Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type

by Doreen Cronin

Other authorsBetsy Lewin (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2000

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2000), Edition: Reprint, 32 pages


When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.

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LibraryThing member wendyfincher
Farmer Brown finds that he has very smart cows. He has cows that can type. Not only is he annoyed by the sound of the clicking and clacking of the typewriter, but he receives a note from the cow demanding electric blankets. When the cows and chickens go on strike Farmer Brown decides to give in to
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their request. Just when Farmer Brown thinks that he has solved his problems, he receives a typed note from the ducks demanding a diving board for the pond.
This is a level 2 book and is a great read for the children.
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LibraryThing member shaij1
Summary: This book was about cows that had found an old type writer and used it to ask for blankets. When the cows where denied their request they went on strike and got the chickens to go on strike also. The cows type up a message that says they will send the type writer with duck if the farmer
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will supply electric blankets for them and the chickens. Farmer Brown agrees. The book ends with the ducks typing demands on the type writer.

Personal thoughts: I found the book to be very funny. It is a very clever idea for a childrens book. I loved the ending!

Classroom ideas: I think the kids would love to moo along with the book and this will keep their attention on me as a teacher. Getting the kids to guess what will happen next by the pictures will help them pay attention and be creative.
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LibraryThing member Jessica24
This Caldecott Award book is about a farmer name Farmer Brown that had cows. These cows liked to type on a typewriter. The hens and the cows got cold and waned electric blankets. The cws went on a strike for milk and the hens went on a strike for eggs. The farmer and animals eventually made a deal
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that they will get electric blankets if they hand over the typewriter. Duck, who was neutral delivered the note. They agreed, but the next morning the cows typed up another note demanding a diving board.

I enjoyed this book because it was very comical. The farmer should have gotten the typewriter before he gave them their electric blankets, then they would not have been able to type another letter.

In the classroom, I would ask the children how the farmer could have handled this situation a little better and create a chart with those answers. I would also create a game to role play this story.
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LibraryThing member Rita6
This fun picture book is hilarious, children will enjoy every page. “Click, Clack, Moo” tells the story of cows that can type. The cows not only type, but they also give demands to their farmer. This fictional picture book has an entertaining repetitive form for the entire class to join in.
LibraryThing member TorrieM
This would be a book for Kindergarten and first grade. It has very bright colors and is a fun book to read. It will keep the students wondering about what will happen to the farm.
LibraryThing member eadavis83
This is a fun book to read to kids when discussing farm, farm animals, cows, or just to read in general. Children like this story because it is fun and entertaining. The book is an award winning Caldecott and is very fun to read with children. The children think it is funny that the cows type. I
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recommend this book to have in the classroom.
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LibraryThing member claseliteratura
The cows type notes to farmer Brown because they are cold.I like the pictures. I think this book is great for elementary students. I can use it to teach family words.
LibraryThing member puckrobin
Cronin's first book in this series is a brilliant and thoroughly enjoyable children's book. Brightly coloured and beautifully illustrated with the stylized whimsy of Lewin's images, Cronin makes great use of humour, onomatopoeia, and repetition to create a story that is equal parts adorable
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entertainment and political education. As odd as it may sound, I have used this and the subsequent books in the series to introduce basic political activism, political structure and notions of hierarchy and media "spin" to highschool students, and they always respond with laughter and they always use it as a jumping off point for making some strong connections to their own lives and experiences of the world around them. 5 Moooooos.
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LibraryThing member DayehSensei
A truly hilarious book where the cows on Farmer Brown's farm learn how to type their concerns (the barn is cold at night) on a typewriter. When their concerns are unanswered, the cows form a protest that inspires other animals to also type... much to the dismay of Farmer Brown. This book is
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guaranteed to bring out giggles among the PK-3 crowd and adults as well!
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LibraryThing member kyoder06
This is a great example of a modern fantasy because the animals in the story exhibit human characteristics. They use the typewriter correctly, make demands for electric blankets, can read, and go on strike. It allows the student to laugh at the sillynes of the animals and opens discussion about
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what animals are actually capable of. The setting of the story is appropriate having barn animals located on the farm. Its a good setting because there are a variety of animals including cows, ducks, pigs and hens. It is realistic in that there is a farmer there that interacts with the animals and relys on the milk and eggs they produce.

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LibraryThing member RebeccaStevens
This is a funny children's book in which the cows find an old typewriter and send Farmer Brown messages. They express their complaints and ask for electric blankets and other amenities to make their work on the farm more enjoyable. When Farmer Brown refuses to heed their communications, the animals
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go on strike. Duck is called in to help negotiate, but he has his own agenda.

