A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
A classic case of "use your words" to express and negotiate what you need. In this case, the farm animals type out those words.
Positive Role Models
The animals stand up for themselves and express their demands calmly, directly, and reasonably. Farmer Brown thoughtfully considers their demands and responds accordingly. It's funny, but also a good model of how to settle a dispute.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is a Caldecott Honor Book that spawned numerous sequels featuring the independent-thinking barnyard animals on Farmer Brown's farm, including Dooby Dooby Moo and Duck for President. Its irreverent humor's timeless, even though today's kids may be unfamiliar with typewriter technology! Parents may need to explain the concept of going on strike, but even preschoolers know about standing up to authority and refusing to do what's expected of them. They may even learn a bit about the art of negotiation and getting what you want through give and take rather than fights and tantrums.
Is It Any Good?
CLICK, CLACK, MOO: COWS THAT TYPE is funny, clever, offbeat, silly and all around delightful. Kids will enjoy seeing those who are bossed around stand up for themselves and resist. And they'll also get a lesson in how to negotiate and get your way without throwing a tantrum. This modern classic inspired the sequels Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Dooby Dooby Moo; Thump, Quack, Moo; the Halloween-themed Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat, and Duck for President.
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