April 19, 2018

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Moo by Sharon Creech | SLJ Audio Review

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redstarCREECH, Sharon. Moo. 2 CDs. 2:32 hrs. HarperCollins. Nov. 2016. $19.99. ISBN 9781470853624. 1 MP3-CD; digital download.

AU-Creech-MooGr 4-6 –Twelve-year-old Reena’s outburst during a family conversation about parental careers, geography, and the future “ten years from now” catapults the family from a city of monuments, subways, and museums and lands them in rural Maine. Her expectations of her new home include lobsters, blueberries, beaches, and mountains, but what she and her seven-year-old brother Luke get most familiar with is Zora, an ornery cow. Thanks to their parents, who have volunteered the kids’ manual labor to their new neighbor Mrs. Falala (who just might be as cantankerous as her bovine resident), Reena and Luke have quite the “moo-ving” experience. With appealing, youthful charm, Brittany Pressley voices Creech’s latest, finding a gentle, welcoming rhythm between the prose and verse of this hybrid text. VERDICT Who doesn’t love a happy-ever-after story starring kids and unpredictable animals? Creech fans and newbies alike will eagerly embrace this irresistible read.–Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon, Washington, DC

This review was published in the School Library Journal January 2017 issue.