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Monday 22 June 2015

Review: The Cow Tripped Over the Moon

We all know the rhyme:

Hey diddle diddle
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such fun
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

What we didn't know about, until now, was the incredible story behind this event! Our brave Cow didn't just simply 'jump the moon'. Oh no! This was an epic tale of training and perseverance …

This is an absolutely hilarious picture book. The story is inventive, very clever and beautifully told. The illustrations are gorgeous, delightfully conveying the struggles of Cow and the valiant efforts of Cat, Fiddle, Dog, Dish and Spoon to support their friend.

From the early training days (Cow lifting weights, doing push-ups, being pushed up in sit-ups, and chasing a doughnut on a treadmill) right through all EIGHT moon-jump attempts, we are there with Cow, cheering her on. And despite all the obstacles (tripping over Dog, hitting a hot air balloon, totally losing her mojo, jumping the sun — ouch!), her friends never stop believing in her, and Cow keeps persevering.

Yes, these are valuable life lessons for anyone, child or adult, but it's not often that we get to learn them in such a fun format. I loved this book and so did my daughter. It's hard to pick which one of us will be reading it more!

Title: The Cow Tripped Over the Moon
Author: Tony Wilson
Illustrator: Laura Wood
Publisher: Scholastic Press, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: June 2015
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781743623534
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book