Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
The Dirty Cowboy

The Dirty Cowboy

Fall 2003 Picture Books
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Author: Amy Timberlake
Illustrator: Adam Rex
ISBN: 0-374-31791-7
Hardcover Price: $16.00
A freckled cowboy decides "this ol' boy needs a bath," seeing as to how he's found 32 fleas in his hair and tumbleweeds in his chaps. He takes his dawg to the El Rio River and instructs him to not let anyone touch the clothes. The cowboy has a good scrub; but when he returns, his half-blind dawg doesn't recognize him without his usual sweaty wild boar and cow scent. A big old tussle ensues, and the clothes are destroyed. Dawg finally recognizes the newly grimy cowboy who is forced to walk home "naked as a nickel."

This first time duo of Timberlake and Rex is a perfect match. The painted illustrations are slightly exaggerated and totally hilarious. Children will giggle at all the ways the cowboy's unmentionables are hidden from view. A sure winner for reluctant bathers and cowboy lovers.

Tim Capehart   ©2003 Parents' Choice
Tim Capehart, a Children's Librarian, has served on library staffs in Kentucky, Massachusetts and Ohio. TIm often reads books out loud to his two cats, who prefer picture books without dogs.

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