Where's My Cow? Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-21 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 115 user ratings

"cover- I love this cover. The almost lifelike rendition of the cow and the painting like quality of the background...then that little cartoon image in the two corners...brilliant. And the stamp - approved by the librarian of Unseen University. If you've read the discworld books, you'll get it, but you haven't...see there's this series of books. In some of the books there's this University, the Unseen University. It's quite magical, because it houses not only all the wizards and sorcerers in Ankh-Morpork (or almost all of them) keeping them from harming the innocent - and giving them a place to practice their arts, but it also holds all the magical books. Some of the books have to be chained down, or they'll escape. In charge of the library at Unseen University is an orangutang. He's very capable - he actually used to be a human, but he's pretty happy as an orangutang, in charge of the library. Those prehensile feet and hands, with the thumbs and all, turned out to be very handy - after all....So - he approves this book.
I approve this book also. LOL, doesn't that sound vain? I do though. I've wanted this book for a long time, since it ties in so nicely with the other discworld's great because it's really three books in one. You'll have to read it to understand what I'm saying...

Commander Vimes, a frequent character of the discworld novels is one of the characters in this book. He's reading a book to his son....and the book he's get to read that while reading about Vimes reading to his son...see? There's another aspect to this, but at the moment I can't really explain it.

So Commander Vimes is reading this book and he is making all these animal sounds, because it's a book called Where's My Cow? So the book within this book has all these animals and animal sounds and someone is obviously looking for his cow....Vimes is reading this, and making the noises for his son - which his son loves - when he suddenly decides the book is a bit lame, in fact that it has nothing to do with real life. After all they live in a huge city, where all the animals are...cooked.

So he begins changing the book while reading, to something HE can relate to. Criminals. He starts naming the usual suspects that he has to deal with on a daily basis...and they all have some quirk, great names, and the pics - oh man, the pics are great. These aren't your normal tame children's book pics - so beware of this if you plan to read it to your kids or grandkids. They will have to have a good sense of the absurd and humor.

I Loved This Book.

I read it to both of my grandkids, and they know it's Granma's SPECIAL BOOK that they have to have ME bring down for them, so we can read it together. And like Vimes, I love making the animal sounds, and I even try to make the rather gross usual Suspects's sounds. like Hrrumph, etc. The kids laugh and laugh. I laugh and laugh. A good time is had by all. Grandma loves these type of childrens books.

Twisted, snarky, edgy slightly off children's books.
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" 5 stars! Beyond cute! It started out like the typical kiddie books but quickly became something more. How very like Vimes to tell his young son that if he lost his cow it should be reported to the City Watch haha. The part at the end when Vimes said "I arrest you in the name of the law" got me a bit misty-eyed. Excellent stuff. Every Discworld fan will enjoy this. " said.

"This book was so good it makes me sad that i lost it.
Its suposta be a kiddies bedtime story but damn if i didnt enjoy it far to much.
perhaps thats one of the reasons i cant get anyone to go out with me?
This book has some beautiful illistrations.
I mean its really pretty. Its lovly and has a beautiful soft feeling that i do not see in the other babys books i have.
For instance someone would think a pink, red and white book would look soft and child friendly.
But it dosnt.
No my big french book for babys that i cant undertand a word for (which cover is actually quite soft even if the colours dont want you to think so) has nothing on this book.
Also there is a story.

What I learned from this book
...Where my cow was.
He isnt there anymore...
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"Mr Pratchett's childrens picture book, this book is mentioned in the Discworld series as it is read every night by one of the characters to his son. If you are familiar with Terry Pratchett's work you will find all expected wit and cleverness in this book. If you are familiar with books for small children you will almost certainly recognise the type of book that is gently sent up here. If like me you are a Pratchett fan with a small person you will probably enjoy this more than many of the books for little people you find yourself having to read over and over again as this achieves the holy grail of preschooler books, it entertains both the child and the adult reader. My son loves joining in with the animal noises while I can enjoy the story on a whole different level. Thank you Sir Terry!" said.

"A work of existentialist realism that surpasses criticism. If there was one book I would have to have on a desert island, it is this one. Whilst superficially targeted at children, who will not see this as anything other than the hunt for a missing bovine, every adult should take time to ponder the metaphysical message imparted on each page. By what mechanism do we identify the things around us? What is the next stage of the deductive process if there is mismatch between auditory input and memory? In a few short pages (with exquisite illustrations which would make Michaleangelo weep with jealousy) Heisenberg can be certain, Zarathustra may remain silent and Proust can stay in bed. Had this book been available at the time, it would had deflected Harold's arrow, given Cleopatra the strength to resist the asp's venom, or made Shakespeare realise that there was no point in trying to compete with perfection." said.

"I was going to suggest that if you didn't like Discworld you wouldn't really appreciate this, but I think that's wrong. Of course, any Discworld fan will undoubtedly find anything with Sam Vimes in it impossible to resist; he's one of my personal favourites, though I tend to imagine him younger and better looking (we're all allowed our little perks). It definitely wasn't what I was expecting, either. I was expecting a book wherein the cow was eventually found by whomsoever might have owned it, but it turns in to something much more magical and probably deeply philosophical, and very, very Vimes.

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"One of the most charming elements of Terry Pratchett’s 34th Discworld novel Thud! is Sam Vimes reading Where’s My Cow? to little Sam. The Lawful Good hero allows no excuses, every day at six he reads the book to his son, and provides all of the necessary sound effects.

Where’s My Cow? was published contemporaneously as a 32 page children’s books with illustrations about the Thud! prop. So it contains scenes and pages from the Discworld novel but it is also about Vimes reading the book to the child and taking some fun artistic license (just as he did in Thud! to Lady Sybil’s consternation).

For fans of Discworld, this is a must read and an enjoyably playful side of Pratchett’s magic making.

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