Denise Fleming has written and illustrated many-a-book, each one filled with vibrant colors and lots of zany characters. The Cow Who Clucked is, of course, about a cow. This cow has lost her “Moo”. She clucks instead. She sets out to find her “Moo”. She wants it back! She goes from one animal to another amidst the fields. Each animal calls out its noise letting Cow know that her “Moo” is not there, no not there either. The pattern of the few words is predictable, making a great story time read where the listeners can finish a line throughout the story.
The artwork is done by both Denise Fleming and her husband, David Powers, in bold, colorful pulp paintings and hand-cut stencils. This technique can give each picture a uniqueness as the cotton fibers (“cotton rag”) and the colors can blend together differently due to the fibers. She says there is less control in this method, but loves using it. You can read the details about this method on her website in the “About Me”section – http://www.denisefleming.com/pages/about.html
Kirkus Reviews Best Books for 2006
CCBC Choices 2007
Bank Street Best Books 2007
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2007
Reading Level: 3 – 7 Years
Denise Fleming was introduced to a variety of art in her young life and was chosen to participate in the Toledo Museum of Art classes. She had a painting published on the cover of a teacher’s magazine; from there, well, we can see it in the many books and stories she has given us. A few of Denise Fleming’s books are In the Tall, Tall Grass, Shout! Shout It Out!, Lunch, and Barnyard Banter. She won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.
Her fun website is http://www.denisefleming.com
- ISBN-13: 9780805072655
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
- Publication date: 8/8/2006
- Pages: 40
- Product dimensions: 10.21 x 10.36 (h) x 0.42 (d)
Originally reviewed by me August, 2013