This story is cleverly written, and the illustrations tell half the story themselves. Children enjoy the drawings that look like a child could have drawn and colored them with markers. The repetitive words are fun for early readers or for read-aloud experiences.

This book is a good beginner book, but it could also be a fun way to introduce children to the concept of workers organizing to present grievances and the idea of using strikes to empower workers. It is also a funny book to include in a farm lesson.
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LibraryThing member djmeyers
I loved this book and found myself laughing from beginning to end! The frustrated farmer must negotiate with the cows and chickens to get them to produce for him. The main items the cows and chickens would like to have are electric blankets! The plot escalates when the farmer refuses, causing the
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animals to go on strike and refuse to produce any milk or eggs till blankets are received! Ultimately the farmer agree to give in as long as the animals hand over the typewriter! It is a very cute story using the typical union approach to 'cutting a deal with the boss'. The illustrations perfectly complemented the story . I loved the expressiveness of the animals and obvious visual frustration of the poor farmer. The movement and emotion in this book could really be felt by the reader. I can see why it received the Caldecott Honor.
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LibraryThing member vnwender
This book is hillarious. It is about animals on a farm who want electric blankets. The cows start typing farmer brown notes on the typewriter saying that they will not produce milk and the chickens wont lay eggs. Farmer Brown is shocked at these letters. The cows are literate!
LibraryThing member allawishus
This is a supercute, funny story about cows that start using a typewriter to communicate with their farmer. It'd be great for storytime because of the repetitive "Click clack moo" and the opportunity to do funny cow noises. The twist at the end will really make the audience laugh.

I liked the
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watercolor illustrations and the cow's round, vacant, yet somehow worried eyes.

Typewriters are so old-fashioned these days it does make me wonder if this joke is too outmoded. But it's still a very cute story! (For an update, maybe the cows could find an iPhone and start texting poor Farmer Brown -BRNG US FUD K THX.)
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LibraryThing member sakumoto
Summary: Click, Clack, Moo is a humorous story about a farmer negotiating with his demanding animals. The Cows have learned to type and use their new skill to their advantage. They refuse to produce any milk until they get some electric blankets to keep them warm in the cold barn. Soon the chickens
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get involved, and they go on strike too! Farmer Brown cannot run his farm without milk and eggs, so he finally gives in to the demands of the cows and the chickens. He thinks he’s in the clear, but then the ducks begin making their own demands. Will the Farmer ever get his animals under control?
This story is hilarious and a must read for young kids. The repetitious lines and sentence structures are great for beginning readers.

This book can be used as a mentor text to teach student how to write letters. The cows and the farmer write letters back and forth to each other, and this could be a great activity for kids. This could also be used as a mentor text to teach persuasive writing. Students can write persuasive letters to each other.
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LibraryThing member karawaller
This is a book about cows typing a letter to Farmer Brown asking him for electric blankets for them and the hens. Farmer Brown refuses, so the cows and hens go on strike and don’t give him eggs or milk. They then type a note saying type writer for electric blankets and the farmer agrees. The duck
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was going to exchange the items, but instead the duck keeps the type writer and types Farmer Brown a letter saying the pond needs a diving board.

I have never seen or read this book. I’m 22 and I thought this was a very interesting book. I actually laughed a little while reading this book. Also, the pictures were wonderful to look at.

