Minnie & Moo: Hooves of Fire

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Animal-talent-show tale is big on wordplay, potty humor.

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Positive Messages

Minnie & Moo: Hooves of Fire offers positive messages about friendship, working together, integrity, trust, and appreciating the messiness of life.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Minnie and Moo are good friends who are honest with each other and appreciate a good adventure. Other characters are more simplistically out for themselves but act as cautionary tales; weasels and coyotes are not to be trusted, Elvis the rooster hogs the spotlight, and elsewhere, there's a lot of petty squabbling and in-fighting in an effort to win the talent contest. 

Violence & Scariness

Minor peril when porta-potties are raced downhill and when the two cows pursue coyotes in a high-speed motorcycle chase.

Language

Minor insulting language such as "moron." A couple of fat jokes, including the term "fatso." Some insulting gendered language, such as complaints about signs of aging in a female cow, as well as calling a "chick" "ugly" and "nothing to look at."

 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Minnie & Moo: Hooves of Fire features the lovable pair of cow pals who've starred in a number of picture books, early readers, and the chapter book Minnie & Moo and the Seven Wonders of the World. This chapter book is about farm animals who stage a talent show when the farmers are away. It traffics in advanced vocabulary for beginning readers, with words such as "doleful" and "laconic," and runs a bit long for a beginning chapter book. There's some mild innuendo, fat jokes, bathroom humor, and wordplay better suited for older readers.

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What's the story?

Mr. and Mrs. Farmer are on vacation, so Minnie and Moo decide to host a talent show. But from the outset, there's trouble: The coyotes and weasels are sniffing around the money, Elvis the rooster insists on hogging the show, and Minnie loses her cool when the smoldering Don Juan del Toro takes the stage. Can they pull off this annual festival, keep everything in check, and keep an eye on that money? Or will everything be ruined?

Is it any good?

MINNIE & MOO: HOOVES OF FIRE has the feel of an old-timey yarn, replete with some off-color humor, wry jokes, and lots of mayhem to keep readers entertained. But it uses some heady vocabulary and wordplay that may challenge some readers and lose others.

Porta-potties on the loose, coyotes in a money heist, and a relentless rooster named Elvis will amuse fans of the series looking for adventure and fun. However, some parents may find the fat jokes a little much, or they may prefer to read this aloud to talk through bigger words, more abstract jokes, or less appropriate material.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about talent. If your school had a talent show, what would you perform, and why?

  • Have you read other Minnie & Moo books? How does this one compare? 

  • Have you ever had a day where everything seemed to go wrong? What happened? How did you fix it?

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