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LET'S SING A LULLABY WITH THE BRAVE COWBOY by Jan Thomas Kirkus Star

LET'S SING A LULLABY WITH THE BRAVE COWBOY

By Jan Thomas (Author) , Jan Thomas (Illustrator)

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4424-4276-4
Publisher: Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster

Silliness abounds as a not-very-bright, not-very-brave cowboy croons his cows to sleep.

Once again, Thomas, a master at working nonsensical mayhem with her characters, succeeds in this variation of a goodnight story. A guitar-strumming cowboy has the best of intentions when he begins his lullaby to two sleepy cows. Alas, he is too easily frightened by visions of spiders, snakes and bears, but the cows reassure him. When real danger approaches in the shape of a wolf, the clueless cowboy thinks it is just a bunny rabbit. The cows know better—or do they? Thomas uses her signature style of digitally rendered comic art to create a passel of endearing characters. Their very expressive faces, outlined in bold strokes of black, stand out against the intense blues and purples of the desert background. Speech bubbles with exploding type add to the bedlam. Don’t save this for bedtime to share.

A terrific story to read and sing, with a most satisfying finale. (Picture book. 2-6)