Children's Literature - Denise Daley
The young Cowboy in this book is a nice person and a good friend to Bear and Ninja. Cowboy is caring and fun-loving and helpful. Sometimes, though, he can be loud and boisterous. Ordinarily this is not a problem but when Bear is trying to photograph birds in nature and Ninja is trying to read a book, Cowboy's noisiness is quite distracting. Bear and Ninja probably realize that Cowboy has difficulty controlling himself because, rather than asking Cowboy to be quiet, they simply make an excuse to give up their task and leave. This leaves the Cowboy wondering what he did wrong. Fortunately, the Cowboy soon learns for himself the significance of silence, and Bear and Ninja quickly pardon Cowboy's previous loudness. This children's book has clever illustrations that are cute and colorful and have a slightly Japanese look. The story may be short and sweet but the lessons learned are valuable and timeless. Reviewer: Denise Daley
School Library Journal
PreS—This story continues the series about the friendship of the bear, the ninja, and the cowboy. The cowboy is funny, caring, and kind, but he likes to make a lot of noise. Then one day his loudness comes between him and his friends. The bear is trying to photograph birds, but the cowboy's antics drive them away. The ninja is trying to read, but the cowboy's presence interferes with his concentration. The cowboy is confused by his friends' actions until he comes to a quiet place and realizes that his inability to be silent is the problem. After a while, the bear and the ninja return to find the cowboy singing softly. The bear shares his photographs and the ninja shares his story, causing them to howl with laughter. Finally, they all sing and make a wonderful racket. The friends discover they can enjoy some activities alone while some can be shared. Colorful, humorous cartoons illustrate the text. An additional purchase where titles on friendship and consideration are needed.—Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA
Three good friends (who have been optioned for an animated series) experience friction but work it all out.
"The cowboy was a good friend to the ninja and the bear. / He was kind. / He was caring. / He was fun. / He was funny. / But sometimes he could cause a ruckus." When he goes bird-watching with the bear, the pop of his gum and his boingy pogo stick scare away the birds. The cowboy doesn't understand why the bear gives up and leaves. Later, when he pairs up with the ninja to read, the cowboy drums on a rock, plays hacky-sack and chats on his cell. The cowboy doesn't understand why the ninja gives up on reading. As the cowboy walks through the noisy countryside trying to puzzle things out, he finally gets it. When the three reunite, they each share their hobbies and have a loud old time. Canadians Bruins and Leung return with their exuberant trio of three individuals who sometimes have to put in some effort to make their friendship work. The mix of full-bleed, spot and panel computer-generated illustrations again gives the simple tale visual pizzazz, and the cartoon characters virtually leap off the page.
So far, the ninja and the cowboy have received time in the spotlight; fans will be anticipating the bear's entry, which is sure to follow. (Picture book. 2-6)