Title: Bash and the Chocolate Milk Cows
Author: Burton W. Cole
Illustrator: Buddy Lewis
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
“Shaving-creamed slippers, painted goats, space shuttles, Moowhyagains, a robber with a gun on the loose, and girl sweat. And it wasn’t even April Fool’s Day yet,” Beamer writes in Burton W. Cole’s book, Bash and the Chocolate Milk Cows.
Third in the Bash series, this two hundred and twenty-four-page paperback targets preteens eight to twelve years old, especially if they enjoy farm life, boys bantering, and practical jokes. Using mainly the Holman Christian Standard Bible, the fictional story contains no profanity, sexual content, or extreme violence.
Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, author Cole has thirty years’ experience in journalism and more than fifty humor writing awards. Growing up on a farm in Ohio, his boyhood experiences offer fun and engaging stories. Illustrator Lewis’s small black and white designs at the beginning of every chapter capture the expressive emotions and adventures of farm life.
In this tale written in first person by almost twelve-year-old Raymond “Beamer” Boxby, he spends spring break at his cousin family’s farm, complete with cows, chickens, and daily chores. Known as Bash, the third cousin, twice-removed but not far enough for Beamer, loves to play shenanigans and tricks on everyone, especially on the upcoming April Fool’s Day.
Considered a boring city boy, Beamer must keep up with Bash’s fun-loving antics that include barrel kayaking, a chicken-coop space shuttle, and painting a goat. But the biggest prank to pull off is a joke on Bash’s father by having the farm’s cows appear to produce chocolate milk.
At the same time, Beamer is concerned the local robber could be gunning for them next. Through Biblical stories of Noah and Gideon, the “Farmin’ and Fishin’ Book” Bash calls the Bible helps them understand worrying, trusting God, and being baptized.
From tadpoles growing into frogs to candles, kazoos, and chocolate milk pitchers, the silliness is catchy as the two boys deal with toothpaste cookies, praying mantis, mud fights, squirt guns, and being dunked in the lake.
Cole does an excellent job captivating young readers to stop playing video games and go outside and explore while having fun and being inventive. Quirky and comical, the quick read with Christian overtones will delight kids, especially those that relate to farm life, friendships, and Biblical applications.
Thanks to Shelton Interactive for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.
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