Why Cowboys Sleep With Their Boots On


Slim Jim Watkins finds that his old way of getting ready for bed just won't do, thanks to the nightly entourage of desert animals who play a key role.

A hardworking cowboy who wears his clothes to bed sleeps so soundly he isn't aware how, during each night, he is losing an item of clothing.

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Slim Jim Watkins finds that his old way of getting ready for bed just won't do, thanks to the nightly entourage of desert animals who play a key role.

A hardworking cowboy who wears his clothes to bed sleeps so soundly he isn't aware how, during each night, he is losing an item of clothing.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Young cowpokes everywhere will take a shine to this rib-ticklin' tale of Slim Jim Watkins and his vanishing wardrobe. Every night when the tired cowboy disrobes and stretches out on his bedroll for some shut-eye, thieving varmints emerge from the darkness. First, a pair of slithering snakes boost his britches, then his bandana's lifted by a coyote. When an armadillo makes off with his hat, Slim finally cottons to the shenanigans and wisely opts to sleep fully clothed. Knowlton's humorous story finds a ready pardner in Rice's droll pen-and-wash illustrations, colored with the dusty hues of the Southwest. Ages 5-up. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Slim Jim Watkins is tired after a day on the trail. He strips down to his long johns for a good night's sleep, but two rattlers slither off with his britches. The next night he sleeps with his new britches on, but loses his bandanna. And so it goes, until Slim Jim decides it's just easier to sleep with his boots on. The illustrator is most famous for his Gaston series as well as Cajun Night Before Christmas.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Knowlton's western jargon and Rice's ink-and-watercolor illustrations (familiar from Cowboy Rodeo [1992] and Cowboy Night Before Christmas [1986, both Pelican]) make a fine team to point up the necessity of certain cowboy apparel and introduce desert animals, all the while spinning an amusing yarn. Slim Jim Watkins learns to sleep in his britches, bandana, and hat, as well as with his boots on, when, night after night, his gear is carried off by desert critters. With each incident, Knowlton sets up the nocturnal thievery with Slim Jim's trail-blazing, cattle-herding exhaustion and an unseen (to Jim) varmint. Then Rice's wordless double-page spread artwork shows what happens to his clothing. And, as always, the artist successfully contrasts blazing scarlet with desert neutrals and captures the humor of cowboy predicaments. Fun for a group read-aloud.-Claudia Cooper, Ft. Stockton Independent School District, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565540941
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Series: Why Cowboys Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 420,555
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.35 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Author/illustrator James Rice (1934-2004) produced sixty books, including the illustrations for Pelican’s treasured The Night Before Christmas Series. Rice’s first book, the well-loved classic Cajun Night Before Christmas®, has more than 750,000 copies in print. Young readers can enjoy more of Gaston®’s adventures in Gaston® Goes to Mardi Gras and sample Rice’s other children’s stories with favorites such as Texas Jack at the Alamo. With more than 1.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation’s best-selling creators of children’s books, receiving awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children’s Book Council, among others. Years after his death, Rice’s family found the art and text Gaston® Joins the Circus, and this discovery has brought Gaston® back for one more adventure!

LAURIE LAZZARO KNOWLTON has authored more than 35 books. Her best-selling children's book Why Cowboys Sleep with Their Boots On won the Premier Print Award from Eastman Kodak. Art from another one of her picture books, Red, White, and Blue, has been displayed by the Robert L. and Posy Huebner Collection and was highlighted on Martha Stewart's radio station. An international speaker, Knowlton loves kicking back on her ranch, Roots 'n Wings.

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