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Monday, September 8, 2014

Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door by Denette Fretz

ISBN: 9780310723493
Book Look Synopsis:
“I hear that becoming a cowboy can be dangerous. Especially if you don't know the rules.
I don’t know the rules.”
It’s a good thing Conrad brought his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit to Uncle Clint’s ranch because learning how to be a cowboy turns out to be a lot harder—and more painful—than he thought. Conrad has a lot to learn – including don’t squat with spurs on and never wave your red sweatshirt at a bull. But the biggest challenge of all is dealing with Imogene Louise Lathrup, the know-it-all-cowgirl next door. When Imogene shows up, she is all too happy to point out Conrad’s shortcomings. In this follow-up to their debut hit Pirates on the Farm, author Denette Fretz and illustrator Gene Barretta team up once again to tell a humorous tale about what it means to love your neighbor.

MrsK's Review:
Just take a look at the fun on this cover!  Are you ready for a few tips on how to be a cowboy? Conrad goes to his Uncle Clint's ranch expecting to learn all there is to being a cowboy. He also knows that things can get tough on a ranch so he packs his "Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit" just in case there is a need. What Clint will learn is that there are definite rules for being a cowboy. And there is no better resource than "know-it-all" Imogene Louise. Imogene is always ready with some "sage" advice. That is until the day of the auction. You see, Conrad is convinced that all he needs to be a better cowboy is his own horse... so Uncle Clint takes him to the livestock auction.

Now I'm not a reviewer who "spoils" any reader's opportunity for enjoyment. I will say that if you ever put on a pair of spurs, do not bend down on your haunches. Oh, and if you see a sweet looking cat in the horse barn... beware! Cayenne pepper is red for a reason and no... you should never wave a red shirt at a rodeo!

This book has an abundance of character. The storyline is quick, funny, and full of great "cowboy" lingo. The illustrations are entertaining, perfectly matched with the storyline, and full of added expressions that will keep even the youngest readers giggling. 

Whether this book is being enjoyed at home, in the classroom, at the library, or in the wild...
There is "more to being a cowboy than wearin' the boots!"
Have some great "read it together" fun,
Amazing fun for raising today's readers! 
Meet the Author:
 Denette Fretz  Denette Fretz is a first grade teacher whose passion is crafting inventive, engaging stories that encourage life-application of biblical principles. Fretz resides in Oregon with her husband, two teenage children, a sassy cat, and a spastic Jack-A-Bee. Her hobbies include singing, drawing, playing the guitar, and collecting picture books.

Meet the Illustrator:
 Gene Barretta.jpg Gene Barretta is the author and illustrator of Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin and Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci. He is also author and illustrator of Dear Deer, which was a Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts and listed on the Parenting Magazine Mom-Tested Books of the Year List. He holds a B.F.A. in Film Studies from New York University, and has worked for many years in film and television production. He lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania with his wife and son.

"I received this book for free from Book Look Bloggers for this review."

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