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Where's My Cow?

(Discworld #34.5)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  10,070 ratings  ·  348 reviews
At six o’clock every day, without fail, with no excuses, Sam Vimes must go home to read Where's My Cow?, with all the right farmyard noises, to his little boy. There are some things you have to do. It is
the most loved and chewed book in the world.

But his father wonders why it is full of moo-cows and baa-lambs when Young Sam will only ever see them cooked on a plate. He can
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Doubleday (first published 2005)
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Sinjid I don't think so, there's another page in my copy after that with Young Sam falls asleep and Sam tucks him in, sorry. …moreI don't think so, there's another page in my copy after that with Young Sam falls asleep and Sam tucks him in, sorry. (less)

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Where's My Cow? (Discworld, #34.5), Terry Pratchett

Where's My Cow? is a picture book written by Terry Pratchett and illustrated by Melvyn Grant.

It is based on a book that features in Pratchett's Discworld novel Thud!, in which Samuel Vimes reads it to his son.

Sam eventually decides that this is a daft way to look for a cow, and that Young Sam should, in any case, be getting taught about Ankh-Morpork rather than animals he will only see on a plate.

He therefore attempts to rework the story into
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it
One of the most charming elements of Terry Pratchett’s 34th Discworld novel Thud! is Sam Vimes reading Where’s My Cow? to little Sam. The Lawful Good hero allows no excuses, every day at six he reads the book to his son, and provides all of the necessary sound effects.

Where’s My Cow? was published contemporaneously as a 32 page children’s books with illustrations about the Thud! prop. So it contains scenes and pages from the Discworld novel but it is also about Vimes reading the book to the chil
Joey Woolfardis
I was going to suggest that if you didn't like Discworld you wouldn't really appreciate this, but I think that's wrong. Of course, any Discworld fan will undoubtedly find anything with Sam Vimes in it impossible to resist; he's one of my personal favourites, though I tend to imagine him younger and better looking (we're all allowed our little perks). It definitely wasn't what I was expecting, either. I was expecting a book wherein the cow was eventually found by whomsoever might have owned it, b ...more
Guy Terry
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The finest literary work of our time, "Where's My Cow?" evokes emotions we didn't even know existed. From the moment the cow vanishes to the main character's tearful reunion with his son, the reader finds themself gripped and at the edge of their seat. I must have read this book a thousand times, every day at 5 PM sharp. It wouldn't do to miss it you see.

Huw Evans
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A work of existentialist realism that surpasses criticism. If there was one book I would have to have on a desert island, it is this one. Whilst superficially targeted at children, who will not see this as anything other than the hunt for a missing bovine, every adult should take time to ponder the metaphysical message imparted on each page. By what mechanism do we identify the things around us? What is the next stage of the deductive process if there is mismatch between auditory input and memor ...more
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pratchett, 2020-reads
“The happy silence enveloped Vimes, but it couldn’t last. There was The Reading Of The Picture Book to be undertaken. That was the meaning of six o’clock.

It was the same book, every day. The pages of said book were rounded and soft where Young Sam had chewed them, but to one person in this nursery this was the book of books, the greatest story ever told. Vimes didn’t need to read it anymore. He knew it by heart.

It was called “Where’s My Cow?”

The un-identified complainant has lost their cow. That
Squiff Drake
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mr Pratchett's childrens picture book, this book is mentioned in the Discworld series as it is read every night by one of the characters to his son. If you are familiar with Terry Pratchett's work you will find all expected wit and cleverness in this book. If you are familiar with books for small children you will almost certainly recognise the type of book that is gently sent up here. If like me you are a Pratchett fan with a small person you will probably enjoy this more than many of the books ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't think you need an understanding of the Discworld to enjoy this fable, but it does help. My adult son enjoyed it with only a very superficial sense of Pratchettian fantasy. The art is a true asset, gorgeous even when illustrating 'ugly' elements, and funny entirely on its own. Would have been a great gift for Father's Day. ...more
Patricija - aparecium_libri
It was fast and fun, but too short in my opinion.
Apr 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good it makes me sad that i lost it.
Its suposta be a kiddies bedtime story but damn if i didnt enjoy it far to much.
perhaps thats one of the reasons i cant get anyone to go out with me?
This book has some beautiful illistrations.
I mean its really pretty. Its lovly and has a beautiful soft feeling that i do not see in the other babys books i have.
For instance someone would think a pink, red and white book would look soft and child friendly.
But it dosnt.
No my big french boo
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Where's My Cow" is central to the plot of Thud - it must be read to young Sam every day at six o'clock sharp, because some things are just THAT important. Fun to see the most memorable characters of Ankh-Morpork depicted, as well as Vimes making faces. The message, however, is that if you lost your cow, you probably don't live in Ankh-Morpork, and that if you mistake a sheep for a cow, you do. ...more
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

Beyond cute! It started out like the typical kiddie books but quickly became something more. How very like Vimes to tell his young son that if he lost his cow it should be reported to the City Watch haha. The part at the end when Vimes said "I arrest you in the name of the law" got me a bit misty-eyed. Excellent stuff. Every Discworld fan will enjoy this.
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Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Discworld fans with kids
This is really a book for the parents more than a book for the child. That being said there are plenty for farmyard noises for the child!

