Thursday, 4 November 2010

The Best Cow in Show

The Best Cow in Show

Written by Andy Cutbill

Illustrated by Russell Ayto

Published by HarperCollins Children's Books

This is a very strange book and coming at it without knowing about its prequel, "The Cow that Laid an Egg" was probably not the best way round to do things, but Charlotte's eye was caught by the bold and zany illustrations so we ended up taking this home. 

Marjorie the Cow has a daughter named Daisy. Most cows' offspring are, well, they're cows but Daisy is incredibly special as you'll find out during the course of this book. 

It's a madcap "Cutest Baby Cow" competition that brings matters to a head down at the farm, and with Derek the Handsome Bull on hand to oversee proceedings, Marjorie's life certainly gets a lot more interesting as a result. 

Russell Ayto's illustrations are excellent, like an insane cross between a Polish cartoon series and Ren and Stimpy.

Charlotte's best bit: Baby bull chasing the farmer's wife around

Daddy's favourite bit: Derek the Bull and his rather fetching nose ring

Rating: 4 out of 5