- Hardcover: 184 pages
- Publisher: WiDo Publishing (October 21, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937178102
- ISBN-13: 978-1937178109
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,743,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Super Cowboy Rides Hardcover – October 21, 2011
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About the Author
Daris Howard, an award-winning author and playwright, grew up on an Idaho farm. He has worked as a cowboy, a mechanic, in farming and in the timber industry. He is now a college math professor. In his wide range of experience, he has associated with many colorful characters who form a basis for his writing. Daris Howard has had plays translated into German and French, and his plays have been performed in many countries around the world. For many years, Howard has written a popular column called LIFE'S OUTTAKES, that consists of weekly short stories, and is published in various newspapers and magazines in the US and Canada. Daris and his wife Donna have ten children. He and his family have enjoyed running a summer community theater for many years.
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Tommy has enough siblings to help him out or get him in trouble, and his brother Albert is always masterminding these harebrained schemes, like capturing the wild cats to use for his parachute protocol. In the end, Albert always slinks off and leaves Tommy holding the bag.
And then there’s the time they try to get Tommy to ride the meanest cow in the heard….
Tommy also has plenty of imagination…usually least where he needs to, like in church. I particularly liked this chapter, because I can understand the pain of sitting in church. Who else but Tommy can go into the lion’s den? Of course, this requires having a way out…there are plenty of shoestrings here…
Tommy is very good at storytelling, and he uses things his older brothers have said before in appropriate situations…although they’re not appropriate sayings! The telephone has a certain ring to it, and Tommy likes to pick up when it is not the ring for the Johnsons. He likes listening in on Lisa and Jack’s conversations, and adding to them. Lisa hates it. Jack loves it. And then Tommy does Jack a huge favor one day when he butts in on these conversations.
There’s also a serious side to this middle grades book. Tommy goes to school, and he doesn’t like it one bit. He can’t read, everyone calls him dumb, and he’s picked on each day by the schoolyard gang. There is the loss of a good person who is close to the Johnson family. Tommy shows readers what it is to have empathy and sympathy for another person. Tommy also loses on of his best friends, hurt purposefully by the bully.
Despite all of the wrongdoings Tommy experiences at the hand of the school bully and his gang, Tommy finds a way to incorporate them into the new schoolyard way. He shows compassion and doesn’t let his anger and resentment stand in the way.
I loved this book. It is a great example of what it is like to grow up, even though now things are quite different. Tommy is a lovable character who is quiet humorous in his own right. I laughed out loud several times while reading this book, and I enjoyed all of Tommy’s adventures and mishaps.
Daris has a great flair for writing. The book is an excellent world of boyhood tales and comical insights of youth.
Children will love this book, and gain a better understanding of how to address bullying issues while having fun reading this at the same time. Adults will find this a great fun book too. I really enjoyed this book, it was a great escape from the realities of adult life and was nice to be reminded what fun can be had from life.
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In the beginning, the stories were so funny, I laughed so hard I cried!Read more