Cowboy Christmas

Cowboy Christmas

by Rob Sanders, John Manders
     
 

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Three grizzled cowboys—Dwight, Darryl, and Dub—are stuck out on the range at Christmastime, roping steers and wrestling longhorns. Reminiscing about their childhood Christmases, they try to make the cowboy camp feel festive—and it's no surprise that a cactus decorated with tin cans, and cows dressed as reindeer, don't fill them with holiday cheer!

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Three grizzled cowboys—Dwight, Darryl, and Dub—are stuck out on the range at Christmastime, roping steers and wrestling longhorns. Reminiscing about their childhood Christmases, they try to make the cowboy camp feel festive—and it's no surprise that a cactus decorated with tin cans, and cows dressed as reindeer, don't fill them with holiday cheer! But a surprise is in store for the Circle D dudes when Santa pays a visit to the cowboy campfire!

Illustrated by award-winning artist John Manders, this deluxe hardcover gives consumers what they expect from Golden Books: a high-quality book at a great value, ready for gift-giving.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
…the text is sure to elicit a giggle, and the simple story, complete with its jingling-bells ending, is the cheery kind children seem to cling to this time of year.
—Pamela Paul
Publishers Weekly
For three cowboys out on the range, Christmas is looking mighty lonely. “‘No presents,’ said Dwight. ‘No stockings,’ added Darryl. ‘No Santy,’ groaned Dub.” As the cowpokes reminisce about the Christmas trees, cookies, and horses dressed as reindeer of their youths, camp chef Cookie suggests they create their own versions of those traditions. The results aren’t great (“charred sugar-molasses-bean cookies” are as bad as they sound), but a surprise visitor gives the cowboys a Christmas to remember. Sanders’s humorous, clipped prose and Manders’s loose, campfire-lit artwork are just right for the story’s down-and-dirty setting. As Dwight puts it, this one’s “a rip-roarin’ good time.” Ages 2–5. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
Three lonesome cowboys stuck out on the range face a "low-down and miserable" Christmas without the usual treats and trimmings until a surprise visit from "Santy Claus" brightens their holiday. Dwight, Darryl and Dub are the three cowpunchers, working the range with their faithful father figure and grub wrestler, Cookie. The cowboys try to make do with their Christmas preparations, making bean-sprinkled cookies, decorating a cactus and fashioning reindeer costumes for their heifers. Cookie takes Christmas day off, but the cowboys return after a hard day on the range to find Santa in camp with a full dinner, decorated tree and wrapped presents for all. Sharp-eyed, older readers will note the Santa hat tucked in Cookie's back pocket when he returns to camp as well as the identical boots worn by Cookie and Santa, but younger children will believe that Santa delivers to cowpokes out on the range as well as to little girls and boys. Cartoon-style art, lots of cowboy lingo and the funny attempts at holiday decoration and baking add humor to the overall effort. Young buckeroos who like their Christmas stories punchy rather than sweet might just take a likin' to ol' Dwight, Darryl and Dub. (Picture book. 4-7)
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Cowboys Dwight, Darryl, and Dub, out on the trail three days before Christmas, are bemoaning that "Santy Claus" will never find them out on the range. As each cowboy reminisces about a childhood Christmas memory, Cookie the Cook suggests they do that activity. The cowboys attempt to decorate a tree, but realize a cactus just isn't the right thing. They burn the cookies that are decorated with beans because they have no sprinkles. They try to turn the cows into reindeer with twigs tied to their heads and cowbells around their necks. They work their normal day on Christmas and are amazed to see Santa at their camp when they return. Astute readers will recognize the similarities between Cookie, who has a day off, and Santa. The cartoon-style illustrations, with silly expressions on the cowboys and the cows and a charming little dachshund, are the perfect accompaniment to the comical story. Short sentences, descriptive cowboy phrases (such as "darn tootin'!"), and outlandish activities make this a fun read aloud. As parents and children are experiencing the tensions of the preparations for the approaching holiday, Cowboy Christmas might be just the antidote they need. Everyone can use a dose of silly and it can certainly be found here. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Cowboys Dwight, Darryl, and Dub are lamenting the fact that "Santy Claus" won't be able to find them out on the range. As each cowhand recalls a fond memory from Christmases past, their trusty cook "Cookie" doles out advice on what they can do now to get in the spirit. They decorate a cactus, char some cookies, and make costumes for the cows. Feeling low-down and forgotten on Christmas day, they are surprised back at camp by Santa himself. After an evening of food, presents, and making merry, Santa disappears into the night-and Cookie soon gallops back into camp, the unsuspecting cowboys none the wiser. The lively cartoonlike illustrations go hand-in-hand with the text and will entertain and amuse young readers in the mood for a Western-style Christmas.—Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375869853
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/11/2012
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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