Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Si se puede!

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
By Doreen Cronin

Pictures by Betsy Lewin

2000, Simon and Schuster
A Caldecott Honor book

Rosie surprised me tonight by requesting this book by name, pressing its title into service as a verb:

"Mommy, I wanna Click Clack Moo."

Her emerging ability to ask for things has proved a mixed blessing, but in this case I didn't have to feign bafflement. I wanted to Click Clack Moo, too.

Our copy of this subversive picture book arrived before Rosie herself did, via a coworker at my baby shower. I liked it right away, largely for its thinly veiled socialist agenda.

For the uninitiated: A group of milk cows find an old typewriter in the barn, and use it to demand a raise (in the form of electric blankets). When management (Farmer Brown) stonewalls, they go on strike, soon enlisting support from the local Teamsters (the farm's brigade of laying hens) to increase their leverage.

In the end, not only do the workers prevail, but they manage to hand over their typewriter to the farmyard ducks. Tell the whole barn world, this is union territory!

Seriously, I'm surprised this title hasn't already landed atop some think tank's list of "Most Dangerous Story Books in America." Or gotten banned from some school library, thereby cementing its claim to greatness.

Please random outraged person, try to ban this book!

The cows held an emergency
meeting. All the animals gathered

around the barn to snoop, but none
them could understand Moo.

All night long, Farmer

Brown waited for an


cry it out! said...

How's it go? Ban a book and sell 25,000 copies easy? This is one that deserves it -- the sales, I mean.

Nice review!

Seth said...

We love this book at our house. I think I might love reading it more than the kids like hearing it. It always reminds me of "Cows With Guns"

Kate said...

Thanks for bringing this book to my attention! I've been trying to decide how old my son needs to be to understand Si, Se Puede!, and this is a great precursor.