Moo by Sharon Creech


Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow.When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reen...

Details Moo

Release DateAug 30th, 2016
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Poetry, Realistic Fiction, Animals, Fiction

Reviews Moo

  • Rashika (is tired)
    ***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato THIS BOOK The truth is that this book was A M A Z I N G. Displaced children are a common theme in a lot of middle grade novels but this one was special. And not just because it is Sharon C R E E C H (although she really knows what she is doing) Two children are taken out of their metropolitan setting and forced to Adapt to a more rural one. They are out of place, outside of ...
  • Kellee
    It all revolves around a cow. An ornery, wonderful cow that helps a girl find home, a woman find closure, a boy share a passion, and a family settle down. Fans of any Creech work, though especially Love that Dog, will love her word play and imagery in this novel in verse/vignettes.
  • Brandy Painter
    The story here is fine. I guess. Incredibly predictable and cliché, but there's nothing terrible about it. The characters are fairly stock with little development. There is definitely emotional manipulation at the end to tug on your heartstrings and make the book feel important. Yawn. The worst thing about this book is its atrocious formatting. It is a "blank verse" poetry novel, which is often used as a blanket way of covering all sorts of ling...
  • Krista Regester
    As fellow reviewers have stated : the parts written in verse were probably better left out. I think I enjoyed this more because I listened to it instead of using a hard copy. Being able to hear the hard accents used and the voice of Reena gave it a better experience. Did I think I would hear the word dung used so many times? no.
  • Angela Juline
    Delightful...I love Sharon Creech and I will be buying this for my elementary library.Favorite verse from the book:Sometimes I had toclose my eyesto rest them fromall the new everythingspouring in.
  • Donna
    Great story about change, neighbors, and finding strength in strange places.Reena narrates this heartwarming story about one city family's move to rural Maine. There, Reena and her brother Luke are volunteered to an old woman who owns a few animals. Not knowing what to expect from this cranky woman, Reena and Luke come to love the farm and especially the stubborn cow, Zora. As they slowly get to know the older woman, they also learn what life on ...
  • Destinee Sutton
    I wanted to like this, but I found it boring. It reminded me too much of Defiance. Both books are about a kid who meets an eccentric old lady with a cow. The old lady helps the kid see the world differently. Thanks, magical old lady! Thanks, cow! I think the blank verse/concrete poetry/creative typography stuff will appeal to fans of, like, Geronimo Stilton? I wasn't impressed by it. It seemed somehow lazy for a writer as talented as Creech. Like...
  • Sara Grochowski
    In elementary school Sharon Creech was one of my favorite authors and, to put it simply, she's still got it. MOO is a sweet story about a young girl whose family leaves the big city, relocating to Maine. Before she's even had a chance to settle in, Reena's parents have promised their grumpy, elderly neighbor that Reena and her brother will help volunteer three days a week, doing chores. Despite Reena protests, she of course comes to love the farm...
  • Patrick
    I've been looking forward to this newest Creech novel for some time. It didn't disappoint. Beautiful writing. The format was fresh and unique. I'll be looking at cows in a whole new way.
  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    I liked this simple novel in verse the more and more I read of it. Twelve-year-old Reena and her family move from New York City to a seaside house in Maine, and experience the culture shock/pleasures of a semi-rural and slower-paced life. They're coerced into helping an old Italian lady, Mrs. Falala, tend to the animals on her farm, and to prepare her cow, Zora, to be shown at the local fair. The relationship between Mrs. Falala and the children ...
  • Laura
    3.5 stars. This was a very fast read, as it was partially written in verse. It tells the story of a 12 year old girl from the city whose family decides, almost on the spur of the moment to move to rural Maine. In that process her family befriends an eccentric old lady with a farm who lives nearby and both the girl's life, Mrs. Falala's life, and indeed the girl's whole family's life is changed as a result. It was at times, funny and touching too....
  • Alexis Jackson
    Merp.Moves quickly, very predictable. Felt more attached to Zora the cow than the other characters.
  • Pini
    This was my first verse novel and I actually really liked it. It's about a girl, Reena, and her brother Luke, whose family moves to Maine from New York City. Although it's a very different style of writing, I was able to get a feel for how Reena (the protagonist) felt. Verse gives a different feel to the book and can often be more expressive and paint a more vivid picture than prose.
  • Sharon
    Love that cow!
