Perfect Picture Books Friday – Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

Today is Friday and time for my post for Perfect Picture Books.  This week I chose:


Title:  Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

Author:  Doreen Cronin Illustrator:  Betsy Lewin Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2000

Ages:  3 to 7

Themes/Topics : animals, perseverance, teamwork, getting along with others, humor

Opening:  Farmer Brown has a problem.  His cows like to type.  All day long he hears… Click, clack, moo.  Click, clack, moo.  Click, clack, moo.

Brief Synopsis: Farmer Brown has his hands full when his cows deliver him an ultimatum.  Their demand? Electric blankets or no milk!  When Farmer Brown refuses their request, the cows retaliate.  And then the chickens join in! With the aid of a “neutral” duck, Farmer Brown and the cows/chickens go back and forth.  The farm animals vs. the stubborn farmer is a hilarious tale of compromising and  the art of peaceful protesting.


PBS Kids:  Online Teaching unit – includes lesson guide, learning objectives, and teaching strategies.

Simon & Schuster:  Activity sheet (.pdf) to print out

Why I like this book:  I really like the humor in this book.  The author did a very good job of clever words and repetition to keep young children entertained.  The illustrations are bright and full of emotion.  The funny looks on the animals’ faces are hilarious.  The book really illustrates the way of peaceful protesting.  In today’s world, we have many occurrences of this in our everyday adult life.  Books like Click, Clack, Moo:  Cows That Type help to give children a better understanding of compromise and working together to get results. I really like this message that it sends.  It’s an important lesson that many of us adults could be reminded of.

This book won the Caldecott Honor in 2001.

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.

22 Responses to Perfect Picture Books Friday – Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
  1. This book sounds VERY funny. Cows AND chickens making demands! This is now on my to be read list!

    • That’s great Erik! Yes, it is a fun read. You will enjoy it!

  2. Love your selection Loni. It sounds like a fun book with a powerful message for children about peaceful conflict resolution. We need more books like this for kids.

  3. I think I’ve read this… but the very fact that I’m not sure means I need to read it again! (In fact, even if I was absolutely sure I’d read it, I think I’d need to read it again.)

    Thanks, Loni!

    • You’re welcome 🙂 It’s definitely worth a second read.

    • I’m the same, it’s so familiar but I’ve forgotten. Library here I come.

  4. Oh, I LOVE Click Clack Moo! So glad you added it to the list! What a great choice 🙂

  5. One of my all time favorite picture books, but I haven’t read it in a while. Thanks for the reminder.

  6. Joanne May

    Thank you for visiting my blog. It is lovely to meet you and see your wonderful illustrations here! 😉
    Happy New Year!
    Best wishes,
    Jo May.

    • You’re welcome Jo May. Thanks for the nice compliment. It’s lovely to meet you too!

  7. Loni I wish you a most wonderful 2012 ahead! Happy new year to you!

    • Thanks so much Shirley!

  8. Hey there Loni,
    Wishing you all the joy and laughter your heart can hold for a fresh New Year! Thanks so much for your friendship and encouragement. Wishing you many book contracts and more expression!

    • Thank you Vanessa! You are sweet. I wish the same for you! Thanks for coming by my blog.

  9. oh this book looks like so much fun!!! I love cows!!!!

    • Hi Diana, it is fun! And yes, there are lots of cows! You will love it! My favorite was the duck. 🙂 Thanks for leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

  10. Love this book! Kids have fun reading it as a Reader’s Theater as well. I will be checking back to see more Perfect Picture Books. I’m also going to send your blog to my niece, who is interested in possibly illustrating. :)MaryHelen

    • That’s great MaryHelen! Oh thank you for passing on my blog. Most appreciated! Thanks for the comment.