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Giddy Up, Cowgirl Hardcover – February 2, 2006


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PreSchool-Grade 2–Momma has a whole list of errands to run so she tells her daughter to Giddy up. Cowgirl, an exuberant child with lots of imagination and energy, is determined to be helpful. As the two proceed through their tasks, several problems occur. Sometimes Cowgirl is successful in solving them (she sings to compensate for the broken car radio); at other times, disaster ensues (she scatters letters to be mailed on the sidewalk). At the grocery store, Cowgirl lets go of the list, which blows away in the wind. She assures her mother, I remember EVERYTHING on that list, and then fills the basket with candy and treats. Even though Momma visibly loses patience by the end of the trip, the story finishes with hugs all around. The spare narrative is peppered with cowboy drawl. The bright cartoon illustrations really shine: they fill in the texts broad outlines by using facial expressions to add humor and warmth. Krosoczka does a good job of selecting situations that both children and adults will find funny. The lively language and colorful artwork make this tale a Yippeee Yi YEEEE! choice for reading aloud.–Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
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PreS-K. Armed with a trusty sidekick (a plush armadillo), a 10-pint hat, and a mission to be helpful, little Cowgirl discovers that a day of errands with Mom can be full of opportunities to play hero. Sometimes, though, her earnest efforts leave Mom more stressed than ever--as when the fearless youngster asks a favor of a scary-looking biker dude, or drops items she has offered to carry. Cowgirl's confidence eventually flags, but Mom embraces and reassures her downcast helper: "Your momma loves you because you always try!" The story's kids-will-be-kids humor, especially the concluding joke, seems aimed at parents more than children, who may yearn to see illustrations of childhood competence rather than clumsiness. But little ones will respond to Krosoczka's stylized, textured paintings--particularly the brassy cowgirl, whose gap-toothed grin, in the tradition of David Shannon's David, is the locus of her irrepressible energy. Children will also enjoy following the rhythms of familiar activities and talking about how each stop on the duo's errand circuit compares to its counterpart in their own communities. Jennifer Mattson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (February 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067006050X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670060504
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jarrett J. Krosoczka has been passionate about storytelling through words and pictures since he was a kid. He began his professional career by illustrating educational readers for a national publisher while still an undergraduate at Rhode Island School of Design. Then, just six months after graduation, Jarrett received his first contract for a trade book that he authored. Knopf Books for Young Readers published Good Night, Monkey Boy on June 12, 2001 and Jarrett hasn't stopped or slowed down since.

Jarrett is a two-time winner of the Children's Choice Book Award for the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year and is the author and illustrator of twenty-three books including the Lunch Lady graphic novels and Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novel series. Jarrett's TED Talk on his journey from boy to artist has been viewed nearly a half-million times. He is also the host of The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live, a weekly segment celebrating books, authors and reading. His work was recently featured on the front page of The Boston Globe and on NPR's All Things Considered. It has also been recommended by national publications such as Newsweek, The New York Times and USA Today. His Punk Farm picture book and Lunch Lady series are both currently in development as feature films. Jarrett lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife, two daughters and their pug--Ralph Macchio.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara G on March 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Giddy Up, Cowgirl was fun to read for myself as well as with my daughter. WE loved the images as well as the story. Considering the `story time' with her a success I took the book to my class the next day.

As I read to my class of 20 five year-olds I could see they clearly related to the story as well. They were engrossed in the moments the little girl experienced. They wanted to see what would happen after the grocery-shopping list blew away in the wind or when the eggs were spilled. (As a mother I especially appreciated the dialogue of love and patience that occurred after the eggs spilled.)

So, after loud declarations of "YeeHaw!" and "Tarnations!" my class and I agreed Giddy Up, Cowgirl is a "thumbs up"!

Some of the comments from my class were:

"I liked it when she shopped for the groceries! Yeah! It was funny!"

"I want to ride her horse! I liked her horse."

"She kept trying. I like it 'cause she kept trying."

"I really liked it when her mommy gave her a hug." (My personal favorite as well.)

After reading and discussing the book we all agreed that we would try our best to help each other out just as the little girl did.

It is wonderful to find a book that I can share with my daughter and read to my class knowing they would connect with the characters and context. The story teaches us to keep trying and it positively reinforced being helpful.

Keep up the good work Mr. Krosoczka (pronounced Crow-ZAH-ska)! We're looking forward to your next book.
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Child HAPPY READ ~~~ recommended ~~~ 4 stars

Mama tells her daughter to Giddy Up. With so much to do it is going to be a busy day. Mama's little gap toothed Cowgirl is single-minded in her efforts to be helpful. A high-spirited little girl who makes up with a super big imagination what she lacks in prowess; Cowgirl tends to have problems now and then. With her 10-pint hat set firmly in place, and filled with enthusiasm she and her plush armadillo are always ready to help.

So, she sings to make up for the broken car radio, locates Mama's missing wallet, she is entrusted with the grocery list at the store, and wants to help by mailing mom's letters. When she needs help she asks a biker dude for aid, she joins in filling the shopping basket and offers to help carry the bags of groceries, she helps take dirty clothes into the cleaner's for Mama and she hurries to open the car door for Mama.

A down cast little Cowgirl is deflated when she drops the clothes needing cleaning, realizes she forgot she must never speak to strangers, loses the list to a gust of wind and then puts all the wrong stuff in the basket, and drops the envelopes all over the sidewalk.

Mama restores confidence in her dejected assistant: Your momma loves you because you always try

Cowgirl talks the talk with lots of lingo such as Saddle up, Ol' Jim and Yippeee Yi Yeeee. Yippee Yi Yo She is truly a cowgirl.

My resident critics settled in for reading on the rug with expectant expressions brightening their faces. The cover of Giddy Up Cowgirl caught the attention of fourteen little people immediately. Declarations of Yee Haw and Tarnation soon had the kids giggling with delight as I read.
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You know hit on a great new kids' writer when his books include such offbeat titles as "Bubble Bath Pirates" and "Punk Farm." Now, I'm a sucker for toddler and youth books about pirates and cowgirl (not to mentionfarm punks), and author/illustrator Krosoczka has a winning storyline, eye-catching illustrations, and lots of humorous miscues in "Giddy Up, Cowgirl."

Neither rural or urban, this cowgirl's as suburban as a station wagon. However, her mind is on the range, full of expressions such as "YEE HAW!" "Saddle up, Ol' Jim! and the venerable "Yippeee Yi YEEEE! Yippee Yi Yo!" (Some Western dialects render that "Yi" as "Ki," but that must originate from a different suburb. "Cowgirl" accompanies When Momma invites "Cowgirl" to help her with some errands, Cowgirl is especially excited; after all, real cowgirls love helping. Unfortunately, Cowgirl's good-hearted intentions exceed her capabilities. Although she finds Momma's wallet beneath the feet of a rough looking feller in the bank, Cowgirl's help inadvertently results in letters flying about the sidewalk, dropped dirty clothes at the cleaners, and a lost grocery list ("Don't worry, Momma, I remember EVERYTHING on that list.") When a dozen eggs spill out onto the parking lot, Momma has already just about lost her patience, and Cowgirl has tears in her big round eyes.

This brings us to the dramatic climax: Momma giving her girl a great big hug, and reassuring her that "Accidents can happen, Cowgirl. Jusat remember, your momma loves you...because you always try." A[...] Any girl (or boy) will love that message. The kicker happens on the next page: Cowgirl opens the door of their SUV--just as a small hatchback drives by. "CRASH!" This last spread is somewhat jarring if taken too seriously, but provides a nice closing laugh.
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