Genre: Documentary, Self-Help
Plot: Click, Clack Moo, Cows That Type is in short, a lesson for children about how collective bargaining can usurp a slave holder in a feudal agrarian economy.
The book starts off right away with Farmer Brown (real original) hearing typing coming from his barn, interspersed with moos. Upon inspecting the barn, the cows have left a simple demand.
You see, cows can speak fluent English, however their vocal abilities are limited. Now that they have typewriters, they can finally express themselves, and decide the first communication between cows and humans should be a demand (is this a book for millennials or what?).
Anyway, the demand is pretty simple, they want some electric blankets because the barn is cold at night. It would have been more civil to maybe say please and thank you, but the demand is reasonable, and it teaches your children not to sugar coat their formal requests.
Farmer Brown is having none of this, they are his cow slaves, and he doesn’t care if they are cold, although it’s clear Farmer Brown is not familiar with the latest research from NIH on the effects of extreme temperatures on bovine milk production.
Here’s where the UAW sponsorship of this book comes in. The cows go on strike and refuse to work until their demands are met. After unionizing, the cows get the chickens to join in as well, teaching children the powerful effects of collective bargaining.
Farmer Brown then brings in an arbitrator, Duck, however Farmer Brown isn’t a great negotiator, and his offer is essentially “no”. Duck, being the Nobel Prize winning peace broker that he is, comes up with a compromise. The cows and chickens will give up the typewriter in exchange for electric blankets.
And so this book teaches your children if they band together and refuse to do work, you’ll give in eventually, albeit with some compromise on their part.
Overall this book is pretty amusing, and it has a sly twist to the ending which I won’t discuss here. I’ve lowered my rating a little because of the heavy handed political overtones.