- Expected Jan 7, 2020
Cowie is a donkey who feels like a cow on the inside. Will his friends help him make his dream come true? Find out in this sweetly told story about discovering your true self.
Cowie was born a donkey but he knows he’s meant to be a cow. He wants to be a cow. Cows can graze in the meadow all day long and no one asks them to carry heavy packages. So, he stands with the cows in the barn but nothing happens. Will his dream ever come true, he wonders. Can Mousie and Duckie help Cowie feel happy in his own skin?
Stanton's (Peddles) newest addition to her gallery of animal outsiders is a little donkey with red ribbons in his tail who sees perfection in cows. "He admired their soft ears and their kind eyes," their unquestioned access to "green, green grass," and readers may guess at the heart of the matter the way "no one rode them, or made them carry things, or made them pull things around." As much as Cowie wants to be a cow, however, he can't seem to pull it off; he's an awkward wannabe in the cows' presence, and when he moos, it comes out backwards: "OOOOOOM." Cowie's pals Duckie and Mousie step in to assist, and, after some false starts, they help the donkey make a "Moo" worth celebrating. The narrative loses some of its tautness midway through sweet, funny training vignettes with the trio (and a skeptical chick onlooker) tread water for a few pages, but readers probably won't mind. Cowie's yearning and determination have a deeply touching specificity, and the pencil and watercolor drawings beguile from beginning to end. Ages 4 8.