THE COW WHO WOULDN'T COME DOWN by Paul Brett Johnson

THE COW WHO WOULDN'T COME DOWN

Age Range: 4 - 8
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Poor Miss Rosemary! Gertrude, her cow, has a mind of her own, and now she's literally up in the air, where neither threats, promises, lures, nor lassoes ensnare her. Solution: a sturdy-looking replacement--stitched together, stuffed, shod with roller skates, and dubbed ``Matilda''--so provokes Gertrude's jealousy that she comes ``down like a rocket..land[s] squarely on Matilda and mashe[s] her flat.'' Johnson, ``a well-known painter from Kentucky's Appalachian coalfields,'' tells his comical tall tale with a pleasantly brisk lilt and sets it firmly in mountain farm country, outlining the vagrant cow and her vigorous, matronly mistress in authoritative black, dappling the landscape in luminous color, and deftly varying full-page scenes with spreads and vignettes. A delightful and well-polished first performance. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-531-05481-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1993




MORE BY PAUL BRETT JOHNSON

ChildrenON TOP OF SPAGHETTI by Paul Brett Johnson
by Paul Brett Johnson
ChildrenLITTLE BUNNY FOO FOO by Paul Brett Johnson
by Paul Brett Johnson
ChildrenTHE BEST KIND OF GIFT by Kathi Appelt
by Kathi Appelt