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Meet Buck Bronco, a dino-ridin' cowboy who's chompin' at the bit to share the secrets of his Mesozoic Ranch. Why is he so eager to dispense his dino know-how? Well, he and his prehistoric pals are in a bit of a predicament . . . and they're hopin' readers will lend 'em a hand.
           
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Overview

Meet Buck Bronco, a dino-ridin' cowboy who's chompin' at the bit to share the secrets of his Mesozoic Ranch. Why is he so eager to dispense his dino know-how? Well, he and his prehistoric pals are in a bit of a predicament . . . and they're hopin' readers will lend 'em a hand.
           
Dinosaurs, a cowboy, and a terrific surprise ending—this plum-perfect story truly has somethin' for everyone. 
           
Includes unusual, intriguing, and scientifically accurate dinosaur names and facts.

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"Yee-haw! Saddle up for a rootin' tootin' introduction to denizens of the Mesozoic Ranch, courtesy of cowboy Buck Bronco. . . . The brightly colored critters (many identified by the genial narrator or labeled in the art) romp across the pages of McClements' cartoon-style illustrations before finding suitable spots to bed down for the night. Dinophiles and young horse lovers alike will want to book repeat rides."
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McClements (The Last Badge) combines two favorite themes-cowboys and dinosaurs-and produces surprisingly bland results. Narrator Buck Bronco, who once brought home some "loco-looking eggs," now operates a dinosaur ranch, and promises to teach readers "everything you need to know 'bout ridin' dinosaurs." Like a combination of Roy Rogers and Gumby with his sheepskin chaps and blue bandana, Buck lectures on such topics as "Choosin' Yer Mount" ("You'll have to decide between the speed of a biped or the comfort of a quadruped") and "Saddlin' Yer Dino" ("Unless ya got glue in yer britches, we'll need to tack up!"), and offers tips on various "Types of Ridin'." Mixed-media collages portray dinosaurs in all manner of goony if cheerful poses and occasional facts about dinosaurs ("Biped = 2 Legs"; "Diplodocus = 88 feet long"). However, few of the busy spreads seem to have a focal point, a problem that, in a figurative sense, afflicts the text as well. The illustrations and information are only vaguely accurate, a disappointment to dino aficionados, and the book doesn't offer much in the way of a plot; it's more of a slow trail ride than a rootin'-tootin' tale. Ages 3-7. (Sept.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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"Bright, goofy mixed-media collage illustrations demonstrate the cowboy's instructions and will have dinosaur fans chuckling. Bits of information are scattered throughout, but the book is mainly a fun tall tale. The oversize pictures make it a good choice for storytimes; on the other hand, the details are best appreciated one-on-one."
Kirkus
"Saddle up, it’s Dino Rodeo time. . . . Mixed-media collage playfully pairs well with the inventive story line and reins in the humor. Buck himself looks like Woody from Toy Story, full of vim, vigor and enthusiastic advice. Dinos and rodeos saddle up perfectly and fans of both will kick back and grin."
Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
Come on down to the Mesozoic Ranch, where Buck Bronco is only too willing to teach you all you need to know about saddling up and riding the dinosaurs there. After giving tips on choosing one to match your personality, he instructs the reader on tacking up (unless you have glue on your britches), mounting (you may need a ladder for a kentrosaurus), and choosing your riding pace. Of course, after the ride, you need to water, groom and feed your mount. Why is Buck so eager to share these tips? He is looking for some adoptive parents for all those eggs that are hatching! Humorous, brightly-colored mixed media collages, occasionally labeled, add to the enjoyment of this tall tale. Large enough to be an effective story-time selection, this will please both dino and cowboy aficionados alike. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
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When Buck Bronco finds some strange eggs and takes them back to his ranch, he gets more than he bargained for-all sorts of dinosaurs hatch from his cache. The rest of the book contains Buck's tips on how to ride and care for a dino, covering subjects such as "Choosin' Yer Mount," "Saddlin' Yer Dino," and "Types of Ridin'," all the way to "At the End of the Day." Children eventually discover that Buck has an ulterior motive for all these hints-he needs to find homes for all of these eggs. Bright, goofy mixed-media collage illustrations demonstrate the cowboy's instructions and will have dinosaur fans chuckling. Bits of information are scattered throughout, but the book is mainly a fun tall tale. The oversize pictures make it a good choice for storytimes; on the other hand, the details are best appreciated one-on-one.
—Judith ConstantinidesCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152059897
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

GEORGE MCCLEMENTS has written and illustrated several picture books, including Night of the Veggie Monster and The Last Badge. He lives in Glendale, California.

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  • Anonymous

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    Great book

    I read this book to my 3 year old son and my 6 year old daughter -- we all enjoyed reading this book over and over.

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    Such a GREAT story! Such cool characters and an unforgetable story line! My 5 yr old absolutely adores it, and so did I! Super fun to read together.

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