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Terry Pratchett - Where's My Cow?,
This review is from: Where's My Cow? (Discworld) (Hardcover)
A spin-off from his latest full length Discworld novel, "Where's My Cow?" is the book Sam Vimes must return home to read to his son at six o-clock every day, without fail. Without fail. "where's my cow?" "Is that my cow?" "It goes 'baa'" "It's a sheep." "That's not my cow" And thus it goes. Vimes thinks this is a little ridiculous, to read to a boy who lives in a city and will only ever see a cow cooked on a plate, and sets out to change the story a little to fit with Anhk-Morpork...
This is 11 pounds. It's 38 pages or less. That is steep. Especially as it took me only about five minutes to read. But: it was a very very fun five minutes! I recommend it highly as fun little curio: very intelligent for such a short children's book, very fun and funny also. I don't exactly know what the point of it is, though. Is it REALLY supposed to be for children? Or is it just something for true Discworld fanatics (as I am) to buy and enjoy?
There's not a lot else to say about it. It's very short. The illustrations are good and entertaining (I never realised Vimes looked so much like Pete Postlethwaite...). It's a lot of fun, nicely bound and designed, and is a nice metafictional trick, to boot. But it's expensive for what it is. But that won't stop many people buying it.
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Initial post: 26 Jul 2011 06:24:14 BDT
M Mirams says:
Correction: This is NOT "the book Sam Vimes must return home to read to his son at six o-clock every day, without fail." It is just the text from the book repeated with pictures. The second half is "who's my daddy" re-written as "where's my daddy". <SPOILER ALERT> he never finds the cow. This is not a kids book.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2012 14:18:05 BDT
Jane Louise says:
This is intended as a spoof of all those books aimed at children, asking, "Where's my cow?". It's brilliant. Our son loves it. Those who don't understand the book are probably the ones advised to not try looking for their lost cows themselves. ;>
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