Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Kid Lit Blog Hop #24: Another Post Office Book Review He He...

Welcome back to the Kid Lit Blog Hop #24

Today, we have another #POST OFFICE BOOK REVIEW

( I know, I know, my crowd of now 4 followers are cheering)

We have only just come back from our busy week in Brisbane and are a touch tired with all our socialising and attending the Brisbane writers festival and meeting a real Aussie agent, ha ha, I digress, and of course, we have another absolute jem from our budget booksellers.

The Best Cow In Show
by Andy Cutbill and Russell Ayto

Description From Amazon:

Hilarious sequel to The Cow That Laid an Egg Marjorie the cow is terribly excited. She's going to enter her daughter, Daisy, in the Baby Cow Contest. Daisy has been a very special cow ever since the day that she surprised everyone by hatching out of an egg! Marjorie feels sure that Daisy will win, hooves down. But the other mothers are starting to talk! Daisy isn't quite like the other babies; she's small and feathery, and she can't even chew the cud yet. Is there something Marjorie should know? There are plenty of surprises in store for Marjorie the cow in this hilarious follow-up to 'The Cow That Laid an Egg', introducing handsome new character, Derek the bull!

Our Review:
Once again the toddler is drawn into another great book with awesome illustrator Russell Ayto. We became a fan after reading another book he illustrated, "The Love Bugs". The bright blue cover, with a bunch of cows on it were a hit. Funnily, this is the second book we have read with a cow named Marg or Margorie, clearly a very popular name in the paddock. He He.

Gigi's favourite line:
"One morning Marjorie the cow woke with a jolt, bang bang."
The farmers wife was putting up a poster for a baby contest and all the mother cows are going to enter their babies.
Marjorie knew that Daisy was special the moment she hatched from an egg. The illustrations on this page are hilarious as we see news clippings of the momentous occasion. Until now we didn't realise this was actually the sequel, he he. So all the mummy cows start teaching their babies to swish their tales and trot around the paddock but poor Marjorie can't get Daisy to pay attention.  For some reason she is too busy with the chickens.
The time arrives for the Farmers wife to judge. When she reaches Daisy, something very unfortunate happens. Daisy spies a worms, wiggling in the Farmer's wife's hat which she promptly gulps down. All of a sudden, the Farmers wife realises that Daisy is in fact, A CHICKEN.
Well, all the mummy cows are in hysterics, but Marjorie is not perturbed. She knows that Daisy is not like the other babies, but she is Marjorie's and she loves her.
Enter Derek the Bull who saves the day, by slapping a ribbon on Marjorie, proclaiming she is the best mummy cow in show.

I just love this book, not just because of the illustrations but for the quirky and simple message. We may not all conform to the worlds standards of what is beautiful, but with awesome mothers like Marjorie, we can find our place in the world. Well, maybe it isn't that deep, but that is how I am going to portray it to Gigi.

We give it 5 hand prints of toddler approval.

Happy hopping folks

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  1. That is a profound message in a children's book! It looks like a great read and even more so a great conversation starter. I am definitely getting my hands on this one! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I think you will love it Reshama, very cute. I don't know if its in print at the moment though lol, I got it at our Bargain books store, hurrahhh

  2. Thanks for hosting and for the wonderful review. I'll be looking for The Best Cow in Show!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Jeanette, we love it, every day is a best cow in show day, hurrahhh

  3. It sounds adorable! Just the right amount of absurdity to keep the message from weighting it down.

  4. When I saw that book cover I just KNEW it was a post office book! lol This book totally sounds quirky and fun! Really, it's just a matter of time before people discover these post office books and then you'll have like, 3,000,000 fans/followers. Just you wait! Thanks for linking your lovely review in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. :)

  5. Love it. I wish I had your Post Office :)

  6. I've had to pin it as it looks like one to get

  7. It sounds whimsical and you're right it is a good message to share (starting when the kiddos are young). Thank you for hosting the hop.

  8. This books sounds perfect for our family. What a great post office you have. I love the message. I'm with Renee - soon enough the post office book reviews will be the hit of everyone's hop. :)

    Thanks for hosting again!

  9. Interesting book. NIce review. What is a post office book review? I've heard this term before.

    1. LOL Sue, my post office has cheap kids books. Some a great, some are interesting. Renee and I were joking get to 100 links I would have to review a book from the post office, and there it grew to my fan base of 4. LOL,