Milena is innocently brushing her teeth one day when she discovers that there is a cow – yes, a cow! – in the bath.
Not only does Semi-Skimmed talk and take baths, but she is dead set on winning the Cow Belle Beauty Queen pageant. The competition is fierce, though, and Skimmy is … well, skinny (for a cow). Can Milena help her to see off the beastly Hefty Hoofington and her simpering sidekicks Snippy and Snooty?
PRAISE FOR COW BELLE BEAUTY QUEEN
‘When a book makes a 7-year-old laugh and gets her to ask questions (a lot of questions!), then it has to be a good book. … Cow Belle is not only a great and well-illustrated story for children, it is a story that will appeal to adults, too.’ Inis magazine
‘The story is both wacky and funny but it also parodies society’s obsession with appearance and weight.’ Books Ireland First Flush
‘This funny story from Finnish author Leena Parkkinen, translated by Ruth Urbom, has much more to it than just comic value because there is real pathos too and there are some wonderful pen and ink and watercolour illustrations in black and green by Katja Wehner’ – Outside In World
Leena Parkkinen is a third generation storyteller. She hails from a family in which a good tale has always been appreciated more than the truth. At parties, her grandfather used to attract an audience who would listen to him in silence. His son, Leena\'s father, became a famous children\'s author.Leena Parkkinen was by no means always going to be a writer: as a child, she dreamt of becoming an artist. When she ran out of paper, she drew on envelopes, till receipts and walls. Her childish scrawls could even be found on her father’s tax return.Leena became a student of graphic design, because her mother was of the opinion that she should get a proper job first, before doing other, more enjoyable things. She is well known in Finland as a writer of books for adults. Cow Belle Beauty Queen is her first book for children.