Sunday 6 February 2022

Yes You Can, Cow by Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Rikin Parekh

Published by: Faber, 1st Feb 2022

When it comes to picture books, twists on popular fairy tales always create excitement in our house. But a twist on an infamous nursery rhyme? WOW! That really got our attention. And we're so glad it did because Yes You Can, Cow by Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Rikin Parekh is full of fun surprises, great characters and fantastic illustrations. In fact, it's as bright and dazzling as a full moon.

Are you ready to jump over the moon, Cow? You're going to be the next big thing? Cow...Cow...where are you?

In case you hadn't guessed, Yes You Can, Cow is a new take on the well-known nursery rhyme, Hey Diddle Diddle. And yet, this is so much more than just a retelling. Firstly, Rashmi Sirdeshpande has planted the characters in a clever, new setting...on the stage. Secondly, the narrator invites the reader to participate in the performance by breaking the fourth wall and thirdly, Rikin Parekh's illustrations add a whole new level of entertainment. Cow's expressions are awesome! The result is a humorous, interactive story that little ones will want to read again and again. 

The takeaway of the story, however, also makes this picture book extra special. Plenty of picture books focus on the important theme of courage, where the threat of failure is a lingering possibility. But this story not only embraces ACTUAL failure, it celebrates it with such a fantastically positive attitude that hopefully every reader will be inspired and reassured by it. For very often failure and success go hand in hand...or hoof in hoof...

So if you're looking for a book with familiar but fantastic characters, an entertaining and interactive voice, wonderful artwork and a ground-breaking message, then look no further than Yes You Can, Cow. It's simply mooooovellous!

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