Friday, January 23, 2009
I'm not usually a big fan of "I Can Read" books. And I'm not really into talking animals either. But I have to say, the Minnie and Moo series by author/illustator Denys Cazet is brilliant. I'm always amazed and impressed by authors who can pull me into a story with very few words. And when it comes to "I Can Read" books, the vocabulary is VERY limited.
Part of the appeal of these books is the artwork. I'm one of those people who wishes I could draw, but really, I don't have the patience for it. I know enough to realize that even though it looks cute and simple, the artist put a lot of time and thought into the illustrations.
But the words, the words! These cows have attitude. They may not know all the answers, but they won't hesitate to give you their opinion! I've read these books to my kids hundreds of times. I put on my best Southern accent and pull out my vast array of voices (um, that would be about 3!) whenever we read together. But this morning as I cleaned the house, I picked up "Minnie and Moo Meet Frankenswine" from the sofa and stopped to read it by myself. And I laughed out loud. Even without the pictures the story is funny. How does he do that?
I've never seen Denys Cazet listed among the bestsellers or lauded for his beautiful paintings, so I'll do it right here. Even if you don't have children or you don't usually read books from this section, you have to check out some of the Minnie and Moo books. I guarantee they'll make you smile :)