Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, totally worn out and screaming,
"WOO HOO, what a ride!"

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Review: Cows Can't Quack by Dave Reisman

Come inside and sing,
 laugh and howl


Young listeners and early readers, ages six months to six years, will be enchanted by the bright and expressive illustrations and the rhythmic and engaging text. This companion to the highly praised Cows Can't Jump imparts a humorous and empowering tale of tolerance, respect and humility and is bound to become a beloved bedtime and storytime favorite for kids and parents alike.
Last year Cows Can't Jump (my review) came in the mail and we read it right away. My favorite three year-old thought it was fun and silly and so did I! We recently received Cows Can't Quack and the grand-kiddos declared it a success too! Author Dave Reisman and illustrator Jason A. Maas did it again with another charming book that's suitable for any age.

Each page describes what a different animal can and can't do with colorful paintings depicting the comical critters in action. Cows can't quack...but they can moo. As we were reading those lines and others we took great delight in making the animal noises and laughing at their silly antics. Even with simple text it incited conversation. When harder words like bleat and bray were used my favorite four year-old (she had a birthday!) didn't always know their meaning. But after discussing them in context and using the illustrations to help she was able to figure them out.

These books are great companion pieces since the second one introduces new animals and actions. The cow and duck are the only recurring characters and we were happy to see them again. We will be reading these often and have already shared them with the baby boy. He may be too young to understand the story but reading together is a wonderful bonding experience. We look forward to snuggling up with future books in this series.

Thank you to the author for an autographed copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Jumping Cow Press
Release date: 11/15/11
Pages: 46
Price/format: $7.99/paperback
Type: children, 3 months - 6 years
"Reading" to baby brother.
She remembered most of the book after only hearing it once!
He's impressed too!


  1. The book looks cute and the children are adorable!!

  2. This looks like a terrific kids book. Hope to read more of these in 2012 as I'm going to be a grand mother in May:)

  3. Sounds like a really lovely book. I would enter your comp but I'm in the UK, hope you get lots of entries.

  4. hee hee. My kids enjoyed this one too although I have to admit I was stumped on how to imitate some of the sounds. My 4 year old loves "screaming" like an eagle.

  5. Thos pictures of your grandkids are so darned adorable!


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