A venturesome cow sneaks off in her farmer’s red car, with decidedly bumpy results.
Said cow, brown and white and wearing a bell, notices that the farmer’s put a “Car for Sale” sign on his vehicle. Leaping at the opportunity, she motors off on a joy ride, but the joy lasts a mere four pages. Out of control, car and cow careen off a cliff and crunch another car. A page turn reveals worse news: The crushed car is a police vehicle, and the perturbed cop’s standing nearby. The titular word is extensively employed in the text; one extremely long “Mooooooo” undulates over the hills in the wake of the car as the cow sets out, and her excuse is delivered to the policeman in a string of 28 of ’em. Ordered back to her pasture, where she encounters the farmer, the cow fingers an innocent bystander with a one-word accusation: “Baaaaa!” Wohnoutka’s cheery, cartoonish gouache pictures deliver the action accessibly enough for toddlers to enjoy, while new readers will ace the simple text and get the broad jokes.
Good barnyard fun, with nods to Mo Willems’ aspirational Pigeon and Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin’s enterprising Duck. (Picture book. 2-6)