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Cow Says Meow (A Peep-and-See Book)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  53 reviews
A humorous picture book filled with wordplay and mixed-up onomatopoeia, Cow Says Meow features bold graphic art, silly animals, and unique cover cut-outs at the front and back.

Cow says . . . Meow!
Cat says . . . Neigh!
. . . or does it?

With bold graphic art and a punny narrator, this zany picture book is full of outrageously mixed-up animal sounds. Puns and wordplay will
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 16th 2021 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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May 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Your classic animal says “insert noise here” book... with a twist. Each page consists of an animal saying the wrong noise, a joke/pun about it being wrong and the next page is whatever the proper animal for that noise was followed by a new wrong noise.

My daughter thinks this is absolutely the high point of comedy, so obviously the book has succeeded in winning over its target audience. Personally I find it a cute idea, and while not the greatest of children’s books, it’s amusing enough. Some of
Carrie Finison
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Cow says meow. Cat says neigh. Horse says... Kids will have a blast guess which "wrong" word the animals will say next before they turn the page to find out. The main character, a little boy, gets ever more frustrated with the misbehaving animals, but his funny, punny lines play right into the fun. "I can't bear it!" he says when the horse growls like a bear. I can just imagine the giggles over this one! ...more
Laura Cooper
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
How much do I love this? Let me cow-nt the ways!
1) Punny, funny dialogue
2) Big, bold, beautiful illustrations
3) Interactive enjoyment for the whole family - you will enjoy reading this over and over with your kids!
5) A cow that meows and a dog that clucks? Need I say more?!?

I would give this 10 stars if I could!
Carol Ekster
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is precious. So funny with fantastic illustrations. Love the puns. Kids will love this book and want it read again and again!
Alexandra Donahue
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Cow Says Meow is exactly the right book for a good giggle. My two year old had a ball telling me "No!" when the animal said a sound that didn't match what she expected, and even she found the word play entertaining. Kirsti Call is masterful at writing a book that is simple enough for the youngest of readers to enjoy, in a way that is fun and entertaining for readers of all ages.

As a writer for young people, there is a lot to learn from this book! Even though it is seemingly simple, there is a y
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
MEOW-VELOUS! (MOO-velous?) I received an early copy in exchange for an honest review, and honestly? You will read this again, and again, and again, and again, and again. The silly setup, winsome wordplay, and the suspense about which animal the next animal will mimic will keep your kiddo turning pages. The colorful, bold art builds to a climax as the main character gets more and more frustrated with all the animals who say the wrong sounds. UDDERly entertaining!
David H.
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Kirsti Call has done it again! The author of such classics as Mootilda's Bad Mood has just made storytime more fun than ever. Cow Says Meow is full of delightful puns and divine silliness, not to mention a Noah's Ark of bright, bold, beautiful illustrations. Get ready to read this crazy, mixed-up, amazing picture book again and again — it's about to become one of your child's all-time favorites. ...more
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This fun book is sure to have children laughing and shouting out what each animal says, or rather, is supposed to say. The patient little boy narrator proclaims the story an udder disaster when all the animals get mixed up with their unique sounds. Bright pictures will entertain even the youngest of audiences. Great choice for a fast last-minute story time!
Cathy Ogren
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book has it all! Animals! Wordplay! Onomatopoeia! The clever text combined with the hilarious illustrations will delight children and adults alike. "Ewe" will love the silliness this book offers! ...more
Keila Dawson
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
COW SAYS MEOW is udderly hilarious! The puns, unreliable animal characters, and child interjecting his thoughts on the calamity on each spread will have kids in stitches. The illustrations are large and colorful. And each animal's expressions plus those googly eyes add to the fun! ...more
William Murphy
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Cow Says Meow is destined to be a classic. It is a fantastic picture book that is sure to make kids laugh out loud. It is chock full of perfectly placed puns and eye-catching illustrations that are sure to make it a family favorite.
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What fun! Kids will enjoy the silliness and illustrations, as well as be introduced to puns. Sure to be a favorite.
Genevieve Rossi
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! With humor that made both me and my kids laugh! The illustrations pop and made reading it to my young kids a treat. They wanted to keep reading it over and over again it was so much fun! This will definitely be our new bedtime story.
Charlotte Offsay
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Cow says Meow is a fun-filled new picture book with mixed-up animal sounds and loads of brilliant wordplay. It is sure to have your littles yelling at the pages and rolling with laughter. Complete with hilarious illustrations, this one is a storytime must-have!
Rebecca M
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully silly, clever, and fun...Cow Says Meow is perfect for story time read alouds, and the art is fantastic!
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This hilarious picture book is a must-have for storytime! Kids will guffaw at the mixed-up animal sounds and the pitch-perfect wordplay. Plus, kids will love to join in and chant along with the animal sounds! Author Kirsti Call delights readers young and old with super silly puns. And Brandon James Scott's bright, big-eyed characters are "udderly" charming. (And this book will stand up to repeated readings!) Highly recommended!
J Bates
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Young children will be entertained by the mixed-up animal sounds and, as they get older, appreciate all of the witty wordplay. 'Cow Says Meow,' which combines the talents of author Kirsti Call and Illustrator Brandon James Scott, is a book for now and later! ...more
Marti Johnson
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Zany fun! The illustrations are as fun as the pun(s). This will become a read-aloud favorite for sure!
Laura Gehl
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun read-aloud!
Wordplay master Kirsti Call has created a book with few words but much humor. Illustrations from Brandon James Scott perfectly complement the minimal text and amp up the humor still further with hilarious animal expressions.
Toddlers will crack up when each animal says the wrong sound, while older kids (and teachers) will appreciate the clever puns from the child in the book ("You're barking up the wrong tree" signifies a dog to come, while "hogwash" tells us a pig will be
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Preschoolers, early elementary kids, elementary teachers and youth librarians.
This book is an absolute hoot. I giggled as soon as I opened the front cover and saw the endpapers—Brandon James Scott's illustrations are hilarious throughout. Kristi Call's text is filled with clever puns and fun wordplay that young readers will absolutely love. I predict this will be one of those books that kids in a story time setting (or on a lap) will join in with the mixed-up animal sounds (and the child-character’s eye rolls), and then say, “Again!” as soon as the story is over. ...more
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is very fun to read to young toddlers! Every page brings a fresh animal sound joke that will have your child twittering away. The illustrations are bold and attention-grabbing. I highly recommend adding this to your family library!
Kirsti Call
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I hope people think this book is the cat's meow. I'm soooo excited for it to mooooove onto shelves soon. ...more
Carrie Charley Brown
Cow Says Meow provides an interactive reader experience for young children. We all know that the youngest kids love imitating animal sounds, so why not make them laugh, too? The animal characters are caught in mixed-up onomatopoeia, which by the looks on their faces, is even perplexing to them. Kids will love it when the narrator becomes a bit unhinged and questions who is in charge of the story. Illustrator Brandon James Scott takes a slightly meta perspective on this turn of events, turning th ...more
Christine Alemshah
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When we read 'Cow Says Meow' out loud, a special kind of magic happened. My little ones laughed wholeheartedly at the absurdity of mixed-up animal sounds. They tried telling the animals they were making the wrong sounds.

