Friday, August 29, 2014

Children's Book Review: Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door by Denette Fretz , illus. by Gene Barretta (giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Zondervan Publishing, via Booklook Bloggers Programs , for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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And now for a fun kids book that will have you 
and you child laughing out loud!

Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door cover


“I hear that becoming a cowboy can be dangerous. Especially if you don't know the rules.
I don’t know the rules.”
It’s a good thing Conrad brought his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit to Uncle Clint’s ranch because learning how to be a cowboy turns out to be a lot harder—and more painful—than he thought. Conrad has a lot to learn – including don’t squat with spurs on and never wave your red sweatshirt at a bull. But the biggest challenge of all is dealing with Imogene Louise Lathrup, the know-it-all-cowgirl next door. When Imogene shows up, she is all too happy to point out Conrad’s shortcomings. 
In this follow-up to their  debut hit Pirates on the Farm, author Denette Fretz and illustrator Gene Barretta team up once again to tell a humorous tale about what it means to love your neighbor.


We hadn't read the first book, but I don't think it was necessary to have, as this book stands on it's own! It is an adorable tale perfect for kids ages 4-9. For younger kids, they will enjoy having it read to them, the older kids will enjoy reading it themselves, as Miss Grace did! For kids like Miss Grace, who addicted to band-aids and doctoring bobos, they will instantly relate to Conrad! Course Miss Grace declared Imogene was TOTALLY like her! I think it had something to do with the braids in her horse's hair and the pink cowboy boots! It is a charming tale of learning to get along and forgive, and to learn some hard rules ("never sit while wearing spurs"). Miss Grace isn't quite sure she wants to go on a dude ranch vacation now,as she sees it can be pretty hard work! But we'll cross that bridge later! LOL We laughed our way through the book and she adored the cowboy poetry pages at the back. She gives it a high five, and we highly recommend it for gift giving to your favorite buckaroos!

About the Author:
Denette Fretz's passion is creating imaginative, engaging stories that help children understand and apply biblical principles. A veteran elementary educator, Fretz resides in Medford, Oregon with her husband, two teenage children, a sassy cat, and a spastic Jack-A-Bee. Check out her website for more info!
About the Illustrator:
Gene Barretta is an award-winning author and illustrator of several children's books. His awards include The 2007 Carolyn W. Field Award from the Pennsylvania Library Association. Gene began his career as an illustrator for other authors before releasing his first manuscript in 2006, "Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin." Before he entered the publishing world, Gene completed several animated films for Sesame Street and illustrated for the show Between The Lions.
He has also designed characters for The Jim Henson Company. He currently resides outside of Philadelphia, PA with his wife, Leslie and son, Benjamin.


Through Sept 2, you can enter to win a copy of this adorable book, on the Goodreads website (if you're a member)!

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