Can a cow jeté and plié?
Moo Moo the cow and Mr. Quackers the duck are two good friends. When Moo Moo decides that she wants to perform ballet on stage, Mr. Quackers is doubtful. Moo Moo does not let a few disastrous rehearsal steps stand in the way of her debut. She dances into the middle of a performance as Mr. Quackers takes his seat in the audience. Alas, and not surprisingly, this is not a successful foray, as Moo Moo sails into the rafters and crash-lands on a drum in the orchestra pit. Mr. Quackers is the sole applauder in the audience. Moo Moo is not very discouraged; bedtime finds her planning her next career move (and probable sequel) as an acrobat. Miller tells and illustrates his debut story through speech bubbles and cartoon panels using “brush and ink and digital hocus-pocus.” His tutu for Moo Moo resembles cutoff overalls with a floatation device, both rendered in pale lilac. Stories of two good friends of different species abound, as do stories of wannabe ballerinas who pooh-pooh the many hours of practice, warm-up, and rehearsal that are so necessary to a performance, making this one feel superfluous.
Neither too-too funny nor too-too original. (Picture book. 3-6)