The Last Cowboys


In this adventure starring grandfather and his dog Roo. The search is on for Roo's grandfather. Their journey starts with them boarding a Greyhound bus in Los Angeles and then travelling across the States. The pair end up in One Horse Town where Roo is elected sheriff and then run out of town.
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In this adventure starring grandfather and his dog Roo. The search is on for Roo's grandfather. Their journey starts with them boarding a Greyhound bus in Los Angeles and then travelling across the States. The pair end up in One Horse Town where Roo is elected sheriff and then run out of town.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
Grandfather and his amazing dog Roo set off from England to America to search for Roo's famous grandfather. The trip is a wild adventure right from the start, with Roo accidentally ordering several breakfasts off the room service menu. They book a trip on a Greyhound bus to travel across America in search of Roo's lost relative, but it turns out that the Greyhound bus is really a bus full of greyhounds, and they end up visiting the Silver Whippet Race Track instead of the Grand Canyon. Grandfather and Roo finally reach One Horse Town, but will they ever find Roo's grandfather? Their final destination is Hollywood, where Roo's famous grandfather is rumored to be living, but how will they get there? The family theme is reinforced as each chapter is an affectionate letter from "Grandfather" to "Child." Horse's small line illustrations add humor and life to the text as he depicts the unusual stops along the way. Reviewer: Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4

An unnamed British man takes his rambunctious dog to America to find her long-lost grandfather. Roo claims that he was in movies and later belonged to a cowboy, so the man arranges to visit Hollywood and a place called Cowboy Town in hopes of finding the pooch. Instead, as his letters home to his grandchild relate, the trip is a string of disasters. First Roo misbehaves on the plane, and then the travelers discover that the Greyhound bus tour they booked is actually a ride on a bus full of greyhounds on their way to a race. Nevertheless, the two continue their search at sites such as Rabbit World (an amusement park) and the Grand Canyon. Roo's antics escalate at each stop, culminating with her being named sheriff of One Horse Town. Humorous black-and-white line drawings add dimension to the characters the pair meet along the way. A map helps readers follow the journey, though not all of the sites mentioned in the story are included. While adults may tire of the Old West stereotypes, young chapter-book readers are unlikely to notice.-Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

Kirkus Reviews
Grandfather and his spunky dog Roo set out on another silly and over-the-top adventure, which this time takes these two unlikely explorers from England and across the United States in search of Roo's (in)famous grandfather, Old Blue. In their travels, which are characterized by calamities and last-minute escapes, the pair find themselves roped into such humorous situations as being stuck on a Greyhound bus with a pack of misbehaving greyhounds and being trapped in a town overrun by outlaw wild horses. Readers familiar with Horse's work will recognize familiar elements and themes, including the duo's uncanny ability to escape hair-raising situations and the cast of offbeat anthropomorphized animals that they meet along the way. As in the other Grandfather and Roo tales, this text is a series of bite-sized letters addressed to Grandfather's gender-neutral grandchild, a technique that makes the whole both palatable and approachable for transitioning independent readers. Imaginative and fun. (Fantasy. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561454518
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 128
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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