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Meow Said the Cow

Written & Illustrated by Emma Dodd


Something's amok in the barnyard!

It's a noisy morning in the barnyard: roosters crowing, cows mooing, mice squeaking! And the farmer's cat has had enough. With a flick of his tail, the cat casts a spell and the barnyard is turned upside-down. The chickens are oinking, the sheep are barking, and the sheepog can only let out a confused "Baa?" It's not long before the animals figure out who's to blame, and before the end, the cat gets a taste of his own medicine!

Emma Dodd's bright, bold illustrations bring this farm full of very confused animals to life, and her hilarious rhyming text is sure to send young readers giggling (and mooing, and cock-a-doodle-dooing!).


Reviews and Awards

“Dodd’s rhymes bounce along blithely, combined with bold digital illustrations of alarmed-looking animals with textural fur, wool, and feathers that bleed past their thick outlines…. [T]he gag of mixed-up animal sounds will likely keep readers laughing until the cows come home.” - Publishers Weekly

“The book demands to be read aloud so children can join in the cacophony - and with this book, they will learn the meaning of the word. Even Old MacDonald will applaud this edgy addition to the canon of books about mixed-up animal sounds.” - Kirkus Reviews

“A mischievous and inexplicably magical cat, irritated by the barnyard cacophony, robs the rooster of his cock-a-doodle-doo. Soon, the rooster squeaks and the pigs cluck, as all the animals and their customary noises are switched around… [M]ixing things up… makes learning animal sounds considerably more entertaining.” - New York Times Book Review

“The rollicking text is paired with large, colorful digitally produced art that has the kinetic animals fairly popping off the spreads as they figure a way out of their dilemma. Varied perspectives keep the action going, and the text is integrated flawlessly into the art…. [Y]oung readers will appreciate the frolic and fun and the saucy cat’s comeuppance at the end.” - School Library Journal 


Purchase Options
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Summer 2011
Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0-545-31861-7
Price: $16.99/$19.99
Trim Size: 11 3/10" x 9 3/4"
Page Count: 40
Foreign Rights: Templar
Translation Rights: Templar
Rights Available? yes


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