Summer is here and we are all enjoying the summer sun and heat, that is all except Farmer Joni and his farmyard animals. When a storm blows the roof off Farmer Joni’s barn the cows, Celery and Nutmeg, and other farm animals want to help. They decide that the best way to raise money to get it fixed is with their singing. They love singing and often entertain Farmer Joni with it. Enter The MOOsic Makers by Heather Pindar (author of Froggy Day and Shampooch) and illustrated by Barbara Bakos.
The MOOsic Makers are Celery and Nugmeg, 2 farmyard cows, who love their MOO-grass music.
Mr Smarm, a con-man music agent, hears their MOOsic and tells them that to make more money they need to switch to DisCOW, but he soon runs off with all their earnings. This leads to the cows doing what they do best and singing MOO-grass which results in a very big change.
Heather Pindar has written a delightful story about musical animals and where the cows have to change their tune more than once to achieve their goal. It has a great use of word play and silly cow puns that keeps the reader (adult and children) entertained.
The story has many layers with underlying tones of helpfulness, selfishness, teamwork and naivety.
The only issue I, and our readers, had was the tone of some of the illustrations – they were quite dark, especially at the beginning of the book. While they fit the story being told, they just weren’t very engaging for a children’s picture book and the children weren’t interested in the illustrations by Barbara Bakos until they started to get brighter and more colourful. The illustrations were very well drawn, just too dark and brooding.
Other than some slightly dark illustrations, the story is fun with plenty of humour and cow puns that play on words. It has a good lesson in morals that you can explore further with the kids, should you want to and does create lots of talking points.
The MOOsic Makers is a great little story that will keep young MOOsic lovers a-MOO-sed at bedtime (sorry I couldn’t help but continue with cow puns).
RRP: £7.99 (Paperback)