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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

The Cow Said BOO!

by (author) Lana Button

illustrated by Alice Carter

Pajama Press Inc.
Initial publish date
Aug 2022
Humorous Stories, Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries, Halloween, Farm Animals
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2021
    List Price
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 2


Parents Magazine Parents® Approved! A stuffed-up cow, a rogue bedsheet, and a chantable silly refrain. A quintessential read-aloud for a lively story time, now available in board book format.

Poor cow woke up with such a bad cold that every “moo” comes out as “boo!” When she stumbles into a sheet hanging from the clothesline, her barnyard friends mistake her for a spooky ghost and run away. But the cow is able to bravely turn this misunderstanding to her advantage when a truly scary intruder arrives at the farm. . .

In The Cow Said BOO!, author Lana Button delivers a silly read-aloud for a not-so-spooky Halloween, or any time of the year. Written in playful rhyme that will shine at an interactive story time, the text includes a repeated refrain that will have listeners chiming in with many an exuberant, “The cow said, BOO!” Watercolor illustrations by Alice Carter catch both the eye and the heart with their humor and energy. Closing scenes of the animal friends nursing the cow back to health bring a tender lull to riotous story time—until a final twist dissolves the peace in giggles once again.

Don’t miss the closing spread with illustrated hand- (and paw!) washing instructions for chasing away colds.

About the authors

Lana Button is an early childhood educator and a children’s author, educator, and entertainer who is passionate about supporting and encouraging children through entertainment. Lana began writing following a career in television and theatre. Her books, including Willow Finds a Way, have been shortlisted for the Blue Spruce Award, The Shining Willow Award, the Jean Throop IODE Award, the Rainforest of Reading Award, and more. Her most recent book, The Cow Said Boo, was a Parents Approved book. Lana lives in Burlington, Ontario.

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Alice Carter is an artist, illustrator, and storyteller with a passion for sharing her whimsical imagination. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design who now works with clients from all over the world, Alice is inspired by people watching, music, and every animal she comes across. Her picture books include Angus All Aglow, the Pierre & Paul stories, Our New Kittens, My Puppy Patch, and Teaching Mrs. Muddle. Alice lives in Ottawa, Ontario.


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  • Commended, CCBC Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Nominated, W. Cook Elementary Reader’s Choice Awards
  • Short-listed, Parent Magazine Parents Approved Selection
  • Short-listed, CBC Books "41 Canadian Picture books to watch for in fall 2021"

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Cow Said BOO!

2021 Parent Magazine Parents Approved Selection

2022 W. Cook Elementary Reader’s Choice Awards Nominee

2021 CBC Books "41 Canadian Picture books to watch for in fall 2021" Selection

2022 CCBC Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens Selection

2021 Open Book “Read Local – Ottawa” Selection

2022 The Children’s Book Council “September: Hot Off the Press” Feature

“Button’s rhyming text hits at just the right pace, encouraging participation from little readers. Kids will love being in on the joke that the cow isn’t really a ghost…An infectious seasonal read-aloud.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The rhyming text and repeated refrain are sure to engage the smallest readers and listeners. Bright, energetic watercolors show all the action and some of the funny contrasts in the story. A terrific story time read-aloud, this works for Halloween events or any time of year.”—School Library Journal

“This book will have youngsters asking for it to be read over and over, but it’s so much fun, adults won’t mind at all.”—Seattle Book Review

“Rhyming text and a repeated refrain swoop kids into the silly antics. The kindness that the cow receives from her pals and how she pays it forward is the real treat.”—Parents Magazine

“This is a cute story for teaching hygiene to little ones. The plentiful pumpkins and autumn leaves make this a good choice for a not-so-scary Halloween read aloud.”—Youth Services Book Review

“A good storytime choice for very young ones at Halloween and/or Autumn time. The rhyming text and repeated refrain are engaging.”—Katrina Yurenka, Youth Services Book Review

“[A] fun farm romp when poor cow catches a cold and can’t say ‘Moo!’ but says ‘Boo!’ instead… A nonfiction back page talks about washing hands to prevent colds.”—The International Educator

Silly and cute, THE COW SAID BOO! is a light-hearted picture book with Halloween flair.”—YA Books Central

This simple story begs to be read aloud with gusto and presents a great opportunity for teachers and parents to encourage active participation from youthful listeners.”—CM Magazine

“This boisterously fun picture book offers plenty of wordplay and a healthy dose of humor… Perfect for reading aloud, there are many opportunities for active participation, including a review of handwashing hygiene on the endpapers…”—Canadian Children’s Book Centre

“Lana Button gives us a story in which a difficulty becomes a blessing, reminding young readers that face-value is just that.”—CanLit for Little Canadians

“[T]he perfect silly-fun for Halloween!”—@jmebills

“This not so spooky tale makes for a fun festive read.”—Little Bookworm Club

“Lana Button has masterfully created a funny, fall story perfect for our youngest readers. Preschoolers will LOVE this story and teachers and ECEs will have a blast reading it.”—Storytime with Stephanie

“I love the story & how the end papers help kids “scare away colds” with the cutest hand-washing instructions ever… A perfect read-aloud, but probably not at bedtime because there will be far too much giggling!”—Sheryl Books

“This playful picture book tells a story of the day a cow had a cold so bad that her "moo" came out as "boo."”—The Kid Lit Mama

“[E]nergetic and fun, with a delightful refrain (perfect for chanting)…bustling, sweet illustrations that make the picture book terrific read aloud material. Perfect for Halloween or seasonal fall reading, or for readers looking for a giggly, endearing and rhyming story…”—Fab Book Reviews

“The illustrations really bring the story to life and show the personalities of the animals. A fun and lighthearted read about a group of friends.”—Canadian Bookworm

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