Minnie and Moo by Denys Cazet
The Night Before Christmas (I Can Read Book 3)

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When the farmer forgets where he hid the Christmas presents, only Minnie and Moo know where to find them. Fortunately, Moo has read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, so she knows exactly what they should do: Dress up like Santa Claus and enlist the help of eight sleigh-pulling chickens and a red-nosed rooster in a scheme to deliver the presents and save Christmas!

 

About Denys Cazet

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Denys Cazet is the author and illustrator of more than 25 picture books for children, including Never Spit On Your Shoes, winner of the California Young Readers Medal. The books about Minnie and Moo are his first for beginning readers. He was inspired to tell stories about the silly cow best-friends when he passed a herd of cows in which all but two were facing the same way. The other two stood next to each other, facing in the opposite direction from the rest of the cows. He immediately dubbed the two nonconformists Minnie and Moo and imagined the adventures two cows who were loyal friends rather than followers of the herd. Mr. Cazet is currently writing I Can Read Books featuring Elvis the Rooster from the farm on which Minnie and Moo live. Mr. Cazet was an elementary school teacher for 25 years, and has also been a school librarian and elementary school media specialist. He remains active in his local elementary school parent and advisory committees. A California native, Mr. Cazet lives with his family in the foothills of the Napa Valley.
 
Published October 1, 2002 by HarperCollins. 48 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Panicked by a chance-heard comment that makes her think the farm’s about to be sold, Moo rejects Minnie’s calming wisdom—“Thinking leads to sleepless nights, heartache, and torpid bowels”—sweeping her along into a grand scheme to raise money through tours of the farm’s wonders.

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Minnie and Moo, two cows anyone would like to have in their pasture, are on the prowl for an Easter Bunny proxy in their 11th caper.

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In this beginning reader, the bovine series heroes consult the Clement Moose "classic," in which the farmer forgets where he's hidden his grandchildren's presents. Ages 4-8. <EMPHA

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The duo forms a plan to earn money to save the farm by leading the other farm animals on a paid tour of seven "wonders," including Minnie's "presidential bunion" (the pair insists it resembles George Washington's face).

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Denys Cazet's moovelous bovine duo make hay on Halloween in the I Can Read book Minnie and Moo: The Night of the Living Bed.

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The bovine pals become barnyard Cupids, penning love poems for friends and delivering them, surreptitiously, via bow and arrow in Minnie and Moo: Will You Be My Valentine?

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All the animals are running scared when a thunderstorm strikes the barnyard in Denys Cazet's Minnie and Moo Meet Frankenswine.

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Staying out till the cows come home takes on a whole new meaning in the first of Cazet's (Never Spit on Your Shoes) spunky new chapter books, especially when it's the cows who are boogying late into the night.

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