Click, Clack, Moo,
Cows That Type

Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type
by Doreen Cronin
illustrated by Betsy Lewin

Barnyard animals unite to improve their conditions in this hilarious book. Farmer Brown is dumbfounded when his cows find a typewriter and begin airing their grievances and making demands (ie: "The barn is cold at night. We'd like some electric blankets). When their demands are not met, they go on strike, much to the dismay of poor Farmer Brown.

Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type has such a goofy premise and fun line and watercolor illustrations, it's one of those rare, we-100%-guarantee-it storytime hits! In fact, it was so popular that Cronin and Lewin have written a slew of sequel books that are equally inventive and fun!

A 2001 Caldecott Winner & Int'l Reading Assoc Children's Choice Award Winner!

Reading Levels

Interest Level: K-Gr. 2           DRA Level: 24                  Lexile: AD160L 
Grade Equivalent: 1.3          Guided Reading: M

Below are sample spreads from the beginning of this book. Betsy Lewin's illustrations are a perfect compliment to Doreen Cronin's hilarious text.

Click, Clack, Moo Lesson Ideas

Although it was probably not Cronin's intent when she wrote the book, Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type is a fun book to read when introducing letter writing in the younger grades. The animals actually do quite a nice job of including most of the key components of a letter. (For example, one letter reads: "Dear Farmer Brown, / The barn is very cold at night. We'd like some electric blankets. / Sincerely, / The Cows").

You could even build on this silly premise of Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type by having students compose pretend letters from their own pets about what they would like from their owners. [If they don't have pets, perhaps have them choose zoo animals.]

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If you love this book (you will!), check out the whole series of Click, Clack books by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.  This book started it all, and we're so glad they've kept the fun going!