Author: Sharon Creech
Recommended for: I don’t recommend it
Pages: 278 p.
Call Number/Link: J FICTION CREECH, S.
Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech‘s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow. When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna—and that stubborn cow, Zora. This heartwarming story, told in a blend of poetry and prose, reveals the bonds that emerge when we let others into our lives.
I’ve been trying to force myself to read this book for about 5 weeks. I really liked Love That Dog and Granny Torrelli Makes Soup so had every expectation that I would enjoy this book too. Logically, I should have been able to finish the book in one or two evenings, but I just couldn’t bring myself to read it for more than half an hour at a time. I normally would have abandoned it after one or two attempts, but wanted to write my review about it.
I. just. can’t. finish. it. I dislike the parents too much. They “volunteered” (forced) their children to go to the home of a creepy old woman to do chores for her, even though she terrified them. The parents weren’t willing to spend time outside with the children while the children “got to” shovel cow manure, but they thought it would be fine for the children to help at the farm every day. The little boy was traumatized by having to deal with the nasty old woman, but the parents didn’t show any evidence that they cared.
There is the chance that this book will win awards, but I’m still unwilling to read it.