The Last Cowboysby Harry Horse
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.
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
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