Home on the Bayou: A Cowboy's Story

Home on the Bayou: A Cowboy's Story

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by G. Brian Karas
     
 

When you take an original, lasso-throwing, boot-stomping cowboy, pack all his belongs in the car and move him from the wide open spaces of the West to swamp country, you can expect run-ins with the local alligators, a snafu or two at home, and a western-style showdown with Big Head Ed, the school bully. A cowboy of uncommon bravery discovers that with the right… See more details below

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When you take an original, lasso-throwing, boot-stomping cowboy, pack all his belongs in the car and move him from the wide open spaces of the West to swamp country, you can expect run-ins with the local alligators, a snafu or two at home, and a western-style showdown with Big Head Ed, the school bully. A cowboy of uncommon bravery discovers that with the right ingredients, home can be anywhere. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Poor Ned. A swamp is no place for a cowboy, but his mother wants the two of them to live closer to Granpa, so the swamp is where he's stuck. As if moving weren't bad enough, Ned's lasso has broken and he has to use a garden hose instead; to top it off, Big Head Ed, the bully at his new school, calls him "cowpie." Debuting as an author, prolific illustrator Karas (Mr. Carey's Garden) scores a bull's-eye, zeroing in on the uncertainty children feel when transplanted to unfamiliar territory. Borrowing a cowpoke wit ("Ned would rather eat cactus spines than answer his mom"), he keeps readers laughing at Ned's predicament, cheering at showdown time and all the while sympathizing wholeheartedly with Ned's situation. The wry drawings, softly shaded in the muted earth tones of the bayou, are the icing on the cake. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
"Ned and his Mom were moving from the West, Cowboy Country, to a swamp." to live with his Grandpa. The young, would-be cowboy has some difficult adjustments to make. How he manages to outwit a school bully with a garden hose posing as a lasso, and his gradual reconciliation with his mom, make a simple story about moving to a new place that many kids might identify with. Unusual, childlike illustrations rendered in a mixture of gouache, acrylic and pencil help bring out the humor of the tale.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3Poor Cowboy Ned must leave his beloved West and go with his mother to live with Granpa on the bayou. Nothing about this move appeals to the child, and he behaves rudely to Mom. Each day at his new school things deteriorate, thanks to the bullying of Big Head Ed. To make matters worse, Ned's lariat was ruined in the move and he must use a garden hose as a substitute. He tries to console himself with happy thoughts of his wandering Daddy. When Ed takes Ned's hose, the protagonist's attitude takes the 180-degree turn that readers have been waiting for. He foils the villain, and then he apologizes to his Mom. Karas's colored-pencil over watercolor illustrations seem more somber than those in Sharon P. Denslow's On the Trail with Miss Pace (Four Winds, 1995), using more shaded tones. Ned truly does have many unhappy elements in his life, and the pictures reflect this fact while at the same time showing a bouncy good humor. A fine addition to books about schoolyard bullies and the pains of moving, such as Rosemary Wells's Timothy Goes to School (Dial, 1981) and Marjorie W. Sharmat's Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport (Macmillan, 1980).Ruth Semrau, formerly at Lovejoy School, Allen, TX

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689801563
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.36(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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