Creech, Sharon Moo, 278 pgs. Joanna Cottler Books, 2016 (Harper Collins). $16.99 Content: G.
Reena and her family have left the hustle and bustle of city life and moved to Maine. While enjoying the quiet, seashore life, their parents tell an ornery neighbor lady, Mrs. Falala, that Reena and her brother Luke will help with Zora Mrs. Falala’s grumpy cow. Reena is not amused by this arrangement, but she begins to bond with the animal and adjusts to her new life in Maine.
This story is told in prose and the text is enlarged and rearranged sometimes to emphasize certain parts of the story. I liked the poetic writing style and I loved the setting of Maine. I never really understood how or why Reena liked the cow. Mrs. Falala never crossed over the likable line and her past was alluded to, but I wanted more of her story. Overall, I think young readers will be drawn to the cover and the poetry is fun to read, but the story is just so-so.
EL, MS – OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.