  • Kaylin
    This book is a children's book. It is probably the best book that I have read so far in my life. I went t0 my local library and the librarian picked for me. She told me the author and I shared the same interests. I was debating on whether or not to check out the book. Now I know I could read that book over and over again till I die. (hope it is no time soon) This book took 1 1/2 to finish. This book is about a girl from New York City moving out i...
  • Booklo
    Moo by Sharon Creech follows twelve-year old Reena, her younger brother, Luke and her parents as they move to Maine. Reena is so ready for a new adventure such as eating lobsters, going to beaches and so much more! But, her parents are making Reena and Luke go to a crazy elderly house who was Mrs. Falala and both of them have to go work for her. They both take care of Mrs. Falala's snake, cat, pig and a stubborn cow. I absolutely loved this book...
  • Stephanie
    I'm not holding anything against this book. It's fine; it has a sweet message overall, but the "poetry" part of it wasn't super well done. It was almost like reading a children's picture book. Occasionally it would read normally and then all of a sudden there would be onomatopoeia and repetition and that graphic word t h i n gI know not every poetry story can be Crossover (and why the heck not omg), but I did expect for it to have some sort ...
  • Susan Dunn
    After their family moves from busy NYC to rural Maine, Reena and her little brother Luke are able to ride their bikes all around town. Just before the farm at the end of town is Mrs. Falala's house. The elderly neighbor is struggling to keep up feeding and caring for her various animals (a cantankerous cow, a pig, a cat and a parrot), so the children's parents "volunteer" them to help her out. At first they are a little araid of the old lady - wh...
  • Meredith
    I was not moved at all by the major event at the end of this book, which tells me that characterization and pulling in the reader emotionally was not done well. Although I did sympathize with Reena and am glad my parents didn't randomly sign me up to do chores for strangers.The different fonts here and there were not necessary - they either should have been used a LOT more, or not used at all. The "poetry" was not poetic.Stick with Love that Dog!
  • Amanda Schreiber
    Sharon Creech fans will not be disappointed in this humorous & "moo-ving" story. Creech is a masterful & lyrical writer that tells the story of a family's move to Maine. They must overcome new challenges such as adapting to small town life & training of an ornery cow. Perfect middle grade read for fans of Love that Dog! I did find the story a little long & was thankful for the white-space to help break up the story!
  • Scott Fillner
    I love ALL things Creech, so disclaimer, there may be some reader's bias here. However, readers take risks, but they also come back to authors who are dependable for them. Sharon Creech's stories are ones I know, trust, and gravitate towards.Moo is a delightful read. It is a simple story that is told in such a beautiful way. If you are looking for a story about growth, and what happens when you open your heart to something unknown, than this is a...
  • Kristen
    Super cute. Moo brought back fond memories of showing sheep at the county fair when I was in my tweens/teens. I loved watching Reena and Zora as they butted heads and eventually became a team. The story is told in a mixture of verse and narrative, which will be popular with reluctant readers.
  • Kathy
    Creech is a blue ribbon baker turning out her biscuits on the morning of Fair. Her simple ingredients, light touch and skill make these characters, and their story, rise off the page and right into our hearts. Nothing but love for this cow, these kids, this community, and this lovely story. Highly recommend.
  • Julie
    When 12-year old Reena moves with her family from NYC to Maine, she has to make some major adjustments -- new friends, life at a slower pace, and trying to understand that Maine drawl! But she learns her biggest lessons from Zora, an ornery and cantankerous cow, who teaches Reena the power of community, friendship, and family. Uplifting and powerful!
  • Brittany
    This was so so so cute. I adored Reena. She is head-strong and brave and smart and inquisitive. I love how she approaches life and defends her beliefs. This book is an excellent mix of a coming of age story, magical realism, and poetry. Luke and Mrs. Falala are fabulous supporting characters, too. My students will adore this.
  • Erin Stephens
    THIS BOOK WAS SO CUTE!! I slowly read this book while reading other things but it can be read in one sitting. This book is such a cute middle grade novel and I think anyone of any age can get something out of this book!!
  • Sarah Levy
    I loved the simple, yet engaging story, the word choice, the typography, the themes of having a growth mindset & noticing and enjoying the simple things in life.
  • Joy Lane
    2017-10-18 will be an easy sell. Great for Young Readers. Ar 4.4 and 3.0 pts.
  • Katie
    I can't believe it--Book 4 for #readathon is yet another 5 star read! Love Sharon Creech so much...
  • Karen
    Adorable, engaging read.