Tuesday, April 21, 2015
#Review: Rodeo Red by Maripat Perkins/Illustrated by Molly Idle #atozchallenge
Rodeo Red and her hound dog Rusty are happier than two buttons on a new shirt… until Side Swiping Slim shows up. Red is sure that anyone who hollers that much will be hauled to the edge of town and told to skedaddle, but her parents seem smitten. When that scallywag sets his eye on Rusty, Rodeo Red had better figure out a way to save her best friend in all the world. Can she make a bargain with a varmint?
Nothing is harder on kids than when another kid comes into the family, worse yet, to take toys! This is the case for Red when she gets a new baby brother who takes her beloved hound dog.
I enjoyed watching Red try to figure out how to get her toy back even though she ended up in time out aka a jail cell which was the kitchen chair. The solution does eventually falls in her lap but it is the ingenuity that helps her.
The book is written in a western kind of vibe complete with roping things and riding on a horse of the rocking variety. The book is told in first person by Rodeo Red who speaks in a western language. For example: wrestling up some grub and Slide Swiping Slim, the varmint. It is all very cute and a unique way to write.
The illustrations are done in such a way that they give the old west kind of feel which adds to the book. Rodeo Red is dressed in cowgirl outfit right down to her boots.
I would recommend this book be read with a parent who has a new child in the house. Children will get the concept of the book but may need some direction in what is appropriate behavior.
All in all, this book gets a 4 star from me and a ye-haw!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon
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