COWBOY BOY by James Proimos

COWBOY BOY

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Age Range: 10 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Tackling the ever-popular Bully Problem, Proimos sends a freshly minted sixth-grader up against not only an eighth-grader of whom even the Principal’s wary, but the tough clique sitting at the back of the school bus to boot. Hardly has Ricky V. (for “Very Afraid”) Smootz set foot on the grounds of Richard M. Nixon Middle School than he’s endowed with a super wedgie by infamous, left-back-seven-times Keanu Dungston. Inspired by Grandma’s tales of how his rootin’ tootin’ ancestor Crazy Enzio used brains rather than brawn to overcome adversity, Smootz changes outfits and persona, to become superhero Cowboy Boy. After winning over the bus crowd with a barrage of gastrointestinal jokes, he brings Dungston to his knees, not with force, but by brandishing a devastating photo of the punk as a toddler. Tucking plenty of cartoony drawings of characters with radical ’dos and severe overbites into his easy-reading text, the author dishes up a daffy, painless lesson, and leaves his young buckaroo poised for further exploits. (Fiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-439-41681-7
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2003




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