Click Clack MOO! ..or Children’s Books from the Edge ..or My Daughter is Smarter Than I Thought…

Wandering through, I was looking for books for my daughter when I came across Click Clack MOO: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin.
I did not know what to expect from this book as I learned early on that I really needed to flip through the book to figure out how good it was. If it made me laugh, then I figured that my daughter would also like it too. If not, then I would pass.
The reviews on this book talked about how people did like it very much, but then they talked about how this book was a comment on society and politics and how a bunch of cows band together with hens to strike against the farmer for better working conditions.
Not knowing what to expect, I ordered the book. As soon as I got it, I flipped through it and thought to myself, “uh oh, seems a bit too complex for my kid – not sure if she will like it…”.
But I was surprised – not only did my daughter love the book but she makes me read it every time before she goes to bed! I am beginning to think that she has deeper understanding of these issues than I thought. I need to probe further – is she reacting to the plight of the cows and hens on the surface or does she understand the concept of striking against tyrannical management? Has she grasped the principles of organizational behavior and noting their skillful use by the cows and hens? Does she relate stories of the US workforce and labor unions and their historical struggle for fair treatment and working conditions?
Or does she just like the super silly illustrations? After all, she’s just 4 and a half years old….
Other truly awesome children’s books:
Perry Poops by Francis Pittau and Bernadette Gervais
My Sister Ate One Hare by Bill Grossman
My Little Sister Hugged an Ape by Bill Grossman
And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon by Janet Stevens
Hopefully soon I’ll get my books section up, and I’ll list all my favorite books there.