There’s a Cow in the Road
written by Reeve Lindbergh
illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers
Hardcover ISBN 0-8037-1335-5
“Lindbergh’s ( The Day the Goose Got Loose ) breezy rhyme describes early-morning commotion just outside a girl’s window: “There’s a cow in the road! / And it sure is a shock / When I first wake up / At seven o’clock”). With just enough repetition to encourage young listeners to chime in, the verse tells how the cow is joined by a goat, then a sheep and so on until six antic animals become a “crowd in the road” and create some good-natured chaos. Pearson’s pen-and-ink and watercolor pictures both contain engaging details (toys stashed under a bed; the amazed expressions of passers-by) and chronicle droll doings not mentioned in the text (a baby in a highchair flings cereal onto the family dog; the goat nonchalantly chews the contents of an unsuspecting paperboy’s bag and later nibbles on the narrator’s homework). The result is a great deal of kid-pleasing, between-the-lines action.”
"...The cadence propels the verse like a well-oiled ticking clock, while Pearson's dancing lines and effervescent watercolors embroider the humor at every turn, from a heap of toy animals on the little girl's bed--as numerous as those outdoors--to the cheerful crowd waving goodbye at the end. A joyous, comical pacesetter for a busy morning."