The Cow Who Jumped Over the Moon by Janvi Pawar and Anna Kabaszewska
|The Cow Who Jumped Over the Moon by Janvi Pawar and Anna Kabaszewska|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Jill Murphy|
|Summary: What if the cow who jumped over the moon got fed up with jumping over the moon? What would he do instead? Funny and accessible text and vivid illustrations make this flight of fantasy a fun bedtime read.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 32||Date: November 2015|
|External links: Author's website|
What if the cow who jumped over the Moon got fed up with jumping over the moon? I mean, wouldn't you? Jumping, jumping, jumping, every single day? And jumping over exactly the same thing, too. Especially if there was a really interesting-looking blue and green planet directly below you. You'd want to investigate some new entertainment, wouldn't you?
Well, Jooks and Anna have given the cow who jumped over the Moon exactly what it has been wanting. In this lovely little picture book, the cow heads on down to the Earth to find something different to jump over. He tries jumping over various earthbound things - Antarctica, for example - but the jumping doesn't work out quite how he intended. There are some, ahem, colourful accidents. So the cow heads back to his moon-cheese house on the Moon to get himself cleaned up. And after his moon-cheese shower, he looks into his moon-cheese mirror and sees...
... what the cow sees, you will have to buy the book to find out! But it's safe to say that it's a happy discovery.
I thought The Cow Who Jumped Over the Moon was a delightful little picture book. The premise is great - it takes a staple character from a nursery rhyme and asks a question that generations of children will have thought entirely sensible to ask. Doesn't that cow get bored jumping over that Moon every night? The book runs with possible answers to that question in a slightly wild, slightly surreal but always humorous way. And it will take its readers - parent and child alike - along with it.
The text is short and sweet, using an accessible vocabulary and some playful language. It has a good rhythm and scans well, making it both easy and a pleasure to read. This is certainly something parents will appreciate. The illustrations are gorgeous, each filling a double page spread with great energy and good use of colour. The cow's expression goes from boredom to confusion and even panic, then to relief and finally to joy. And the Moon looks very cheesy indeed, exactly as it should.
I should introduce you to the author and illustrator. What a lovely pair they are. Here, have a look. Janvi, aka Jooks, might be just a slip of a thing but she has a big imagination, can put it into words and is happy to share it, just as you'll be happy to share it with your little ones. And Anna has an equally big imagination, so she can put Jooks' words into pictures that make them come alive. I love this partnership and the book it has produced. I think you and your little ones would love it too.
You might also enjoy Bedtime Rhymes by Tony Ross, which also features the cow and the jumping and the moon. Or Bicycling to the Moon by Timo Parvela, which has a dog and a cat taking a hare and tortoise attitude towards their journey to the moon.
You can read more book reviews or buy The Cow Who Jumped Over the Moon by Janvi Pawar and Anna Kabaszewska at Amazon.co.uk
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