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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (August 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374317917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374317911
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4-After finding 32 fleas in his hair and tumbleweeds in his chaps, a freckle-faced cowboy decides that it's time for his annual bath. He mounts his horse, calls for his old dog, and heads for El Rio. There he disrobes and commands his companion to guard his duds. After frolicking merrily with a bar of soap (the amusing illustrations show many views of the naked cowboy bathing, while still keeping a G rating), he emerges thoroughly scrubbed and puckered "like a prickly pear." The dog does not detect his owner's familiar "wild boar-like smell" and stubbornly refuses to relinquish the garments. A dust-stirring brawl ensues that leaves the man as dirty as when he started, ultimately restoring his usual aroma. Unfortunately, the togs do not survive the tussle, and the cowboy heads for home, "bare as a shorn sheep." Told in descriptive language that rolls off the tongue, this story makes the most of a humorous situation. Filled with the dusty reds and sundown bronzes of the New Mexico setting, the paintings have a gritty, sinewy look that matches the earthy tone of the tale. Clever touches abound, as the artwork offers framed close-ups of the cowboy's uninvited vermin, a map of his route to the river, and whirling views of the wrestling match. The hangdog expression on the pooch's face when he realizes his mistake is priceless. A fun look at life on the range.
Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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K-Gr. 2. A cowboy decides to take his yearly bath, so he heads to a nearby river, where he orders his scruffy dog to guard his clothes. When the cowboy returns from the river, he's so clean that the dog doesn't recognize him. The two get into an extended fracas, leaving the cowboy as filthy as ever and the clothes in tatters. Naked and dirty, the cowboy finally returns home, the dog trotting beside him. For some children, the appeal of this story is in the clever composition of the pictures that manages to conceal the cowboy's private bits. Rex's rich paintings add sparkle to the story's dramatic telling with the attention to detail and humor that may remind some grownups of Norman Rockwell's early work. A simple, slapstick tale that is sure to elicit some giggles. Todd Morning
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It's both naughty and nice.
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We bought this book for our grandson, but have each already read it a couple of times.
Daniel D. Abbate
The illustrator, Adam Rex has captured Ms. Timberlake's story with accuracy and humor.
Foster Billingsley

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Foster Billingsley on September 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Dirty cowboy is a family story that has been handed down to the author, Amy Timberlake. I found it to be well written and loaded with humor. It's evident that this story was written with love and respect for great story telling. It's hard to believe this is Ms. Timberlake's first published work.
The illustrator, Adam Rex has captured Ms. Timberlake's story with accuracy and humor. His illustrations remind me of the early artwork of Norman Rockwell.
This book is not only for the young but the young at heart. Even at the age of 39, this book is a must have on my book shelf!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"The Dirty Cowboy" is a representation of a story that was told to the author by either his father or grandfather. It is absolutely hilarious. Between the author's wonderful way of telling tall tails and some f the best illustrations I have seen in a children's book recent, we have a very fine read here. The nice thing about this work is that it can be enjoyed by young and old a like...it truly is funny!

A lone cowboy with only his dog and his horse lived in a small tin-roofed shack on the New Mexico range, taking care of longhorns. One morning, after the cowboy noted that his hair housed thirty-two fleas and a small gray spider and that he had tumbleweeds in his chaps and that flies were flocking around his body to the extent that he has hearing loss in his left ear and that the cowboy's stench struck to passersby like mud splashed from a wagon wheel; our lonely cowboy decides he had better take a bath. (This guy really was very, very dirty).

After a long trip the cowboy, his horse and his dog finally find the river. The dog is told "Dawg" he said, "No one touches these clothes but me. Hear?" And the cowboy enters the river for his bath. He becomes very, very clean, top of his head to the tip of his toes. All is well

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The cowboy gets out of the river and attempts to put his cloths back on...things go horribly wrong at this point. The dog, whose name happens to be Eustace Shackelford Montana does not recognize his friend...he simply does not smell like his cowboy!

Our young hero tries everything to no avail and finally figures he must fight the dog for his clothing...and why not as he figures the dog only has two teeth left anyway. And the two go at it; at it to the point they whip up a terrible dust storm....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Dawson on September 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old thinks that this is the greatest book ever written. The story is engaging and the illustrations are priceless. My husband and I would read this story even if we didn't have kids. It's awfully hard not to like the dirty cowboy or his dog.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol on January 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Amy Timberlake's Dirty Cowboy is now my favorite picture book. I have started using this as a read aloud for my students at school and they love the illustrations!

The Cowboy goes to take his yearly bath at the creek only to find that once he is super clean his "Dawg" no longer recognizes him. It is a humorous tale as the Cowboy and Dawg fight for the clothing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 2003
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This is a story that any little aspiring cowboy would love. It is cleverly written with higher level vocabulary for all readers. THis cowboy takes his yearly bath and gets so clean that his dog who was told to guard his clothes hardly recognizes him. Refusing to give the cowboy back his clothes, the dog starts a rough and tumble ruckus that ends up with a happy dog who finally gets his dirty, smelly cowboy back.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel D. Abbate on September 4, 2003
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A humorous, well written book about a cowboy and his dog, and the pictures allow the story to come to life. We bought this book for our grandson, but have each already read it a couple of times. Since it's going to be a Christmas gift, we're hoping it doesn't show wear by the time we give it to him. What a combination Adam and Amy make! The art and writing work together as though one is watching a live presentation of the story. We hope to see more from these two, for childrens' enjoyment, as well as our own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2003
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What a great book! Timberlake's dazzling wordsmithery set my tongue ablaze as I read it to my 3-year old companion. He loved Rex's intricate and entertaining art, especially the bugs, the snakes, the chaps-dwelling tumbleweed, and the lion; that is what he thought the dog looked like. The colloquialisms and regional dialect used in the book made it so much more interesting than a book filled with plain old everyday fare.
Thoroughly enjoyable, a book we will read again & again. I so look forward to more from this author and the artist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Lynn on March 26, 2013
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I ordered this book to read to my first grade class. Unfortunately, I won't be able to because of the illustrations. The cowboy is half-naked in most of the book. I am very disappointed.
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