The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen, by Diana Prichard, illustrated by Heather Devlin Knopf (2013)

The Cow in Patrick OShanahans Kitchen(nb: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss)

It’s a happy coincidence that “The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen” crossed my desk today. My friend Kelcie and I had just finished making plans to meet for our weekly burger night. Perhaps morbidly, we always refer to this event as “eating cow.” Kelcie always makes sure to get her “cow” with “added strips of pig,” meaning (of course) bacon. Okay, that really is pretty morbid, but that’s all Kelcie’s fault. I only go along with it so she doesn’t feel bad.

Okay. Not true. It’s just how we jokingly refer to getting burgers, because we understand our burgers’ provenance.

Patrick O’Shanahan has never really thought about where his food comes from, until one morning when he goes into the kitchen to help his dad make World Famous French Toast for breakfast.

There’s a cow in the kitchen. A real live cow staring back at him.

When Patrick’s dad asks for three eggs, you can imagine what Patrick finds in the refrigerator, and who knew that maple syrup actually comes from trees?

Breakfast that morning taught Patrick a few lessons about where food comes from, and your child will enjoy learning right along with him.

Author Diana Prichard lives on a working farm, and she has seen more about where food comes from than most of us want to think about. Here, though, she has written a fun story. Sure, young kids may never have seen a cow in their kitchen—Lord, I’d hope not—but the book saves them the harrowing experience of finding a cow there. (I’m a grown-up, and while I’d be a bit disconcerted were there a cow in my kitchen, the chickens in the fridge would certainly give me a fright)

Heather Devlin Knopf’s illustrations are funny as well. My favorite is of Patrick and his cat—both with mouths agape—staring at the cow, who stares back quite unimpressed.

Youngsters will love “The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen” for its story and pictures. The added bonus will be the extra understanding they’ll have the next time you make World Famous French Toast. (For crying out loud, though, don’t serve it with sausage!)

Highly Recommended for Younger Kids


About tom

B.A. in Literature, Minor in Film Theory and Criticism, thus meaning all I’m trained is to write blog posts here. Neptune is my favorite planet–it vents methane into the solar system like my brother does. I think Chicken McNuggets look like Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Indiana. There are times when I’m medicated, which is why I wrote about McNuggets. Buy some today and tell me I’m wrong! Anyway, Beyond that: mammal, Floridian, biped.Good Night, and Good Luck. Besos, tom
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