The illustrations are absolutely hilarious and kid-friendly. My daughter especially enjoyed the ‘pig who said hi.’ These animals are definitely confused. The wordplay throughout will make the parents reading along chuckle as well. I definitely recommend this book for rollicking
Hilary Margitich
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This bright and beautifully-illustrated picture book will have your youngest reader laughing their little head off with each page turn. My three-year-old and I had a rollicking good time "correcting" each animal uttering the wrong sound, reading the boy's clever and punny response, and then seeing the animal who actually does make that sound looking wide-eyed on the next page. The book captures the young child's attention from start to finish, and also allows for some fun ad lib dialogue between ...more
Sharon Giltrow
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What an udderly delightful book. So fun and full of puns :-). I enjoyed reading this book front front cover, end papers to back cover and everything in between. Reminiscent of Brown Brown Bear Brown Bear what do you see? Children will find this book irresistible and will request it to be read again and again. Especially being a peep-and-see. The illustrations are bold, colouful and funny all things needed for a great picture book. The underlying theme of being an individual and not letting peopl ...more
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In Cow Says Meow, Kirsti Call has created a book kids will adore AND at the same time will teach children what animals "really say" if they don't already know. Having animals say an unexpected sound, is funny, clever, and will grab the reader's interest immediately. A boy narrator's delightful one-liners about each animal are hilarious and lead the story from one animal to the next. The illustrations are lively and colorful and brighten the inside and back cover pages. I whole-heartedly recommen ...more
Hannah Holt
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My kids and I had fun reading this book together. They laughed at the puns and enjoyed trying to guess what each animal would say next. I like how the ending ties the whole story together. Well crafted and clever. I also like how the short phrasing will help build reading skills for young eyes following along.

This crowd pleaser is perfect for preschool or library storytime or a quick fun read at home.
Nichole Bowers
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
COW SAYS MEOW is a clever approach to animal noises in picture books! An artistic and funny blend of confusion ensues in this silly take on which sounds animals make. This picture book is a playful and creative way to teach the voices of beloved animals while engaging young minds. The illustrations are delightful and the text is simple. A book to read over and over again. My daughter and I love it!
For fans of animals and onomatopoeia, it's a must-read!
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This short, silly book will delight kiddos with its menagerie of animals who don't behave in conventional ways. Cow Says Meow empowers little listeners/readers who will be in on the jokes, and it's the kind of book likely to be immediately requested again. It's also a nifty exploration of expectations - things, and people, don't always respond in ways we expect, and there's a lot of pleasure in subverting expectations and trying new things. ...more
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Kirsti Call loves writing, reading, singing and playing with her five kids. You can find her book, The Raindrop Who Couldn't Fall, on Amazon.

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