Buckamoo Girls

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In this rollicking read-aloud Western, meet Joanna and Susanna, the ultimate cowgirls!

What if cows could be cowgirls? One day in the pasture, just chewing on cud, Joanna and Susanna imagine themselves as the fun-loving Buckamoooo Girls. The Buckamoooo Girls ride through the Wild West-roping steers, sharing a meal out in the open air, and dancing "by the light of the ...
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Overview

In this rollicking read-aloud Western, meet Joanna and Susanna, the ultimate cowgirls!

What if cows could be cowgirls? One day in the pasture, just chewing on cud, Joanna and Susanna imagine themselves as the fun-loving Buckamoooo Girls. The Buckamoooo Girls ride through the Wild West-roping steers, sharing a meal out in the open air, and dancing "by the light of the moooooon."

This hilarious daydream of a picture book, created by two Westerners, shows that there are few things better than a horse ride under a big sky, and a friend to share it with.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A pair of ordinary cows who dream big demonstrate the power of the imagination to transport oneself to another place and time in this whimsical tale. Saddled up as alter egos Susanna- Bandanna and Joanna-Montana, the two sport new personalities along with their "cowgirl" duds and head off on their hind legs. Lyrical, rhyming verse builds the momentum of these busy bovines, as they transform from passive pasture grazers to leaders of the pack ("Drive the herd/ now, git along!/ Rumblin' river,/ tumbleweed,/ sidewinder,/ stampede!"). Suddenly, their lives are anything but dull: it's nonstop action, from hoedowns to rodeos, as Curry's illustrations depict the kinetic motion. His ambulatory, wide-eyed stars steal the show, and sly asides (such as one of the aforementioned herd looking out incredulously at the audience) will hold readers' attention. As the day winds down, dark blues and deeper shades of purple dominate the landscape, and the cows return to life as they know it. With no indication of a prevailing sadness, readers can only assume the duo is content to resume their routine. Even if their taste for wanderlust was a one-time affair, these bovine heroines will appeal to the dreamer in everyone. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal

Gr 2–4
Two placid cows in a pasture, Susanna and Joanna, dream of being cowgirls and taming the Wild West. They hope to experience cattle drives, a rodeo, a country dance, and more. The art depicts a lot of exciting cowgirl action, and the text is written in a punchy, poetic style. "Two cows/out back,/spotted brown/spotted black./Cud-munchin'/musey moos/dream of bein'/buckaroos." Unfortunately, the book is a bit confusing. While the first illustration shows Susanna and Joanna dreaming of being human girls, the rest of the pictures show them as cows. Still, the artwork is vibrantly colored and funny, and it gives the book a strong flavor of the West.
—Susan E. MurrayCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Saddle up for an udderly hilarious parody about two cows' fantasy of being cowgirls for a day. The staccato rhyming text is merely a vehicle for the outrageously comic illustrations that transform cows, Joanna and Susanna, into cowgirls. They don fringed skirts, vests, boots and spurs and ride off to rope steers, ride bulls at the rodeo and eat clover chili at the chuck wagon. "Sit tall, / moo strong. / Drive the herd / now, git along!" The nose-to-nose close-ups of the wide-eyed cowgirls and the bull are guaranteed to produce giggles: "Snortin' bull, / sharp horn. / Bucked off, / britches torn." These buckamoo girls are bovine divine: "won't you . . . dance by the light of the moooooon?" (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810954717
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 1 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.37 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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