Clancy the Courageous Cow, by Lachie Hume

Clancy the Cow stands out in the herd because he is different. He is a Belted Galloway, but unlike all the other Belted Galloways, Clancy has no belt. The other cows reject him, but one night Clancy discovers that being totally black has a hidden advantage. He is able to sneak into the paddock next door at night and eat as much as he likes. Unlike the other Belted Galloways, Clancy is soon big and strong – and able to represent the herd in the annual Cow Wrestle.

Soon, Clancy is the hero of the herd. His victory in the Wrestle means that the Belted Galloways have grazing rights over the best paddock and the neighbouring Herefords have to move out. But Clancy has anther surprise up his sleeve. He thinks all the cows should just get along – and share the paddock.

Clancy the Courageous Cow is a fun story about being different and about getting along. It was first written by the author/illustrator for a school assignment when he was just twelve and the illustrations, using watercolour and graphite pencil, have a childlike simplicity which is really endearing.

Very cute.

Clancy the Courageous Cow, written and illustrated by Lachie Hume
Omnibus, 2006