Friday, July 01, 2011

Book Review: The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow, by Andy Griffiths (Square Fish, 2010)

Recommended for ages 4-8

Andy Griffiths knows what little boys like to read. His tween series that kicks off with The Day My Butt Went Psycho was a staple in my home when my older son was in third grade, so when I saw that he had a book for younger readers, I knew my little one, Cutie, would love it. Sure enough, the kid can't even say the title of this book without dissolving into giggles.

Griffiths is featured on the Guys Read website, author Jon Scieszka's initiative to get more boys reading. "Boys read what interests them", according to the Guys Read site - and The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow is hilarious enough to get the most reluctant reader chuckling. Written for beginning readers, there are ten stories. Exploding cows, edible cities, a mole named Noel, and a lumpy-headed guy named Fred are only some of the characters kids meet, and their stories are told in the kind of goofy rhyme that would make Dr. Seuss doff his striped hat to Griffiths. Black and white drawings illustrate every page, with simple, funny drawings that will get a laugh out of readers.

Andy Griffiths's website has articles by and about him, links to social networking sites and videos, and more information on his books, workshops and blog.

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