Zig and Wikki in The Cow by Nadja Spiegelman

Nadja Spiegelman

Trade Loeffler (Illustrator)

Ages 7+

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Toon Books (April 1, 2010)

Zig and Wikki are back in an all new adventure! Zig’s pet fly (he brought a fly home from Earth on their last adventure) isn’t feeling really well. So, Zig convinces Wikki to come back to Earth to make the fly feel better in case it is homesick. They crash on Earth and Wikki lets the fly go without Zig’s permission. Zig sets out to find his fly but he and Wikki soon realize that their ship has been eaten by a cow and they need to get it back to get home!

The Zig and Wikki books have a comic-book format (because they’re comic books) and every now and then a fact box (Wikki’s information screen) will pop up. This is a hilarious way to teach kids about cows and how they eat, the ecosystem, dung beetles and what they do in the ecosystem, what flies do in the ecosystem, and how to get eaten by a cow (not recommended  😉 )! I WILL recommend this book to kids 7+, though! The illustrations and comic-book format make a book most kids will like and/or love! This is part of the Toon Books Easy-To-Read Comics series. It’s a reading program to try to get kids into reading! The books are divided into 3 reading levels (Zig and Wikki are a reading level three).

I reviewed Zig and Wikki’s first adventure (Something Ate My Homework) you can read it HERE. I like their second adventure even better because of the humor and I enjoyed learning about the ecosystem and how to be eaten by a cow (just kidding about that last one)! You can find the Toon Books Website HERE, please check it out. They also have lesson plans and other activities for kids and adults at the website. I also found a cool website called Professor Garfield where you can have Zig and Wikki and the other Toon Books read to you! Check out Professor Garfield too – HERE.

I give Zig and Wikki in The Cow 5 out of 5 book worms!

Categories: Age 6-9, Comics / Graphic Novels

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8 replies

  1. You’ve recommended another cool series, Eric. I will look into the level 1 and 2 titles for my son. He loves trying to read the Sunday comics (yet doesn’t understand the humor).

  2. I am not familiar with this series — I bet kids really like the comic book series. Very different book for kids. Great review.

  3. These look really fun, Erik! Thanks for telling us about them – I hadn’t heard of them before.

  4. Fun way for the little guys to learn to read!

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