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Toughest Cowboy (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) Hardcover – August 1, 2004

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Kindergarten-Grade 4–Tall tales this enjoyable are hard to find. Grizz Brickbottom, toughest cowboy in the West, yearns for a companion and convinces his cattle-rustling cohorts that they need a dog to help with the work. When the local saloon goes out of business, the proprietor puts up a sign offering a free dog to a good home. Unexpectedly, it's a miniature poodle named Foofy. Although the pup is afraid of cows and won't chase away mountain lions, she provides complete amusement for the cowpokes because she catches flying tin dinner plates in her mouth. Children will revel in the descriptive language ("Don't squat with your spurs on") and exaggerated metaphors and similes. Gross visual and verbal jokes abound ("S'not the point"). The oil-rendered paintings are spot-on renditions of the Wild West and will transport the audience to the Big Sky Country of the 1860s. Close-ups of faces are larger than life. Readers will return to this one again and again to catch all of the humor and nuances of both the text and illustrations. A strong first purchase that is suited to independent reading and sharing aloud.–Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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Gr. 1-3. Grizz Brickbottom is tough all right. He flosses with barbed wire and drinks a quart of Tabasco sauce each day. But even the toughest cowboy gets a hankerin' fer some unconditional lovin,' so Grizz heads into town to get hisself . . . a dog! Course, this bein' a wacky kids' book, the dog he gets is . . . a miniature poodle. Well, sir, things is never the same on the once-wild frontier. Grizz's pardners--Chuck Wagon, Lariat, and Bald Mountain--may hoot 'n' holler, but before you can say "spit," they've been tamed, too. Pullen's outrageously rude pictures are a mix of cartoon and caricature, but like Frank's text, they owe a great debt to Mel Brooks' movie Blazing Saddles. Mercifully, Pullen's cowpokes don't eat beans around a campfire, but they sure do pick their noses a lot! Michael Cart
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Series: Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689834616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689834615
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ginger on November 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
When my son pointed out this book in the bookstore, I started glancing through and then couldn't put it down. The illustrations are amazing, but the story is very funny and clever. The author uses puns and such gruff character names and traits along with a sweet little poodle, and weaves a really delightful story. The little poodle looks exactly like our neighbor's dog, so we bought two copies - one for them and one for us.

I think my husband and I have read it to our boys at least 10 times - and each time we find something new. For example, last night my son noticed that the sign SALOON had an O painted over to make the SALON sign (which I don't want to give any more away about). Even my grandfather (who had been a cowboy) loved it when we read it to him. He said the illustrations were very accurate. It's just a super book. We'll be giving it often for birthday and holiday presents this year.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Zelda on August 14, 2004
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I've read a variety of western books to my students, but this one is going to be a favorite! It came highly recommended by both a school librarian and a friend that works in a children's bookstore, so I had to get a copy and read it. If you are looking for a book with codgery cowpokes, a poodle, and lots of laughs, this is a book for you. Primary school age children will love the story line and characters. Older children and adults will enjoy the puns and humor. The illustrations are detailed, old west, and funky fun.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Angelfish on November 6, 2004
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We've never come across a children's story that made everyone in our family laugh as much as this one did. The writing is witty and imaginative, and the pictures are absolutely gorgeous. We can only hope the author and illustrator pair up for another book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Assoc. Professor of English on January 21, 2005
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Dense with rich narrative language, crackling dialogue, stunning art and sidesplitting humor, this enormously entertaining western stands apart from the rest of the herd. The text is longer than that of most picture books, but it's all muscle and no fat; there's nary a wasted word. Many of the students in my undergraduate children's-literature course are headed for a career in elementary education, and all of them ought to include this title in their future classroom libraries.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Murray on June 19, 2005
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I bought this book because of the reviews given here on Amazon... I am SO GLAD I DID! What a treasure! (You must read this in your best Southern Texas Drawl.) You will be in stiches. I'm recommending this book to everyone I know and will be giving it for all the birthdays this year.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KK from PA on January 16, 2006
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What a clever, fun, and unexpected gem of a story. You could not ask for a better blend of humor and storyline to keep a child riveted and laughing all at the same time. I am so happy we got this one and hope John Frank will write some more! The illustrations are marvelous and augment the story beautifully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jilly on October 28, 2013
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I was introduced to this book by a librarian friend who read it to me, ala children's reading time, for my 57th birthday :) In addition to being the most unique present I've ever received, it planted the seed that I must own this book for myself! The story is adorable and very funny, and the illustrations are extraordinary. I read it to my whole family while on vacation and everyone of all ages enjoyed it. This book is delightful on so many levels. Just looking at the pictures makes you happy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucia on October 23, 2010
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We got this book out of the library and it ended up being one of our favorites during its 2 week stint and I plan on buying it for my son for Christmas. Get over some of the gross humor (picking noses and such)- which i am sure older kids will find hysterical, and just enjoy this unique and strange and beautifully illustrated tale about 3 rough , tough men tamed by a little poodle!
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