Book Review: Conrad And The Cowgirl Next Door

24 Dec

723493“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.

51dlRgGbyOL._UX250_Denette Fretz is a first grade teacher whose passion is crafting inventive, engaging stories that encourage life-application of biblical principles. Fretz resides in Oregon with her husband, two teenage children, a sassy cat, and a spastic Jack-A-Bee.


614g-o28pRL._UX250_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.


My Impressions:

Conrad is a city boy spending the summer on his uncle’s ranch. What Conrad lacks in experience he makes up for with enthusiasm and a BIG first aid kit! But when confronted with a know-it-all neighbor, Conrad’s excitement and patience are sorely tested. In Conrad And The Cowgirl Next Door, Denette Fretz explores loving your neighbor, even if and especially when they are of the annoying type. Poor Conrad has to learn the rules of being a cowboy the hard way. His neighbor, Imogene Louise looks smugly on while he maneuvers the hazards of ranch life. But when she is faced with her own embarrassment and injury, Conrad responds with grace and compassion. A fun story to share with children ages 4-8, the colorful illustrations in Conrad And The Cowgirl Next Door point to the action of the story. And for all those new vocabulary words that are introduced (chuck wagon, greenhorn) there are fun and poetical definitions. A concluding letter to parents includes tips on treating everyone as our neighbor.

Perfect for teaching what it looks like to love your neighbor, Conrad And The Cowgirl Next Door is recommended for the cowboy or cowgirl in your life.


Audience: children ages 4-8.

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a review copy of this book. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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