It’s a perfect day for the First Annual Hoot, Holler, and Moo Talent Festival. The sun is shining in a warm autumn sky and the stage is set. Mr. and Mrs. Farmer are away on vacation, Minnie and Moo are dressed in their togas, Elvis has his bagpipe, the hyenas their jokes, the fox his magic tricks, the sheep a protest poem, and the cash box is stuffed with money from ticket sales. A perfect day. Wait a minute . . . Where is the cash box? Why are those coyotes on motorcycles? And who pushed those Porta Potties down the hill?
“In an extremely belated second chapter-book–length outing, Cazet’s bovine best buds kick up their heels in Red Tractor Farm’s “First Annual Hoot, Holler, and Moo Talent Festival.”
From the outset, it’s a struggle to keep the audience and the scheduled performers in line—both groups being a mix of domesticated or thoroughly undomesticated sheep, chickens, wolves and weasels (plus Irene the rhino and a few four-legged vacationers from “Africa World”). Unsurprisingly, a steady string of minor disasters keeps things fizzing. A chorus of overexcited chickens lets loose a barrage of eggs (“Geeze Louize, girls!…Couldn’t you use precautions?”); an impromptu port-a-potty race breaks out during intermission; the crowd enjoys much amateur poetry (“Getting milked / I find quite pleasin’. / I think it’s the way / They does the squeezin’ ”), and the money box repeatedly disappears. Despite all this, the two redoubtable ruminants carry the day to a weary but triumphant close. As in Minnie & Moo and the Seven Wonders of the World (2003), Cazet rolls out a tale equally rich in urbane innuendo and slapstick hilarity, cast in well-spaced lines of fluent prose and illuminated with lots of comical monochromatic ink-and-wash views that feature expressively posed animals in casual human dress or, in aptly named Elvis the rooster’s case, a “white luminescent jumpsuit.”
Another romp with nary a dull nor serious moment; welcome back, girls. (Illustrated fiction. 9-11)” ~Starred Kirkus Review: Posted Online: March 14, Kirkus Review Issue April 1st
Reading Minnie & Moo: Hooves of Fire and watching my 6 year old giggle with delight is the most rewarding end to my day! ~ Angela M, PGW Sales & Marketing Assistant
Minnie and Moo: Hooves of Fire Denys Cazet
Minnie and Moo are beloved characters in an early reader series of twelve titles. They’ve been encouraging children to read on their own for many years. The first Minnie and Moo middle-grade title appeared in 2003 to great acclaim.
School Library Journal wrote:
“Loaded with silly fun, droll illustrations of varying sizes, and familiar farmyard “characters,” this latest dose of bovine antics, in its expansive new format, is sure to please old friends and make new ones.”
Kirkus gave the chapter book Minnie and Moo a starred review and it was a nominee for the Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award.
Denys Cazet is the author and illustrator of more than 50 picture books for children, including Never Spit On Your Shoes, winner of the California Young Reader Medal. An elementary school teacher for 25 years, he lives in the foothills of the Napa Valley.