Sakes Alive!: A Cattle Drive
Karma Wilson & Karla Firehammer
Little, Brown & Co., 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his engaging picture book opens on a standard farm scene - a barn with hens and pigs, sheep and cows, a farmer and his dog. But what's this? The cows (Molly and Mabel) take Farmer's keys and drive off in his truck ... as he shouts, '
Sakes alive! They're going on a cattle drive!
Thelma and Louise
adventure continues in verse. Soon the sheriff is chasing the runaways, and calling for backup. When they reach town, Molly can't find the brakes, and finally has to turn the key off. But the townsfolk think it's the best parade ever, and of course it all turns out for the best - '
The people wanted autographs, / but cows, of course, can't spell. / They stamped their hooves in pads of ink, / which worked out rather well.
akes Alive! : A Cattle Drive
is great fun, the humor only emphasized by the quiet rural background. Kids will cheer for these rather silly cows, enjoy their small rebellion, and chant out '
' every few pages, with all the other astounded characters.
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