Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow.
When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna—and that stubborn cow, Zora.
This heartwarming story, told in a blend of poetry and prose, reveals the bonds that emerge when we let others into our lives.
I had a bit of a hard time with this book. Admittedly, I don’t normally enjoy books that are written in prose/poetry style. But, I enjoyed the simplicity of this book. The pureness of this book is what makes it so good. It’s about a cow. About how young brother and sister learn to love a cow. And how an old lady softens just a bit because of these two kids. Once you get into the flow of the book it’s really good.
It’s really such a simple idea. Write a book about a cow. It’s definitely meant for young readers, 4th-6th grade. It reminded me of the old lady who swallowed the fly. Just because of all the animals this woman has roaming around her house. The whole book is one crazy adventure and then, the emotions happen at the end when the lady passes but her animals which consist of a wide range of beasts, which the cow is included, are taken care of and that’s all she wanted.
There’s not much wrong with this book. I mean..there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s for a younger audience and would make a great classroom read.
If I had a criticism I would say, the action takes a while to happen. But I think it’s just because it’s written in prose.
4 out of 4 stars.