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- TITLE: Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr. Seuss’s Book of Wonderful Noises
- WRITTEN & ILLUSTRATED BY: Dr. Seuss
- PAGES: 24
- ISBN: 9780385387125
- Available on Amazon, here.
Board books are the go-to in our family right now. With a one year old, regular books don’t stand a chance! It has the typical Dr. Seuss illustrations, big print, and is colorful – just what the toddler ordered.
Super Speedy Summary
This little gem is about the amazing Mr. Brown, who can make all kinds of noises like animals and objects that you’d commonly hear. You’ve got all the favorites, like the cow (obviously) and rooster, but also a few silly ones, like the rain. My favorite part is that there’s no real story or character development, only a summary of sounds at the end, so when my little man throws down the book and walks away on page 15, I don’t feel like I’m missing anything. Sometimes we (and by “we” I mean “me”) can even skip to the end and make all the sounds in the silliest voice possible.
When my toddler decides he wants to read a book, he really wants to read a book. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? is one of those books William can spot from halfway across a room, unearth from a pile of toys, stand with purpose and waddle over to me, drunkenly waving the book until he’s close enough to hit me with it. What can I do but read it to him…at least six times in a row. My job is not only to read to him, but find books where he’ll learn something and that I can stand to read over and over for days on end-with a smile!
Here’s what I love about Dr. Seuss: the rhymes are easy to read, but not super predictable. So you can just read it normally, or you can do it in a singsong voice. With this book, if you really want to, you can say all the noises in a funny voice, which my boy just beamed over.
For the eight millionth reading, I added some hand gestures, flapping my hands for the butterfly, or tapping my knee for the tick-tock of the clock. I tried to explain to Will what an onomatopoeia was, this book is all words that are sounds. For example, thunder goes boom, bees buzz, and cows moo. The best part is skipping to the end and reading all the sounds in order because they make their own little rhyme. In typical Dr. Seuss fashion, the pictures are a little silly. The cow is brown instead of black and white like we see in all the picture books, so I’m not sure William really got that, and I guess the bees don’t really look like bees except they’re yellow and black. But we see enough literal picture books that I can deal with some artistic license in this case.
Overall, although the book doesn’t teach William to brush his teeth or play nicely with others, it sure does make him smile, and I enjoy reading it to him again and again. And again. PS – I rotate most of our books through the local library. This way, he gets exposed to lots of books, and I get to read something new every couple of weeks.
About the Reviewer
Sarah Barford is a pianist and piano teacher in Akron, Ohio. When she’s not teaching, she’s hanging out with her one year old son, William, her husband, and her three dogs. She enjoys Star Trek, skiing, gardening, and dog agility. You can find her online piano course at Rondo Piano Lessons or follow the adventures of her dogs on Instagram @inspiredbymocha
I can completely relate to everything Sarah says with regards to her child’s favorite book. Addison is the same way about The Very Hungry Caterpillar…that is by far her favorite, and it’s actually really exciting to imagine how important this book will be to her in the future.
One thing I appreciate about Dr. Seuss in general in terms of parenting with literature, is that his works inspire creativity! They almost require your little ones to think outside the box and they dare you to be different. I recently tried to convince a friend (who wasn’t a big fan of Dr. Seuss) the value of his books, saying: I love that he made up words, I find that fascinating. It is not easy to make up a new word but it’s such a great way to practice creativity and innovation. As Sarah mentions, this book may not help you teach your child “practical” skills, but it sure does help them work their silly bones and practice a good sense of humor. If you’re looking for books with these values, consider grabbing this one:
Humor – Creativity – Rhyming
For us, those things are really important. My husband and I have a very light hearted, fun-loving relationship and we incorporate that into our family as much as possible.
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