A Discworld picture book for people of all sizes
Illustrated by Melvin Grant
At six o’clock every day, without fail, with no excuses, Sam Vimes must go home to read Where’s My Cow?, with all the right farmyard noises, to his little boy. There are some things you have to do. It is the most loved and chewed book in the world.
But his father wonders why it is full of moo-cows and baa-lambs when Young Sam will only ever see them cooked on a plate. He can think of a more useful book for a boy who lives in a city.
So Sam Vimes starts adapting the story. A story with streets, not fields. A book with rogues and villains. A book about the place where he’ll grow up.
UK hbk: Doubleday, published on 26 September 2005 (0-385-60937-X)
USA: HarperCollins, published on 13 September 2005 (0-06-087267-5)
Bulgarian: Къае е моята Крава?, trs. Katia Ancheva, Vuzev, published in 2010 (978-954-422-096-8)
Czech: Kdepak je má kravička? trs. Jan Kantůrek, Talpress. (80-7197-288-6) Not published. Two different printers made faulty printings, and both printings were destroyed. A single copy in the Pratchett Archive and one in Talpress’s files are all that exist.
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In answer to some questions from a child worried about the missing cow, Terry supplied the following information.
1. Is the cow lost?
‘Not any more. She was found wandering and brought in to the Watch House by Corporal Nobbs.’
2. Is the cow OK?
‘Oh, yes. Some watchmen have fed her chips from the canteen, but she seems fine.’
3. Is anyone looking after the cow if it is lost? (particularly worried about this one)
‘Corporal Nobbs is very attached to the cow, and so are the other watchmen. They’ve clubbed together to buy her hay.’
4. Where is the cow now?
‘In the Watch stables, where she is spoiled rotten by the coppers. She gets milked twice a day and the coppers hope no-one ever claims her because the milk is so nice.’
5. And if at all possible, what is the cow’s name? (for it looks pretty on the picture)
‘Mostly they call her Cow, because coppers aren’t particularly good when it comes to names, but Corporal Nobbs calls her Maisie, after his old mum.‘
Background illustration © and by courtesy of Melvyn Grant