While reading this book, I wouldd get the children involved by saying “click, clack, moo” with me. We could also do something like write a letter saying what each child would like to have.
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LibraryThing member Lakapp
“Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type” written by Doreen Cronin is a story about the relationship between the farmer and the animals on his farm. The cows on Farmer Brown’s farm discovered a type writer and started demanding things from their owner. Farmer Brown refused to meet the animal’s
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request, resulting in a strike. By the end of the story, Farmer Brown was so fed up that he met the cow’s requests; once the other animals witnessed the cow’s actions, they decided to take advantage of their owner as well. This is a great story that is best suited for Kindergarten to third grade students.
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LibraryThing member mercedesromero
This book is very entertaining for children! They will enjoy reading the "Moo!" in the book as well as the story itself. This is an excellent book for lower level readers and those beginning to read. It is an excellent example of fantasy as well.
LibraryThing member laurakurtz
In this funny and inspiring book, cows learn to type on an old typewriter. They demand electric blankets for themselves, and later for the chickens. They go on strike to get what they want, using the typewriter to communicate all their aims. They finally succeed, and agree to give back the
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typewriter in exchange for the blankets. But then, the ducks get the typewriter and demand a diving board....
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LibraryThing member JackieHancox
This story of typing cows on strike for electric blankets is absolutely hilarious and will have readers of all ages laughing. The beautiful watercolour illustrations that are outlined in black help accentuate the facial expressions and feelings of the animals and Farmer Brown and are just as
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amusing as the story itself. I love this book!
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LibraryThing member EmilyTurk
"Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type," written by Doreen Cronin with illustrations by Betsy Lewin is a humorous story about a farmer's cows who learn how to use the discarded typewriter to inform the farmer of their demands. They insist it is too cold in the barn and demand electric blankets. Each
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time they write a new note to the farmer the text reads, "Click, Clack, Moo! Click, Clack, Moo!, Clickety Clack, Moo!" This list of demands continues onto hens who refuse to give milk or eggs until the blankets are obtained. The ducks, a neutral party run messages back and forth until the farmer agrees to give the blankets in exchange for the typewriter. The strike a deal, but instead the ducks keep the typewriter to write their demands for a diving board.
This is a humorous text that would be great to use if introducing pattern books to a group of students. It also has elements of fantasy, which lend it to a discussion of fantasy as well. As a Caldecott Honor Book, the illustrations bring the story to life and creates a great synergy with the text.
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LibraryThing member lwmasters
A very entertaining story about a herd of cows who get a hold of an old typewriter. They began leaving notes for Farmer Brown demanding electric blankets. Farmer Brown refuses to give them electric blankets so the cows began keeping things from him. Other farm animals get involved and Farmer Brown
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finally gives in. My music teacher actually read this book to our class. It would be a great way to incorporate music into a regular classroom. Much of the book can be read in a tune. Great, great, great story!
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LibraryThing member Molly2Faith
This is a funny book about cows and hens who are cold at night and want electric blankets to keep them warm. The cows use a typewriter to write Farmer a message asking for the blankets. The farmer thinks it is outrageous and says no, so the cows go on strike and do not offer any milk. Duck brings
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an ultimatum and gives the story a funny ending. This book is good to engage the class in guessing what will happen next.
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LibraryThing member menaramore
This story is about a group of cows who learn to type. The farmer hears nioses coming from the barn one day that are a little strange. Then, a few days later, he gets a note from the cows demanding electric blankets. Eventually, the cows go on strike and lead the other animals into a rebellion for
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better work and play environments in the barn. Throughout the book, it gives phrases like click clack moo, and quack quack click. This is a great book to read to a class for entertainment and if you want a book that involves noises. I have also heard this book being sung to a made up tune. That would be great for an intergrated music lesson.
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LibraryThing member janetvisser
"Click, Clack, Moo" is the goofy and engaging story about Farmer Brown and the labor dispute he has with his unruly animals. Cows that type, hens on strike, and duck (the neutral party), together with a farmer who doesn't find anything unusual about his herd writing notes demanding electric
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blankets make for a crazy, entertaining book. Even better, it is clear from the ending that while Farmer Brown thinks he has solved the problem for good, his troubles are just beginning.The cartoon-like illustrations add to the story and the facial expressions of the animals are especially entertaining.

"Click, Clack, Moo", Doreen Cronin's first book, has won numerous awards and was named a Caldecott Honor Book in 2001. It also appeared on many "Best Books" and recommended reading lists in 2001 and 2002 when it was first published. Author Doreen Cronin has published 17 children's books to date and continues to write from her home in New York.
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Caldecott Medal (Honor Book — 2001)
Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee — Picture Book — 2003)
Monarch Award (Nominee — 2005)
Utah Beehive Book Award (Nominee — Children's Picture — 2002)
Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — Grades K-2 — 2003)
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award (Nominee — Grades K-3 — 2002)
Red Clover Book Award (Nominee — 2002)
Buckeye Children's & Teen Book Award (Nominee — Grades K-2 — 2003)
Buckaroo Book Award (Nominee — 2002)
Indies Choice Book Award (Honor Book — 2001)
Grand Canyon Reader Award (Nominee — Picture Books — 2002)
Charlotte Zolotow Award (Highly Commended Title — 2001)
Golden Archer Award (Nominee — Primary — 2002)
Treasure State Award (Nominee — 2002)
Charlotte Award (Winner — 2002)
Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Nominee — Picture Books — 2002)
Flicker Tale Award (Nominee — Picture Books — 2002)
3 Apples Book Award (Winner — Young Readers — 2014)
Irma Black Award (Contender — 2001)
Show Me Readers Award (Nominee — 2003)




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