Yeehaw and a Ho! Ho! Ho! Today I’ve rounded up a review that has me kickin’ up my heels!
Written by Rob Sanders
Illustrated by John Manders
Golden Books 2012
Themes: Christmas, Cowboys, Santa Claus
Synopsis: (from Kirkus) Cartoon-style art, lots of cowboy lingo, and funny attempts at holiday decoration and baking…Young buckaroos who like their Christmas stories punchy rather than sweet might just take a likin’ to ol’ Dwight, Darryl and Dub.
And, just in case you’re not already a rip roarin’ off to the bookstore or library to grab your own copy, have a look at this here book trailer.
Opening: “Three days till Christmas,” said Dwight.
“And we’re stuck with cows,” whined Darryl.
“Santy Claus will never find us out here on the range, ” sniveled Dub.
Cookie stirred the beans.
“No presents, “said Dwight.
“No stocking, ” added Darryl.
“No Santy,” groaned Dub.
Resources: For any of you that don’t follow Rob Sanders blog or look regularly at his website, you are missing out! Both have valuable resources for teachers and for writers. In fact, after you look at the Cowboy Christmas activities all available from Rob’s website, you will be sold. HERE is a muscial based on the book. HERE is a reader’s theater. HERE is a writing activity, Cowboy Writin’. HERE is Cooking With Cookie (the cook). And, HERE is Sweet Cooking With Cookie (the cook). See what I mean? Incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now, if you want to be inspired as a writer, be sure to subscribe to receive posts from his blog. And don’t just wait for posts! Rob has an incredible blog directory HERE that is chock full of information for writers.
Why I Like This Book: Well, I live out here in West Texas in the midst of cowboy lingo, ranchin’, and rodeoin’! I see real-life cowboys every day! So, having a book that incorporates Santy Claus with cowboys is just my idea of fun! The text is full of cowboy, twangy words that add a humorous liveliness to an endearing tale. Children will relate as each of the cowboys reminisces about his childhood Christmas tradition. They will laugh along as the cowboys try imitating those traditions with the limited resources out on the range. Award winning illustrator, John Manders, adds his more-than-special touch to the story with his artwork. All-in-all, this is a book that you should round up for several reads during the Christmas season.
Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book Friday on her blog. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, or just looking for a great book to read. Here is a list of books by category. Each book listed has a link to a review, information about that book, and resources for activities. There is also an alphabetical list.