One night, while the pigs and chickens are sound asleep -- KABOOM! -- Farmer George's Moo Cow disappears! A low-down Space Cowboy has whisked her off to a galaxy far, far away. What's this sweet cow to do now, forced to become the Wild Beast Earthling Moo Cow at the Inter-Galactic Rodeo? Saddle up and get ready to ride Thacher Hurd's zany trip to Planet 246 and back!
"PreS-Gr. 2. A cow is kidnapped one night from her field by a space-alien cowboy who wants to ride her in an intergalactic rodeo on his distant home planet. At first, the cow is passive, but after the alien insults her, she dances around, wielding a red scarf like a matador, eventually giving the pesky alien a good kick. Realizing that she is more cow than they can handle, the aliens put her in a spaceship and send her whizzing back to her beloved barnyard. Hurd offers one funny picture after another, tucking collage pictures of 1950s toy robots into his colored-pencil-and-watercolor illustrations. Youngsters may recognize the exuberance of their own drawings of aliens in the renderings of this funny endeavor, with lots of subtle jokes squeezed into the simple story. --Todd Morning Copyright 2003 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Hurd's (Mama Don't Allow) pleasingly quirky tale opens on a full-bleed spread of a peaceful barnyard. But on the next spread, Hurd renders a chaotic scene: the word "Kaboom!" cuts through a jagged outline of the farm as "pigs fell over " and "chickens jumped ten feet," the outer edge surrounded by white space where the chickens fly helter skelter. By the time the farmer appears in his nightshirt, "where his Moo Cow should have been there was just a patch of burned grass." A turn of the page reveals the comical image of Moo Cow jumping over the moon? Well, yes, while tethered to the back of a space ship, having been "cownapped by a Space Cowboy named Zork." Photocollage elements re-create the galaxy on the way to Zork's farm on Planet 246, where Moo Cow becomes the featured attraction at the Inter-Galactic Rodeo for an audience of green-faced, antennaed aliens. With Zork astride her ("Giddyup!"; "Git along, little dogie!"), the cow refuses to cooperate, yet Zork's onslaught of insults spur her on to grab the fellow as her dancing partner. In a series of spot illustrations, she whirls and twirls him on two hooves before catapulting him back to his farm ("Kaboom!") and riding off into the starry night in the fellow's spaceship. Hurd's madcap art features a range of funny facial expressions-on aliens and earthlings alike-and attributes some droll asides to the disgruntled bovine traveler. Fans of farmyards and outer space will enjoy this flight of fancy. Ages 4-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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|| New York :HarperCollinsPublishers,2003
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
0060505028 (lib. bdg.)