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Click, Clack, Moo

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is an award-winning children's book by Doreen Cronin. Illustrated by Betsy Lewin, the Simon & Schuster book tells the story of Farmer Brown's cows, who find an old typewriter in the barn and proceed to write letters to Farmer Brown, making various demands and then going on strike when they aren't met.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
AuthorDoreen Cronin
Cover artistBetsy Lewin
CountryUnited States
Genrepicture book, children's literature
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date
[E] 21
LC ClassPZ7.C88135 Cl 2000



Farmer Brown realizes he has a problem when he begins to hear typing sounds coming from his barn. He soon finds out that cows have found an old typewriter in the barn, and are using it to type notes requesting things from Farmer Brown, such as electric blankets to keep them warm at night. Farmer Brown refuses, so the cows, who are willing to withhold their milk until they get what they ask for, go on strike. Soon, the cows type a similar note about the hens asking for electric blankets as well. After Farmer Brown furiously refuses to provide them, the hens go on strike as well, and refuse to lay eggs. Farmer Brown realizes this makes it impossible to run a farm. In a furious attempt to re-establish normalcy, he sends a note back to the cows on his own typewriter, declaring they do not need the things they are asking for and that their job is to produce milk and eggs. The cows hold an emergency meeting, at the end of which they seemingly come to a resolution. They promise the farmer that if he gives them electric blankets, they will give up their typewriter. A neutral duck agrees to deliver the typewriter when the cows have received the electric blankets. Farmer Brown decides the deal is fair, so he leaves electric blankets for the cows and waits for the duck to deliver the typewriter. Instead of delivering the typewriter, the ducks send him a note which states that their pond is boring and they would like a diving board, at which point the story ends.


Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is a 2001 Caldecott Honor book.[1] Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."[2] and it is one of the "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal.[3]

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  1. ^ "Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938-Present". American Library Association.
  2. ^ National Education Association (2007). "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children". Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  3. ^ Bird, Elizabeth (July 6, 2012). "Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results". School Library Journal "A Fuse #8 Production" blog. Retrieved August 19, 2012.

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