The Gingerbread Cowboy
Author: Janet Squires
Illustrator: Holly Berry
Publisher: HarperCollins, 2006
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is a favorite of OutWest's patrons. Click the link above for an article about her sharing her story during Buckaroo Story Time at OutWest.
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"PreSchool-Grade 3-A delightful, infectiously cheeryful, Southwestern rendition of a familiar story. Phrases used to describe biscuits, such as plump pillows, soft as clouds, and tasty as a big Texas barbecue, just roll off the tongue. Bow-legged and dressed in a vest, boots, hat, and a big belt buckle, the Gingerbread Cowboy teases: "Giddyup, giddyup as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man" and includes an added refrain, and "raced away as fast as his boots could carry him". The lively text demands to be read aloud.
The illustrations are bold: while the rancher and his wife look a bit flat, and the expressions of the cattle are cookie-cuter perfect, the Cowboy contorts his body expressively, and the coyote is infinitely sly. The orangey-brown land and sparse green cacti convey a sense of desolation, but the colorful crowd of animals and cowboys stands out dramatically against the parched landscape. Berry plays with point of view as the various figures trade levels of prominence. The rancher's wife bakes, almost lassos the clever coyote, and later instructs the creature on how to make his own Gingerbread Cowboy. A fresh version of an old favorite."
-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA
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Click small inset photo to enlarge photos. