About Audrey (cow)

Audrey Cow - small cover


Audrey is a cow with poetry in her blood, who yearns for the greener pastures beyond Bittersweet Farms. But when Roy the horse tells this bovine dreamer that she is headed for Abbot’s War, the slaughter house, Audrey knows that she must leave her home and friends sooner than she ever imagined. With the help of a whole crew of animals and humans alike, Audrey attempts to escape the farm she lives on–and certain death. Cleverly written as an oral account, this unique illustrated tale of an animal on the run, told “to camera”, uses over thirty narrative voices, including six humans, four cows, three sheep, two sheep dogs, one pig and a very silly rooster. Full of heart and humor, Audrey (cow) is ultimately a very human story about life and death, friendship, and holding on to one’s dreams–based more or less on a true story.

“Part Great Escape, part Hatchet, part Charlotte’s Web, all wonderful.”  Kirkus Review (starred review)

“Framing the story as a series of interviews, Bar-el creates a humorous chorus of perspectives, temperaments, dialects, and cadences ….Mai-Wyss’s b&w watercolors bolster the lighthearted atmosphere of this thoroughly charming story of a cow determined to chart her own destiny.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“At its heart, Audrey (cow) encourages kids to think even as it entertains – the mark of wonderful children’s literature.” Quill & Quire (starred review)

School Library Journal, December, 2014 (starred review)

Audrey (Cow) is the Charlotte’s Web of the 21st century – a powerful story of friendship and sacrifice that is sure to become an instant classic.” National Reading Campaign

“First there was Wilbur the pig. Then there was Ivan the shopping mall gorilla. Now there’s Audrey the cow.” – BookPage Children’s Top Pick, November 2014


Kirkus Best Children’s Book of 2014

Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Science
Fiction, Fantasy & Adventure of 2014

Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Books of
2014 for Readers Who Like Quirky

CBC Children’s Book Panel Selection
for Winter 2014

Today’s Parent Top 10 Middle Grade
Books of 2014

New York Public Library’s 100 Titles
for Reading and Sharing 2014

Amazon: Best Books of November for Children & Teens







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