The title's assertion is a perfect set-up for a small boy to prove otherwise, in this merry tale of self-fulfilling prophecy...

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COWS CAN'T FLY

The title's assertion is a perfect set-up for a small boy to prove otherwise, in this merry tale of self-fulfilling prophecy from Milgrim (Dog Brain, 1996). The nameless protagonist narrates: ""Cows can't fly,/but I don't care. One day I drew/some in the air!"" The round-headed boy creates a crayon picture of rapturous cows soaring through the sky. His bespectacled, suspenders-wearing father is appropriately nay-saying, but a breeze takes the picture into the air; it lands among real cows, who study the drawing and take flight. With unusual perspectives and stylized rounded forms, the scenes are highly entertaining; no adults will look into the air, a fact that draws readers into a gleeful conspiracy with the boy, who takes the experiment further. He's seen in the last spread staring at an array of zoo animals, a drawing pad under his arm.

Pub Date: May 1, 1998

ISBN: 0140567216

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1998