the book. Now I know I could read that book over and over again till I die. (hope it is no time soon) This book took 1 1/2 to finish.

This book is about a girl from New York City moving out it the county in Maine. She and her brother aren't
Stephanie (ShyNotebooks)
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, bea16
I'm not holding anything against this book. It's fine; it has a sweet message overall, but the "poetry" part of it wasn't super well done. It was almost like reading a children's picture book. Occasionally it would read normally and then all of a sudden there would be onomatopoeia and repetition and that graphic word

I know not every poetry story can be Crossover (and why the heck not omg), but I did expect for it to have some sort of semblance in terms of how beautiful and concise
Rebecca Banach
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maine is the last State Reena though she would ever live. Once, her parents asked her where she thought they should move and she yelled out Maine. It wasn't because she wanted to move there but because she couldn’t think of anything else. However, after her parents lose their jobs that is exactly where they decide to move. Reena thinks Maine is going to be about beaches and vacations not the farmland and the ramshackle houses that are her new reality. When her parents volunteer Reena and her bro ...more
Susan  Dunn
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fiction
After their family moves from busy NYC to rural Maine, Reena and her little brother Luke are able to ride their bikes all around town. Just before the farm at the end of town is Mrs. Falala's house. The elderly neighbor is struggling to keep up feeding and caring for her various animals (a cantankerous cow, a pig, a cat and a parrot), so the children's parents "volunteer" them to help her out. At first they are a little araid of the old lady - who is more than a little cantankerous herself - but ...more
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mock-newbery
I was not moved at all by the major event at the end of this book, which tells me that characterization and pulling in the reader emotionally was not done well. Although I did sympathize with Reena and am glad my parents didn't randomly sign me up to do chores for strangers.

The different fonts here and there were not necessary - they either should have been used a LOT more, or not used at all. The "poetry" was not poetic.

Stick with Love that Dog!
Scott Fillner
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love ALL things Creech, so disclaimer, there may be some reader's bias here. However, readers take risks, but they also come back to authors who are dependable for them. Sharon Creech's stories are ones I know, trust, and gravitate towards.

Moo is a delightful read. It is a simple story that is told in such a beautiful way. If you are looking for a story about growth, and what happens when you open your heart to something unknown, than this is a book you will definitely want to read.
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