This book ties in with the adult Discworld novel Thud - which has a recurring element of the protagonist, Commander Sam Vines of the City Watch (ie the Police) reading Where's My Cow to his son, Young Sam, at 6 pm every evening. For this book to make much sense at all it would be very useful to have read Thud, or at the very least one or more of the City Watch
Jul 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
cover- I love this cover. The almost lifelike rendition of the cow and the painting like quality of the background...then that little cartoon image in the two corners...brilliant. And the stamp - approved by the librarian of Unseen University. If you've read the discworld books, you'll get it, but you haven't...see there's this series of books. In some of the books there's this University, the Unseen University. It's quite magical, because it houses not only all the wizards and sorcerers in Ankh ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I read this book out loud in a full cast of accents to my dog. It's great! I would describe it as a parody of the sometimes innocuous books out there for youngsters. While I do enjoy children's books about farmyard animals, I did appreciate the point the author made that the farmyard is not the typical experience of the majority of children. After expressing a desire to teach his son about the actual environment he will grow up in, the father adapts the text to his own experience. This brings a ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent companion to Thud!, and indeed the Discworld in general. The art in this picture book is somehow perfect for the realistic, goofy, fantastic aesthetic of the series. Theoretically this is a stand alone picture book, but I would recommend it most to people who have already enjoyed most of the Watch books. ...more
Jun 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: tiny children and enraged police officers
Shelves: humor
Rob Pearce
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Wish I could read it to the kids as a bed time story....they are a bit old for that now though
Les Wilson
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice family read
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Should have done this as an audio book, it would have been even more entertaining and fun!
Steph Hayward-bailey
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Loved the way the illustrations brought some of the characters of ankh morpork to life. Will definitely read it to my daughter.
Gail Gauthier
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I had a chance to read Where's My Cow? by the late, great Terry Pratchett recently. I ordered this book, and it arrived encased in plastic. Since I purchased it as a gift, I didn't open it. So my first reading was a bit of a surprise.

I thought it was the book Sam Vimes, head of the nightwatch of Ankh-Morpork, runs home from work each evening to read to his son. What Where's My Cow? is really about is Sam Vimes reading Where's My Cow? to his son. It is more than I expected.

Sam Vimes may be my fa
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Where's My Cow? by Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite stories of all time to read to my children at night. While I have not immersed myself in the DiscWorld series as others have, I appreciate Terry's wit and am absolutely charmed by Sam Vimes' commitment to making time for his son, young Sam, "because some things are important." The use of onomatopoeia throughout has both my son (now 10) and daughter (age 4) laughing hysterically, and I have trouble holding back my laughter as well as we "ha ...more
Being huge Pratchett fans, my husband and I had to buy this to read to our son. We like it because of the tie-in with the Discworld novels and our favorite character, Sam Vimes. This is the book he reads to his son, Young Sam, in the Night Watch books of the Discworld series.

Our son likes it, and sometimes requests it to be read to him. However, as a stand-alone picture book it is not as strong as it is if you know where it comes from. Funny and cute, but in my opinion, non-Pratchett fans won't
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
[review to follow]

After this I read: The Drowned Cities
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this, which should come as no surprise.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
if you are at all a fan of Sgt Vimes of the Watch in Ankh-Morpork you need to make sure to read this delightful picture book.

Every day Sgt. Vimes goes home at 6pm to read this book to his son. But he finds it stupid that his son is being read a book about animals he will only see on a dinner plate because they live in a city, not on a farm. So he makes up another story.

I chuckled through the book and I really liked the artwork of Melvyn Grant. If I had a kid, I would totally put this book in reg
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every day at six pm Sam Vimes reads "Where's my cow" to his son Little Sam.
It's a magical story about farm animals but his father adapts it and adjusts it to characters that Little Sam will meet in real life.
People on the streets with nefarious natures so he will be prepared for the world when he grows up.
A witty story that will appeal to adults as this ties in with his other characters and kids will also see the funny side of this as its a simplistic picture book with cute illustrations.
Dane Cobain
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautiful children’s book from the Discworld.

Eva Therese
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Consider the rating a four and three quarter star rounded up, because of the art work. I like the most of it. I mean, Sam Vimes does not look like I pictured him, but I can respect the depiction even if I don't agree with it. And it is wonderful to see Sybil being built like a brick sh*thouse the way she is in the books. But little Sam looks at best like he was drawn by a medieval monk who had never seen a baby and was just drawing a little old man and at worst like something out of a nightmare. ...more
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Born Terence David John Pratchett, Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.

Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, i

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