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This bright, rollicking read-aloud rates a big yippee-ei-oh! It's time for bed out on the prairie, but Cowboy Baby can't hit the hay without his posse: Texas Ted, Denver Dog, and Hank the Horse. Sue Heap spins a Wild West yarn that's sure to send pint-sized buckaroos off to their own bunks with smiles as big as the Western sky. Full color. 32 pp. Ages 2-5. Pub: 4/98.

Sheriff Pa comes up with an unusual tactic to get Cowboy Baby and ...

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Overview

This bright, rollicking read-aloud rates a big yippee-ei-oh! It's time for bed out on the prairie, but Cowboy Baby can't hit the hay without his posse: Texas Ted, Denver Dog, and Hank the Horse. Sue Heap spins a Wild West yarn that's sure to send pint-sized buckaroos off to their own bunks with smiles as big as the Western sky. Full color. 32 pp. Ages 2-5. Pub: 4/98.

Sheriff Pa comes up with an unusual tactic to get Cowboy Baby and his pals to go to bed.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Before Cowboy Baby goes to bed, he has to round up Texas Ted, Denver Dog and the other toy animals in his posse. "Off you go to find them,' said Sheriff Pa. `Bring them home safely.' " Cowboy Baby waddles outdoors, into a desert landscape of blue sky, faraway buttes and golden sand. After he collects each of his friends, Cowboy Baby hides with them from Sheriff Pa, who eventually ropes in his caballero with some fatherly sleight-of-hand. The book's 10"x12" trim size conveys a don't-fence-me-in spaciousness, and Heap (The Hungry Monster) further suggests the vast terrain with full-bleed spreads, divided into rectangular panels by wide strips of acrylic paint in sultry southwestern colors. Yet Cowboy Baby never wanders too far from home, and, except in extreme close-ups, the cabin and Sheriff Pa are in plain sight. Heap nimbly enters into a toddler's sense of play, and while Cowboy Baby may live in the Wild West, his mischievous games will be familiar to readers in any region. Ages 2-5. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
British author/illustrator Heap fell in love with the western desert on a trip to the United States. The result is a light and color-filled bedtime story that follows Cowboy Baby and his gang of stuffed animals as they play hide and seek with Sheriff Pa. Huge cacti can't hide the gang forever, but to sweeten the capture Pa lassoes a star for his son. This is a charming treat to lessen those bedtime blues.
School Library Journal
PreSAnother tale for the Never-Want-To-Go-To-Bedders. It's time for nighty-night, but Cowboy Baby, though surrounded by playthings, must have the three that are missing. When Sheriff Pa sends him out to find them, the child dresses himself in hat and boots and sets out on the trail of the missing critters. On succeeding pages he locates his toys, but still doesn't want to go to bed. Sheriff Pa solves this common conflict by lassoing a star right out of the sky and deputizing his son with it. Now Cowboy Baby can hardly get to bed fast enough. Yes Sirree! Well, it doesn't have to make a lot of sense for very small children to enjoy it. The pictures are winners for the toddler setlarge scale, depthless in the way of primitives, and filled with jolly bright colors that could put any little bedtime whiner in a better mood.Ruth Semrau, formerly at Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781406330649
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2012
  • Sales rank: 1,288,460

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Great book

    We had this book when my son was a baby & I had to read it to him every night, Now that he grew up, he wanted to make sure we still had it for his kids someday, he still can recite almost the whole book from memory.

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