Tuesday, December 28, 2021

"Petal the Angry Cow" - a bookwrap



Petal the Angry Cow

Authored by Maureen Fergus

Illustrated by Olga Demidova


* Reading Age:  4-8 years

* Grade Level:  PS-3

* Length:  48 pages

* Publisher:  Tundra Books

* Pub. Date:  Jan. 11, 2022

* Language:  English 

Unwrapping Some Illustrations


The Book

This is a delightful tale about a very talented cow that oftentimes displays an out-of-control temper.  The good news is that Petal, a Holstein cow, has many fantastic qualities as cows go.  She is kind, thoughtful, and a wonderful baker, dancer and artist.  The bad news is that she also has a mean temper which flairs up often. Unfortunately her barnyard pals know exactly which buttons to push to get that emotion into gear.  

One morning the farmer announces that tomorrow all the animals will be taken on an exciting trip to the local water park.  On the way home they will stop for pizza and ice cream.  HURRAY!  They are ecstatic! 

The horse is so happy that he jumps up and down and accidentally trods on Petal's foot from one of his leap-for-joy antics.  Petal snaps into the BIGGEST tantrum yet!  

"WATCH IT, DUMMY!" she shouts out through her pain.  The farmer is flabbergasted with her reaction and instructs her to apologize immediately or suffer consequences for that bad and inappropriate burst of anger. 

"STUPID DUMMY!" Petal responds.

She then stomps away in a huff.  Will Petal make amends and find a way to control her temper and get to go on the trip with the rest of the animals?  A swan she meets at the pond shows her the truth about displaying that kind of behaviour in a very surprising way.  Will Petal recognize the error of her ways and be redeemed?  

The illustrations are wonderful and the book offers a very valuable life lesson.  This humorous story would be a great read-aloud at circle time followed by a discussion.  "Petal the Angry Cow" belongs not only in a home but in a classroom and elementary school library too.  I highly recommend this book! 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!


Meet the Author

MAUREEN FERGUS is an award-winning author of books for kids of all ages. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, optioned for film and adapted for stage. Her picture books include InvisiBill, The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold, and You're In Good Paws; and she's also the author of the upcoming Weenie early graphic novel series. When not writing, Maureen runs, reads, bikes, bakes, works and hangs out with her husband, three kids and Buddy the Wonder Dog, who rarely has tantrums.

About the Illustrator

OLGA DEMIDOVA was born and raised in Russia, where she studied at the Moscow Art Institute of Applied Arts. Olga started work as an animator, but her tremendous passion for illustration sent her in a different direction. Now she publishes books and apps for children all over the world. Olga lives in Moscow, and she does not know an angry cow personally.

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