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
Number of pages288 pages
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Poetry, Realistic Fiction, Animals, Fiction, Juvenile, Family, Contemporary, Young Adult

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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 a friend of the old lady -...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Laela
    It's Sharon Creech, what else do I have to say?
  • Kari
    Why do I remember more from this book with less words than I do a long detailed novel...because EVERY word matters when it is a book-in-verse...nothing wasted. A move up to Maine from NY - kids meeting up with eccentric neighbor and cow - funny - moving - uncomfortable - sweet.
  • Jaci
    took a little for me to get invested, but once I did I could not put this down. written in verse, so it's great for reluctant readers. may be more suited to upper elementary than middle grades.
  • Pinky
    So great to experience moving from the city to a quiet town in Maine through Sharon Creech's words.Oreo cows! Love that imagery. Having grown up around cows, I can't remember life without knowing them. It was touching to read the words that describe seeing them and hearing them and feeling them for the first time.Favorite words: "Maybe I had imagined a cow was like a LARGE lamb: soft, furry, gentle, uttering sweet sounds. But oh--not so, not so!"...
  • Brianne
    Good, cutesy. Loved the format, but as it went on, the concrete poetic elements seemed forced and too repetitive (for me). In all, good read, not anything terribly earth-shattering. Will definitely recommend to my animal-loving junior high students.
  • Andrea at Reading Lark
    Review Posted on Reading Lark 7/28/16: has grown up in the hustle and bustle of the city. She loves the noise, concrete, and crowds, but when economic hardships hit her family, she knows that moving to the country is the right thing to do. An afternoon drive has her blurting out Maine when her parents ask where they should go. Before Reena knows it, boxes are packed and the family is one the road to t...
  • Heidi
    Ever since I first read Love That Dog, I've looked forward to reading Sharon Creech's novels in verse. I've developed a greater appreciation for this style of writing stories as I've gotten older. I'm not sure I would have like it as much as a child, but I have heard a number of students tell me they also like Love That Dog, so I'm thinking I could probably get them to like this book as well. Reena is a great narrator as she describes for the rea...
  • Jennifer Haight
    Moo is a charming story in verse telling the story of a family who move across the country and drastically change their lifestyle. "My parents had met in Maine many years ago and when they spoke of Maine their voices had the glint of sea and sky." Young readers will likely enjoy Creech's artistic word spacing, and how it helps to elicit mood."the sound of a flutehigh and light and gentle."Reena and Luke, reluctantly befriend an elderly neighbor, ...
  • Ashley
    Any Sharon Creech fan will enjoy this JF offering from her. 12 year old Reena and her younger brother are moved from the fast paced big city to slow the paced life of rural Maine by their parents. At first the children are worried they will not know what to do or how to be in Maine, but they have the freedom to explore their coastal town on old bikes in order to find themselves and discover where they might fit in their new community. While explo...
  • 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 ...
  • Pattie Nauheimer Ekman
    Creech writes her stories in free verse poetry but that won't be a problem for young readers. The story of Zola the cow and the kids that befriend her is funny and sweet. Because I have read other books by this author, I was On edge waiting for the inevitable, a discussion of animals dying as a part of life. Even with that heavy subject matter, I recommend this for kids.