Books by Andy Cutbill

THE COW THAT WAS THE BEST MOO-THER by Andy Cutbill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

Marjorie, the bovine paragon of steadfast motherhood from 2008's The Cow That Laid an Egg, returns with the other denizens of her farmyard. This time, she's awakened by the farmer's wife hanging a sign announcing a beautiful baby contest—for cows only. Marjorie knows her baby Daisy has always been a special cow…ever since Daisy hatched from her egg. The farm is a-flutter as the cows prepare their calves. The farmer's wife appears to judge, but Daisy gulps down a worm dangling from the judge's hat. "A ch-ch-chicken!" sputters the farmer's wife before she faints. In the face of her cohorts' laughter, Marjorie says, "Daisy might not be like your babies...but she's mine, and I love her!"—earning her a best-mom ribbon from Derek the bull. Cutbill's sweet story of motherly devotion and interspecies adoption is pepped-up to cartoon perfection by Ayto's spiky, mixed-media collage illustrations. Plenty of goofy details will have storytimers saying, "Once Moo-re please!" (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
THE COW THAT LAID AN EGG by Andy Cutbill
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

Not since Farmer Brown's cows learned how to type has there been such an entertaining uproar in the barnyard. Marjorie the Holstein feels inferior to the other cows who can do handstands and ride bicycles. Determined to raise Marge's self-esteem, the chickens conspire to plant a black-and-white egg under her, which, while raising suspicions among the cows, brings her widespread fame. Doubts are confirmed when motherly Marge hatches a tiny feathered creature. Marge, however, has the last laugh when the new hatchling, though clearly a chicken, pronounces a loud "Moo." The blend of restrained storytelling, which treats bike-riding cows as conceivable, and the extravagantly bold, outlandish cartoon-and-collage illustrations, creates a merry farmstead farce that will tickle young audiences. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >