I recently discovered a number of children’s books written by John Lithgow and borrowed them to read at home with my kids. Lithgow is not only a talented children’s book author, but also a songwriter and performer. Many of his books come with a CD with John Lithgow as the narrator and song performer. Unfortunately library patrons have a tendency to lose the book CDs and the library clearly doesn’t keep backup copies to replace the lost ones. So many of the books we have should have CDs in them but they don’t. *Whine*
Fortunately one book does and my kids absolutely love it! They must have listened to it four or five times just today, so this is an official hit at our house. The book is called “Marsupial Sue presents the runaway pancake.”
Marsupial Sue is a cute kangaroo who decides to put together a play about the runaway pancake story with her friends. As the pancake rolls away from Auntie May’s house, it meets a number of characters, including a cow:
As I didn’t pay close attention to the beginning of the story, this picture puzzled me when I first saw it. What kind of weird-looking cow is that??? With snow cone paper cups on its horns? I quickly realized that since it was a play, Marsupial Sue’s friends were playing the various characters in costumes. When the story was over, I went back to the front of the book and saw the cast listing:
Ah, it’s a wombat cow! Or a cow wombat, I’m not sure which way it should go. Well, this makes a lot more sense, and it sure makes for a funny story. If you have kids under six, get this book and let Lithgow tell his story (in front of a live audience nonetheless!). He does such a great job!