Friday, February 09, 2007

Poetry Friday Review: Cowlick!

Cowlick!, by Christin Ditchfield and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw, is a book that called to me. You see, a cowlick has controlled my hair from birth. No bangs for me!

Ditchfield proposes a reason behind these recalcitrant clumps of hair in this vibrant picture book.

When the moon rises high
and the stars shine bright

two little boys are put to bed. While they are sleeping:

Clip-clop, clip-clop down the hall
Funny shadow on the wall

Closer now--tiptoe, tiptoe
Doorknob turning very slow

To the bedside she comes sneaking
Lifting covers, gently peeking
Bending low, bestows a kiss:

That's right. An actual cow enters the brothers' bedroom and licks their hair, leaving them with "once-flat hair now standing tall."

Ditchfield portrays the cow as a merry-making jokester, so she's not at all scary. Beardshaw's bright and cheerful illustrations match the humor of of Ditchfield's text. While the boys sleep, a curious terrier watches the cow enter the house and make her mischief. Watch the dog's face for more fun.

Cowlick! is perfect read-aloud fun for kids ages 2-6. Don't read it at bedtime, though, if your child is afraid of cows.
I received Cowlick! from the publisher, Golden Books.
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