by Doreen Cronin
Another all-time favorite by Doreen Cronin, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type was Cronin’s first book (published in 2000). Cronin was attending law school when her father passed away. In the midst of her sadness, she woke up in the middle of the night and wrote down a story about cows that typed. It made her laugh, the way her father had always made her laugh. Cronin finished her law degree as Click, Clack, Moo was published and gaining popularity, sparking another career for her writing books for children.
In Click, Clack, Moo, we meet Farmer Brown who wears a straw hat and a scowl on his face. He is annoyed when he hears the cows in the barn typing, “Click, clack, MOO. Click, clack, MOO.” He is even more irritated when he sees the note that they typed and posted on the barn door, asking for electric blankets to keep warm. When Farmer Brown refuses, the cows decide there will be no more milk. When the hens go on strike, too, Farmer Brown “[gets] out his own typewriter.” The battle of words goes on until they reach a compromise (and guess who gets some blankets?). But that’s not the last you will hear from Farmer Brown and his highly intelligent animals. Many sequels have followed, including Duck for President (which was very popular during the presidential election), Dooby Dooby Moo, and most recently, Thump, Quack, Moo. The illustrations by Betsy Lewin are recognized by most kids who have loved hearing these stories read aloud.