Farm Crimes! The MOO-sterious Disappearance of Cow by Sandra Dumais

 Farm Crimes! The MOO-sterious Disappearance of Cow by Sandra Dumais. Owlkids Books, 9781771474429

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5+

Format: Hardcover

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? A peaceful day on the farm becomes a crime scene when Cow is discovered missing. There are clues, and there is Detective Billiam Van Hoof, the “worlds’s #1 goat detective,” who makes a list of observations and jumps to conclusions. Every step, from burning his scones to assuming that a crop circle in the field means that aliens have kidnapped Cow, is hilarious. All of the animals on the farm look up to him, but he is the least likely to solve the mystery.

This French-Canadian import is a winning combination of great graphic art and a funny mystery. Readers will enjoy Detective Van Hoof’s bumbling and will love pointing out the idiosyncratic details of the animals – Hen’s immediate assumption that Cow has been kidnapped, the perpetually sleeping dog, the calves’ silly clothes. This title follows up Farm Crimes! Cracking the Case of the Missing Egg but is a stand alone read. I laughed on every page of this book, and I think kids will too.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? For ages 5-9 when a funny story is what’s needed.

Who should buy this book? An essential purchase for elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: October 21, 2021

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