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Cowboy Boyd and Mighty Calliope Hardcover – August 27, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375870563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375870569
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,163,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2-Rancher Rose and her hired hands are skeptical when Cowboy Boyd and his unusual mount arrive for a job at the Double R Ranch. As it happens, Calliope is a sensitive and affectionate rhinoceros-though she is not a very good ranch horse. Each task that she attempts ends in failure and, unsurprisingly, the very night that Rancher Rose tells Boyd and Calliope to "roll on," a situation arises where only her unique talents can provide a happy ending. The bright, playful illustrations feature saguaro and tumbleweed, with towering buttes fading into the background and an abundance of wildlife. The figures are expressive and exaggerated and add a great deal of humor to the text. Cowboy Boyd never gives up: "I got a real strong belief in Calliope," and readers can't help but root for the charming rhinoceros with her eager-to-please smile, demure manner, and long dainty eyelashes. Although the plot isn't fresh, the oddball premise and strong setting make this a fun choice for read-alouds and older storytimes, especially for readers who can pull off a good twang.-Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, White Bear Lake, MNα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Cowboy Boyd and Mighty Calliope is for the cowboy kid in all of us, telling the charming story of an aspiring young cattle rancher and his trusty rhino steed, Calliope. That’s right, a rhino. Riding into the Double R Ranch, Boyd’s “horse” was instantly labeled the shortest, dustiest, and lumpiest mount ever seen, and a few smashed fences and barn doors later, Calliope and Boyd are politely asked to leave. But when a storm scatters the herd, Boyd knows it’s up to Calliope to “KER-THUD” her way to saving days and turning heads. This gratifying picture book spins the simple tale of a transient young rancher into a playful romp that will have kids giggling every time Calliope gleefully crashes through the bunkhouse. Moser’s creative premise is well executed by Van Doninck’s bold, stylized illustrations, and together, their work brings humor and confidence to the page. Put this in front of a younger reader with a passion for the Wild West, and watch the smiles until the cows come home. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ben Spanner

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By Luke Hillmann on June 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The book was about a crazy horse and cowboy who went on a journey. It was very interesting how they saved the day, I liked it a lot.
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Cowboy Boyd and Mighty Calliope will fill storytime round-up with fun and friendship!

A fun western theme read aloud. Calliope is sure to "plod" her way into the hearts of readers, and Cowboy Boyd's loyal friendship will inspire.

Moser's humor and western twang, and Van Donink's illustrations are all delightful!
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Cowboy Boyd knows his Calliope is different than most people are used to, but he also knows what makes her different is what makes her special. When the curious duo is turned away from the Double R Ranch, Boyd's pride in Calliope never falters, and, after a storm that leaves the ranch's cattle lost, all of Double R Ranch quickly realizes that Calliope's differences give her a unique set of skills. Skills that make her just right for wrangling all those missing cattle. A fun story of friendship and individuality, COWBOY BOYD AND MIGHTY CALLIOPE is a worthwhile read.
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