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From Publishers 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.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-Grade 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

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Why Cowboys Series
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (December 31, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565540948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565540941
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurie's first published work was a note passed to a boy in elementary school. You would have thought that this most embarrassing moment would have stopped her writing career. But instead, Laurie is the author of thirty five books and author/illustrator of two more. Laurie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and two daughters and loves writing surrounded by horses, cattle, dogs, cats, and five turkeys.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 1998
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My children (ages 3&4) loved this book! We rented it so much from the local library that it was well worth the money to buy it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kassie Leavitt on June 11, 2005
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My 4 year old son loves this book! He dreams of being a cowboy one day, and this book just makes him giggle! I woud recommend this to anyone who has kids that like cowboys or silly stories. I also read this at a Library pre-school reading hour and it was a big hit! 5 stars and then some!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Granny B on July 30, 2007
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My three year old grandson and five year old granddaughter loved the story and the illustrations. We read the story three times in a row and they loved the anticipation of seeing which animal was creeping up next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mom of 2 on October 30, 2008
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I bought this for the summer reading program that I coordinated at my local library. We had a cowboy theme and this turned out to be a great choice to read out loud. It is a cute story and talks about everything a cowboy wears/has with him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harold Charlson on February 25, 2008
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Very funny and a cute way to put your little cowboy to sleep at night.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cassidy Carpenter on March 22, 2009
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This is the cutest little book ever. The drawings are awesome and it's very well written. Not too short, not too long. MY 3 year old loves it!
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This is a cute and entertaining story of a cowboy on a cattle drive who works hard and sleeps hard. He isn't aroused as different critters steal different garments of his in the night. After having to work even harder to replace needed items, he figures out to sleep in them. The illustrations make you feel like you're in the story. My young son loves this book and loves to tell people about it.
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The children at our library just love this book. We have set up an entire area now to just Cowboys and Cowgirls and we have had a hard time keep this book in the library. WHAT TO READ NEXT. GRANDMA'S PUPPY: THE FUN PUPPY http://www.amazon.com/Grandmas-Puppies-Puppy-Cordia-Bernal/dp/1480814369/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428946784&sr=8-1&keywords=grandma%27s+puppy+the+fun+puppy
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