Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Sharon Creech
Publisher: Joana Cotler Boods
On a whim, Reena's parents decide to move to Maine just because she said they should. When she arrives, twelve-year-old Reena expects to have fun riding bikes, visiting beaches, and making new friends, but her parents volunteer her and her brother to help their neighbor, Mrs. Falala, with her very ornery cow, Zora, to train Zora to be in the state fair. Although Reena starts out very unwilling to do anything, she eventually learns how to control Zora and is able to enter her into the fair. She becomes good friends with some farmers and even Zora, although ornery, is very nice to be around.
This is a very charming book by Sharon Creech. Although it is about cows and farming, anyone would enjoy reading about Reena's adventures and all the trouble she goes through training a cow. This would be a good book for anyone that has moved somewhere new and is having a hard time adjusting. Creech does a wonderful job of really taking the reader into the story by playing with the text formatting and prose style. Instead of saying the thunder was loud and the lightning crashed, she uses different fonts and spreads out the letters so they span across the whole page or are falling down the page. Moo is a very engaging book and a fun one to read for anyone wanting a laugh.