Mem Fox has written over 38 books for adults and children including Possum Magic, which has sold over three million copies and is the bestselling picture book ever in Australia. Mem has been presented with many awards including an AM in the 1993 Australia Day Honours for services to the cultural life of Australia; an SA Great Award for Literature in 2001; the Prime Minister's Centenary Medal in 2003; and she was shortlisted for the Australian of the Year in 2004. She worked as an Associate Professor of Literacy Studies in the School of Education at Flinders University, South Australia for twenty-four years and is now an international literacy consultant. Mem's books with Penguin include Where is the Green Sheep?, Hunwick's Egg, A Particular Cow, Where The Giant Sleeps, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Hello Baby!, The Goblin and the Empty Chair, A Giraffe in the Bath and most recently Baby Bedtime. She lives in Adelaide, Australia. 'Mem Fox's books are like a warm blanket; they have a way of making the world seem a little cosier.' Sunday Age
A read-aloud gem, this uproarious picture book contains an absurdly appropriate plot. "Every Saturday morning, a particular cow went for a particular walk. Usually, nothing particular happened," the tale begins. But one Saturday, the cow finds herself "on the wrong side of a particular pair of bloomers," setting off a comical chaos. The bloomers drop off a clothesline, cover her eyes and cause her to tumble into a postman's mail cart. The cart rolls through a pack of dogs and a seaside wedding before careening off a pier into a sailboat that tips the hapless cow safely back to shore. In addition to her delectable use of repetition, Fox (Time for Bed) underscores the book's theme that sometimes, when one least expects it, life can take one down a different path, by using a single rhyme at the end of the spare text (the cow "tossed her tail at the summer flies,/ and went on her way without surprise"). Denton's (Night Noises) action-packed watercolors considerably amplify the book's comic delight. Throughout the cow's adventure, he includes characters that comment on what's happening. The woman whose bloomers begin the train of events shouts "Bloomin' thief!" and when the cow in the cart bursts through the decorative wedding arch, the groom says, "Holy cow." The book's slapstick-humor and verbal dexterity will delight youngsters-as will the particular idea that sometimes, even an ordinary walk can turn into something quite extraordinary. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
PreS-Gr 2-When a cow decides to take her usual Saturday constitutional, she accidentally steps through a clothesline and ends up with a pair of bloomers covering her head. Unable to see and running off in a panic, the poor bovine wreaks havoc as she falls into a postman's cart that heads down a long hill, followed by all the characters whose lives she's disrupted: the underwear's owner, the postman, some children, and a few yapping dogs. The chaos reaches a spectacularly hilarious conclusion when she crashes (literally) a wedding and flies off the end of a dock, landing in a passing boat, and the underwear blows back into its owner's hands. The cow calmly steps ashore and goes about her usual business. The story is told with a dry wit and an economy of words, and the illustrations interpret the action with panache. Denton uses the spreads to distinct advantage as his bovine heroine careens and caroms from one potential disaster to the next. The cartoon illustrations bounce with energy and are suffused with warm colors. Udders and undies combine to make this funny read-aloud a sure hit.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.