ABOUT THE BOOKIt was a boring day. How could it not be? There was only upma for breakfast. Anu’s day begins this way. She doesn’t want to eat her upma and is wondering what to do, when a cow walks in and stands next to her table! After this, the cow pops up throughout Anu’s day, including at her maths class, and somehow helps her out in each of these bothersome occasions. When it’s Anu’s turn to help, what does she do?
- Anu is having a terribly boring day, until a cow begins to make a series of sudden appearances in her life. Suddenly Cow is a funny, imaginative book about getting out of troublesome situations.
- The idea behind Suddenly Cow is a very relatable one. The cow appears at all the moments when Anu needs help dealing with the quirks of the people around her – when her mother wants her to eat up her breakfast, when her teacher scolds her for drinking water in class, and when Vinu and Venu the twins start fighting instead of playing cricket with her. Anu’s predicament will strike a chord with young readers, who will find themselves wishing they had a cow handy to help them escape from all the things they don’t want to do.
- The cow is a delightfully silly and entertaining character. She doesn’t take instructions from anyone, she isn’t afraid when Malathi teacher threatens to call the police, and she comes and goes as she pleases. She even does Anu the extra favour of eating up her upma and licking the math sums off the blackboard. This cow is definitely a hilarious force of chaos and will garner many laughs from readers.
- The illustrations in Suddenly Cow are a great source of humour. From the cow (her gentle blank eyes, long tongue, and the egret perpetually perched on her back) to the horrified expression on Malathi teacher’s face, the pictures bring the story alive perfectly.
- On many pages, the text is printed over the illustrations in a way that makes it difficult to read. Particularly in instances where the black typeface is printed over a dark green background, the lines are almost impossible to spot, let alone read.