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BUCKAMOO GIRLS by Ellen A. Kelley


by Ellen A. Kelley & illustrated by Tom Curry

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-8109-5471-0
Publisher: Abrams

Saddle up for an udderly hilarious parody about two cows’ fantasy of being cowgirls for a day. The staccato rhyming text is merely a vehicle for the outrageously comic illustrations that transform cows, Joanna and Susanna, into cowgirls. They don fringed skirts, vests, boots and spurs and ride off to rope steers, ride bulls at the rodeo and eat clover chili at the chuck wagon. “Sit tall, / moo strong. / Drive the herd / now, git along!” The nose-to-nose close-ups of the wide-eyed cowgirls and the bull are guaranteed to produce giggles: “Snortin’ bull, / sharp horn. / Bucked off, / britches torn.” These buckamoo girls are bovine divine: “won’t you . . . dance by the light of the moooooon?” (Picture book. 5-8)