cover image What's Cooking, Moo Moo?

What's Cooking, Moo Moo?

Timothy Miller; Illustrator Timothy Miller. Balzer & Bray, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-241441-0

Moo Moo and Mr. Quackers%E2%80%94whose deep, U-shaped mouths and slightly askew, pinprick eyes make them look a bit like Picasso creations%E2%80%94return for a second outing. Moo Moo surprises Mr. Quackers by buying a restaurant using a piggy bank full of money that he discovers in their closet ("That was my life savings!" Mr. Quackers laments). Miller alternates between two-panel spreads and full-page scenes as Moo Moo prepares a disastrous multi-course meal that Mr. Quackers dutifully serves to poker-faced patrons of "Moo Moo & Mr. Quackers's Chow House." When the cuisine fails to live up to expectations (as horrified diners realize that they are eating worms), it seems their foray into the restaurant business is a bust. Miller's humor%E2%80%94which depends upon the woefully inept friends' ingenuous approach to their endeavor%E2%80%94will have readers eager for Moo Moo's next great idea. Ages 4%E2%80%938. (Apr.)