My sincere thanks to the School Library Journal for spotlighting Moo Moo in a Tutu as a March Popular Pick!
MILLER, Tim. Moo Moo in a Tutu. illus. by Tim Miller. 32p. (Moo Moo and Mr. Quackers). HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Apr. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062414403. POP
PreS-Gr 2 –A bovine with big dreams and a dubious duck team up in this hilarious romp about a wild idea, a terribly executed plan, and unabashed determination. When Moo Moo gets “the best idea in the whole world,” Mr. Quackers stops trimming his bonsai to respond hesitantly, “Another one?” He replies, further alarmed, “Are you for real!?!” when Moo Moo saunters out in a large handmade pink tutu. Without lessons or a backward glance, the cow and the duck head to the ballet and purchase two tickets. Moo Moo goes backstage while Mr. Quackers finds a seat in the audience. Unsurprisingly, the cow causes quite a commotion, eventually landing with a smash in the orchestral pit, while the duck dutifully claps and cheers. Moo Moo decides to retire while at the top of her game and soon enough has another brilliant idea: to forgo her solo career in favor of cajoling Mr. Quackers into an acrobatic circus duo. Miller’s style is a mixture of comic strip and full-page illustrations done amusingly in pastels and thick black lines. The hilarious speech bubble asides from Mr. Quackers pair perfectly with the bold illustrations to create a winning format for this tale of pluck. VERDICT A sublimely silly read-aloud for storytime and small group sharing.