My enormous thanks to the author Peta Lemon for sending me a copy of the children’s book The Fed-Up Cow in return for an honest review
The Fed-Up Cow
Hilda is FED-UP with being a cow. Spending all day doing not much but moo. There has to be something more she can do.
So she decides to be a sheep… … then a pig … and even a chicken.
Is the grass any greener on the other side?
Join Hilda, the fed-up cow, on her voyage of self-discovery in this daft but timeless story, written in rhyme.
My Review of The Fed-Up Cow
Hilda is bored with being a cow so looks for another animal identity to transform her life.
The Fed-Up Cow is a fabulous children’s book. I loved it and am certain young children will adore it too because it is witty, engaging, colourful and there’s a jolly good story between its pages too.
There is a surprising amount to the plot for a picture book in this age range as Hilda experiments with being various animals, so that I think The Fed-Up Cow could be read several times over with young children without them getting bored.
There’s a smashing rhyme scheme and a wonderful rhythm to the writing so that reading this aloud with children would be a real pleasure. The language is simple enough for young children to begin the reading process independently with words like ‘now’ and ‘cow, and yet there is sufficient challenge in other vocabulary, like ‘chortles’, to extend children’s language as they enjoy the narrative.
I loved the plot and the humour and I thought the themes of identity, and being content with who we are, were handled so well. The idea of pretending and being someone else will appeal to all children, but enjoying what we have and who we are too is a valuable lesson to learn.
Alongside the text are superb illustrations from Maria Dasic Todoric that enhance both the story as well as the engagement and enjoyment. The illustrations add an extra educational element too as children could count the flies buzzing around the cows, or the number of pigs rolling in the dirt, for example.
I think The Fed-Up Cow has all the elements that make for a wonderful children’s book and I recommend it most highly.
About Peta Lemon
Peta Lemon is the author of beautifully illustrated children’s picture books, published under the imprint Quirky Picture Press.
Her books are always funny, written in rhyme and illustrated by Maria Dasic Todoric.
The Fed-up Cow is available now from all major retailers. Timmy on the Toilet and the Bins of Cotteridge Down are coming later in 2018.