This cute picture book, written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin, will be greatly appreciated by little people who love animals. Especially cows. There are lots of cows in it. No fairies or princesses this time though, which makes a change.
When farmer Brown's cows get hold of a typewriter and somehow learn to type they start making demands. Specifically, they want electric blankets for cold nights in the barn. The chickens soon decide that they would like some too. When the farmer refuses to comply the animals go on strike, refusing to give him any eggs or milk. Duck is brought in to negotiate and eventually the cows agree to give the typewriter over to Duck in exchange for the blankets. Unfortunately for Farmer Brown the ducks have now also learned to type.
The simple story and onomatopoeia make this book great for reading aloud to children, and the repetition helps kids to learn to predict what is coming next and recognise certain words. The illustrations are simple watercolours which will appeal to adults and children alike. The angry chickens in particular cracked me up.
As for a moral, I suppose you could interpret it as being about the importance of providing proper conditions to your workforce. You could use it to start to explain to your kids about unions, labour laws and related concepts. Farmer Brown had better watch out out. The next thing he knows those uppity cows will be wanting the vote.
If you enjoy this one you might like Doreen Cronin's other barnyard animal books, including Giggle, Giggle, Quack , Thump, quack, Moo and Diary of A Spider.