Product Description Swish, zoom, swish. Clickety-clack! When a bus full of critters breaks down, a sleepy roadside cafÃ© suddenly wakes up! Raccoons, elephants, zebras, and rams are only a few of the many animals demanding grub, and it is all that a cook and a waiter can do to keep up. But when Skateboard Cow swerves her way through the crowd, more than a few feathers are guaranteed to be ruffled! Rhythmic text and energetic illustrations combine for a romp of pure fun and entertainment. From Booklist Itâs a quiet morning at the Critter CafÃ©âuntil five raccoons walk through the door, followed by an elephant band, Skateboard Cow, and a rush of critters. Their bus has broken down and theyâre all starving, but their rude demands for food, complaints when it arrives, and food-fight behavior push the frazzled waiter over the top. âThis cafÃ© is NOT a zoo. Pay your bill, then out the door. And donât come back here anymore.â With shoulders sagging and tails dragging, the animals shuffle awayâexcept the skateboarding cow, who missed the bus. The restaurant staff flees and the next thing you know, the joint has a new name: Cowâs CafÃ©. The rhymed text emphasizes theÂ zanyÂ sound effects as the mixed-media illustrations comically exaggerate the scenes. Kids will giggle over the heightened food mess the animals leave behind. Grades K-2. --Julie Cummins Review Kirkus: "Havoc erupts in high-spirited fashion when the animals' bus breaks down outside the local restaurant. In lively rhyme, raccoons lead the boisterous menagerie into the cozy cafÃ©. The cow skateboards down the stairs, the elephant band stomps in with tubas and the ostrich squawks for cherry strudel. The waiter's spill sets off a disastrous chain reaction, causing the server to sneeze peas from his nose. The rhythmic phrases combine creative wordplay and natural pacing. There are not too many cooks in this kitchen, as high-interest humor creates a rollicking read-aloud." Booklist: " It's a quiet morning at the Critter CafÃ©--until five raccoons walk through the door, followed by an elephant band, Skateboard Cow, and a rush of critters. The rhymed text emphasizes theÂ zanyÂ sound effects as the mixed-media illustrations comically exaggerate the scenes. Kids will giggle over the heightened food mess the animals leave behind. Grades K-2". --Julie Cummins About the Author Barbara OdanakaÂ is a former Los Angeles Times reporter who left daily journalism to backpack around the world and write childrenâs books. She is the author of Construction Cat, as well asÂ Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash and A Crazy Day at the Critter CafÃ©. Her polydactyl cat, Mittens, is much too lazy to work heavy machinery. Please visit Ms. Odanaka at BarbaraOdanaka.com. Lee White lives with his wife and their three crazy cats in Portland, Oregon, and you can visit him online at LeeWhiteIllustration.com.