The Year That it Rained Cows
In another of the Grubtown Tales, a cow suddenly drops out of nowhere, landing on top of Limbo Goulash who is riding Marley Gripe’s bicycle. As local storyteller Beardy Ardagh tells us, this sets off a chain of events involving more cows falling out of the sky, more squashed property and general cow-fearing amongst the good (but entirely odd) people of Grubtown. While the unnerved residents are sky-watching, a totally unexpected surprise is about to unfold, right under their very feet.
The wonderfully vivid imagination of Philip Ardagh is in the process of creating another series of marvellous children’s tales. Full of bizarre characters, improbable situations and brilliant wordplays, The Year that it Rained Cows is delightful. While suitable for children aged 7+, it is a quick and easy read for older children and encouraging for reluctant readers also. The strange character and place names may make it challenging to follow, but the pace and humour in the story aid the reader, assisting both with comprehension and memory. But in addition to all of that, The Year that it Rained Cows is a great and funny read that leaves you wanting more. Fortunately, this is the second in the series, with books three and four coming out shortly.