Cow Boy Is Not a Cowboy by Gregory Barrington

Published by HarperCollins

Cow Boy Is NOT a Cowboy by Gregory Barrington, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble®

Summary:  Not much happens on Humdrum Farm, where the hens lay extraordinarily average eggs and the pigs only roll in the mud when necessary.  The only exception is Goat Girl, who loves French cooking and invents her own games.  When she stumbles upon Merle the bull, the oldest animal on the farm, she’s sure she has found a kindred spirit.  Merle, however, is convinced he’s as humdrum as the rest of the animals, and refuses to admit he’s the cowboy that Goat Girl says he is.  But Goat Girl doesn’t know that Merle once harbored dreams of being a cowboy.  When the chickens escape and start heading to cross the road for the Other Side Café, it turns out to be Merle who lives up to his dreams and saves the day.  The next day, it’s back to humdrum business as usual on the farm…except out in the pasture where Goat Girl and Cow Boy are having a decidedly un-humdrum good time.  40 pages; ages 3-8.

Pros:  I laughed out loud a couple times, and kids will undoubtedly have the same reaction.  The illustrations are at least as funny as the story, and the “Be yourself” message is delivered with an exceedingly light hand.

Cons:  I was sad that Merle had given up on his dreams for so many years.

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