Friday, 21 September 2012

Chilly Milly Moo by Fiona Ross (Children's, Picture book, 9/10E)

November 2012, Walker Books
32 Pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: life for a cow, what affects milk production, being different to the majority, using your own skills to help others, slight bullying, nurturing your own talents, a little humour

Summary from Walker (This is from  the earlier published hardback edition)

Milly Moo wants only one thing – to churn out the finest, loveliest, tastiest, creamiest milk. But there’s a problem – she’s far too hot. She’s too hot to make any milk at all! The other cows all make fun of her and the farmer is losing patience. Milly Moo dreams of a freezing cold land and, as the temperature drops, something very exciting happens…

Nayuleska's thoughts
Milly is a cute, conscientious cow. She takes it to hear when she can't produce milk. She struggles with being different until she finds out the best conditions for her milk to appear.

The reason this missed a perfect grade is because Milly's outfit doesn't make sense in all parts of the book. When she finds it too hot, she's still wearing her wooly hat and wellies! That makes no sense to me. I appreciate continuity but having a cow in a hat say she's hot in the sun is a no brainer, so it gets 9/10.

Suggested read
For a read where someone finds out what they should be doing, try Wanda Wallaby Finds Her Bounce by Jonathan Emmett 

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