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Not suitable for bedtime reading
on 15 October 2015
I started reading this story to my four year old but when I got half way through I realised I couldn't continue. The description provided really isn't accurate. Yes minikid goes to stay with his cousins but there is very little about his mischief etc whilst there. Instead this is a story of a dairy cow dying whilst giving birth. The calf is thought to be a lost cause but the children bottle feed him and he survives. Then the calf gets sold at market and sent to be killed.
I read and enjoyed Michael Morpurgo books when I was a child and don't remember many of then being like this one. Yes the dairy industry is a fact of life, but not really one I want to read a bedtime story about and I can't imagine my son going to sleep happily after this book.