Mr. Brown Can MOO! Can You? : Dr. Seuss’s Book of Wonderful Noises

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Published 1970

SUMMARY:

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? is, as it says on the cover, a “Book of Wonderful Noises.” It opens up with Mr. Brown strolling along and Mooing like  a cow. Then, on the next page he buzzes like a bee. He doesn’t just do animal noises, he can also “Pop” like a cork and  “Eek” like a squeaky shoe.

After he “Whisper whispers” like a butterfly, we are then encouraged by the narrator to try to make noises as well. Mr. Brown continues to make wonderful noises until the end of the book including the noises of a cat licking up milk and the tick tock of a clock.

At the very end we, the readers, are once again encouraged to make noises as well:

“Mr. Brown can do it. How about YOU?”

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Here is a list of all the noises Mr. Brown can do:

  • MOO MOO
  • BUZZ BUZZ
  • POP POP POP
  • EEK EEK
  • HOO HOO
  • KLOPP KLOPP KLOPP
  • DIBBLE DIBBLE
  • DOPP DOPP
  • COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO
  • GRUM GRUM
  • GRUM GRUM
  • CHOO CHOO CHOO
  • BOOM BOOM
  • SPLATT SPLATT
  • TICK TICK TOCK
  • SIZZLE SIZZLE
  • BLURP BLURP
  • KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK

HISTORY:

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? is a Bright and Early Book with an extremely simple vocabulary for the earliest of readers. Like most of these smaller books there is no dedication.

This book aims to help beginning readers to recognize what words look and sound like. By participating in the noise making children are not only having fun reading, but they are also recognizing words and animals by the sounds they make.

The original cover has Mr. Brown mooing with a cow in the background similar to the first page on the inside, but for some reason the cow is different. The newer cover takes the cow off the cover and puts on the rooster from the Cock-a-doodle-doo page.

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FAVORITE IMAGE:

The curve of the train tracks and the shape of the train feels the most like classic Dr. Seuss. By this time some of his books lack the same movement and excitement of his earlier books.

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FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Grum” seems like such an odd noise, but a hippopotamus chewing gum is a pretty odd activity. As I was going through the book everything else seemed fairly normal: sound of rain, rooster, mooing, etc., but this one caught me off guard and made me laugh out loud as I was reading it.

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Thanks for reading,

Jack St.Rebor

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2 comments on “Mr. Brown Can MOO! Can You? : Dr. Seuss’s Book of Wonderful Noises

  1. Mark Carter says:

    You’re absolutely right about the train illustration. He seemed to somehow “simplify” his art during the 70s and beyond. I guess it was deliberate, for whatever reason. By the time we get to books like “The Thinks You Can Think”, it almost looks like a parody of his style; someone trying to copy him and not quite managing it.
    Comparing the art in, say, “The Butter Battle Book” with “The Sleep Book” or “Solla Salew” proves that, as wonderful as it was, something was very definitely missing.
    Of course, he was getting older by then……

  2. jackstrebor says:

    Apparently he was actually dealing with pretty bad eye sight during that time so he didn’t feel comfortable working on the “big books” which is why we have six beginner books in a row between Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are and Hunches in Bunches. That may explain the change in artistic style. I think he actually brings a lot of it back in Oh, The Thinks You Can Think, but the next two after that (The Cat’s Quizzer and I Can Read With My Eyes Shut) are definitely lacking in the typical Seuss illustration standards.

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