Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Only Cows Allowed

Only Cows Allowed

Lynn Plourde
Illustrator:  Rebecca Harrison Reed 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Down East Books, 2011   ISBN: 978-0892727902

A young man has bought a farm, and though he does not know much about farming or farm animals, he gets some cows to live in his barn. The cows love their new accommodation so much that they decide that they and they alone will live in the barn. Quickly they make a sign that reads “ONLY COWS ALLOWED!”

When the chickens arrive, they are very annoyed to see the sign. They have every right to live in the barn if they want to. In an effort to produce milk - so that the cows will accept them - the chickens lay a prodigious number of eggs. The farmer is delighted and the chickens know that the cows will have to accept them now. The chickens make themselves at home and all is well until some more animals arrive. The cows are determined to keep them out of the barn, but will they be able to?

Young readers are sure to be amused by this clever picture book. They will meet some very strong-minded cows who are determined to have their own way. The deliciously funny ending is sure to delight children who have a fondness for surprises.