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Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp

by Denise Fleming
     
 

Brown Shoes is going on vacation. Betty is staying with Mrs. Pink Slippers, but Mrs. Pink Slippers does not like dogs. So Buster will be going to . . . Cowboy Camp!

Buster is nervous at first, but when he sees all the fun things to do at camp, he begins to change his mind. By the end of camp, Buster is ready to let out a great big YEE-HAW, PARDNERS!

Denise

Overview

Brown Shoes is going on vacation. Betty is staying with Mrs. Pink Slippers, but Mrs. Pink Slippers does not like dogs. So Buster will be going to . . . Cowboy Camp!

Buster is nervous at first, but when he sees all the fun things to do at camp, he begins to change his mind. By the end of camp, Buster is ready to let out a great big YEE-HAW, PARDNERS!

Denise Fleming's signature style of pulp painting brings her characters to life with vibrant colors and creative compositions, including a fun map of Cowboy Camp. Old friends of Buster's will be happy to welcome him back, and new ones will be delighted to make his acquaintance.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This sweet, simple story is steeped in the stuff of the Wild West.” —Booklist

“Every page will make readers smile.” —School Library Journal

“Round up the kids (and maybe even the dogs) and share this one around the campfire.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Perfect for creating interest in summer camp.” —Georgia Family Magazine

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3- This sequel to Buster (Holt, 2003) surpasses that book. When Brown Shoes takes a weekend trip, his dog is sent to Cowboy Camp at Sagebrush Kennels. Grieving over his separation from all that is familiar, Buster is surprised and thrilled to learn that cowboy camp is dog heaven. The pups are too busy to be sad or homesick; they create paw paintings, herd balls into pens, play "buckaroo ball," gather sticks for the campfire, and sing along as Red Boots strums his guitar. Fleming's cleverly themed camp/kennel will appeal to both dog lovers and buckaroos. The tale is filled with "Cowpoke Words" (with a glossary on the back cover) and amusing Western touches (dogs have bandannas tied around their necks upon arrival). From nights in the bunkhouse to meals at the chuck wagon, every page will make readers smile. The artist's signature pulp-painting illustrations are perfect: they're full of sun-baked colors and dry, sandy textures with personality on every dog's face. The story is ideal preparation for children anticipating a first sleepover away from home or a first summer camp venture.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME

Kirkus Reviews
Buster the dog is NOT HAPPY that Brown Shoes is taking off for a weekend's R&R and leaving him at Cowboy Camp in the care of Red Boots. A day later, though, after painting a "Wanted" poster (of his friend Betty the white kitten, who gets to stay with Mrs. Pink Slippers), learning how to catch a ball, helping to build a fire under a kettle of beans and bacon and, with fellow canine campers, singing cowboy songs, Buster's attitude has done a complete 180. Fleming's masterly control of her paper-pulp medium shows itself in the poster's lettered header, in the fine patterns of the neckerchiefs worn by all the campers and particularly in Buster's wonderfully expressive body language. The colors really pop, too. Young tenderfeet anxious about sleepover camp will be reassured by Buster's experience; they will also appreciate the cowpoke glossary ("Chow. Food.") on the back cover. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805078923
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/29/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
648,435
Product dimensions:
8.61(w) x 10.18(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile:
AD680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Denise Fleming has written and illustrated many children's books, including In the Tall, Tall Grass, Shout! Shout It Out!, and Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy. She won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. Denise published her first painting in the third grade, when she started taking classes at the Toledo Museum of Art and one of her paintings was chosen to be the cover of a teacher's magazine. She now works primarily with paper, by pouring colored paper pulp through hand-cut stencils. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.

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