Best-selling author, Jill Esbaum, and fantastic illustrator (author), Gus Gordon, team up for this funny and oddly reassuring rhyming romp about the brilliantly brave . . . Nadine the Cow. Nadine is a 'truly remarkable cow' who is afraid of absolutely nothing; or so she claims. She's a bit of a show-off, really, and when her friends take her up on her offer of a tour through the woods, Nadine is in her element. Then night falls, and when her friends leave and Nadine is left to explore a dark cave all on her own, suddenly she doesn't feel quite to brave after all. Oh, you are going to love this book. I'm great in it - really brave. You're smart to read this. Not as smart as me, of course, or as brave, but then, I am cow, hear me moooooooo!
This is fast becoming a favourite in our house. Nadine is a boastful cow, proudly telling her friends that she is afraid of nothing. Wanting to prove her wrong, Nadine’s friends dare her to go into the deep, dark woods. Well, what choice does she have? Nadine finds that she has all sorts of fun in the woods but when her friends head home without her, Nadine’s fears reappear. When Nadine accidentally stumbles across her lost friends and leads them home she is hailed a hero. Should she confess to being afraid after all?
Esbaum’s story of Nadine is hilarious and heaps of fun to read. Accompanied by Gus Gordon’s fabulous illustrations and this is a sure-fire winner. My 2-and-a-half year old just loves the rhyming text, joining in and pointing out details in the illustrations. It’s a rollicking read and lots of fun. Highly recommended for 2+.
Review by Erin