Who Said Coo?
What It Is
Lulu the pig settles into her cozy bed for a good night’s sleep and is awakened by a “coooo” sound. She opens her front door and sees her friend Pigeon standing there, but he denies making any sound. Lulu goes back to bed and later hears “whooo.” Now it’s Owl who is outside the door, and he too denies making the sound. Next, Lulu is awakened by a “mooo” and becomes quite cross. Still believing the noises are coming from Pigeon and Owl, Lulu harshly shoos the two away from outside her door. Soon, she hears them crying “boo-hoo.” Lulu feels bad at her angry outburst, apologizes to Pigeon and Owl and invites them in to share her cozy bed. All’s fine until ... they hear a rooster yell, “Cock-a-doodle doo!” Having learned from her past mistakes, Lulu nicely asks Rooster to come back later and Rooster readily obliges. Then, Lulu, Owl and Pigeon fall into a deep sleep for the rest of the morning.
Why It’s Fun
Deborah Ruddell’s use of rhyming and repetition give the verse a lullaby quality, making this book perfect for bedtime. Adults can play a fun guess-who-makes-the-sound game with their tots before turning each page, and use the story to teach their kids about temper control and jumping to conclusions. The illustrations are soft, yet vibrant, and contain a bit of humor through expressive displays of emotion on each animal.
Who’s Going To Love It
This is a traditional picture book that has the makings of a classic. The sweet spot for this book is ages 2-4, though the publisher’s recommended age is 3-7. However, it’s simple text would also make a great read-aloud choice for an older sibling to read to a younger brother or sister. Whether purchasing or borrowing “Who Said Coo?” you can’t miss!
About 2-3 minutes
10 out of 10
Who Said Coo?
By: Deborah Ruddell; Illustrated by Robin Luebs
Published by: Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster (2010)
Approximate retail price: $16.99
Publisher’s recommended ages: 3 - 7