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Minnie and Moo go to the moon




1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Pub., ©1998.
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"A Richard Jackson Book."
Two cow friends, Minnie and Moo, decide to drive the farmer's tractor all the way to the moon.


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Minnie and Moo are cows, best friends, and the drollest duo to come along since Frog and Toad. "We could do that," says Moo to Minnie, as they watch the farmer quit work and hang his hat on a nail. "Do what?" Minnie asks. "Drive that tractor," says Moo, ever the dreamer. "I have been thinking. What hoes the farmer have that we do not?" "Hands and feet," says Minnie, ever practical. "No," says Moo. "Boots and a hat." And buoyed by that undeniable logic, the two set off on a drive that they believe takes them to the moon. Other farm animals are involved--all with hilarious consequences.

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-Actors Richard Gere and Haley Joel Osment read Antoine de Saint-Exupery's book with the assistance of several other actors and actresses. A pilot stranded in the desert awakens one morning to see, standing before him, a most extraordinary little fellow, who teaches him the secret of what is really important in life. Gere reads the part of the Pilot, and Osment takes the part of the Little Prince. The reading by all the participants is accomplished with great skill and feeling. Piano and strings provide very lovely background music composed by Alexandre Stankevicius. This abridged recording of the classic book should be welcome in most library collections.-Beverly Bixler, San Antonio Public Library, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Staying out till the cows come home takes on a whole new meaning in the first of Cazet's (Never Spit on Your Shoes) spunky new chapter books, especially when it's the cows who are boogying late into the night. Minnie and Moo are best bovine pals living a comfortable life on a placid farm. One night, when the farmer throws a party, Minnie and Moo don dresses and wigs from an old trunk and make a grand, upright entrance at the humans' shindig. The hilarious denouement has the heifers escaping the advances of two burly men and rescuing a plate of hamburgers, which they mistake for the remains of their friends the Holsteins. In the second adventure, Minnie and Moo Go to the Moon, the pair take a clandestine joyride on the farmer's tractor, accelerating so high off the ground they think they've landed on the moon when they finally crash. A scene in which the cows imitate the farmer's method of cursing and kicking the tractor to get it started is laugh-out-loud funny. Cazet's snappy text contains equal parts silliness and true emotion. Minnie and Moo may not be the brightest cows in the barn, but they are loyal, caring and optimistic. The brief chapters and exuberant pencil-and-watercolor artwork on nearly every page encourage beginning readers to moo-ve along at a confidence-building pace‘udderly likeable. Ages 6-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

(Younger) In this laugh-a-minute, unbridled demolition derby of an easy reader, Minnie and Moo, the bovine Thelma and Louise, decide to take the farmer's tractor for a joyride. After they kick the tires, turn the key, and say the "magic words" ("YOU CHEESY PIECE OF JUNK! YOU BROKEN-DOWN, NO-GOOD RUSTY BUCKET OF BOLTS!"), the tractor roars into life, and Minnie and Moo wreak havoc all over the farm, crashing into the pigpen, the chicken coop, and finally the duck pond. Cazet uses many types of humor in his brief text-wordplay (as they crash into the pigpen: '"Duck,' Minnie shouted. A pig whizzed by. 'That was no duck,' shouted Moo"), slapstick (obviously), and character-driven humor (when Moo suggests that they could try driving the tractor: '"Oh, Moo, Moo,' said Minnie. 'You have been thinking again'"). In the end, they see the farmer coming and jump back into their pasture. '"Quick,' said Moo. 'Get down!' 'Eat some grass!'" said Minnie. It's pure fun from start to finish, and there's even a nod to Minarik's Little Bear: after the tractor flies into the air and crashes, making a "crater" in the ground, Minnie and Moo decide they must be on the moon. In a companion book, Minnie and Moo Go Dancing, the humor is a little off-slightly distasteful, even-as Minnie and Moo dress up in women's clothing and crash the farmer's party, only to be lusted after by the unsavory DePew brothers and offered hamburgers to eat. But the first title has no such problems; it really puts the pedal to the metal. m.v.p. From HORN BOOK, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Gr. 1^-2. Minnie and Moo are cows who keep getting ideas. In Moon, Moo decides she'd like to drive the tractor. "Oh, Moo, Moo, have you been thinking again?" Minnie asks. Well, as Moo says, it's only a small think, but it leads to big adventure as the duo get behind the wheel, drive each other crazy, and wind up (they think) on the moon. In Dancing, Moo wishes to dance. So the duo find some prom dresses, wigs, and makeup, and go to a party. Of course, things don't work out quite as expected. They're afraid a platter of hamburgers might be some friends, the Holsteins, and then they see ghosts. Although these are cleverer than most easy readers, kids may not get every humorous aside. That's okay because there is enough pure silliness to keep them giggling. Cazet knows how to milk the humor in his terrific artwork, too. Moo and Minnie dressed in their prom gear will make kids say, "Holy Cow!" --Ilene Cooper