From School Library Journal
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 MattsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved