cover image Who Says Moo?

Who Says Moo?

Ruth Young. Viking Children's Books, $13.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-670-85162-1

Young's (Golden Bear) chipper rhymed text and Ernst's (Walter's Tail; Zinnia and Dot) typically crisp, sunny artwork (see The Luckiest Kid on the Planet, reviewed below) blend becomingly in this animal identification book. Such catchy queries as ``Who is fuzzy?/ Who says quack?/ Who has two bumps on his back?'' are answered by lighthearted depictions of chicks, a duck and a camel. The creatures, 24 in all, are identified on the final spread, which includes a gaggle of multiracial youngsters lined up below the accompanying text: ``Can you tell me who is who?/, Is there someone here like you?'' This collaboration, though serving its purpose in a generally entertaining fashion, seems particularly slight-the random subjects are identified only by characteristics that fit the verses, with no common thread linking the groupings. Little ones may be amused, but kids at the older end of the intended audience will be beyond the book's simplistic approach. Ages 2-8. (Sept.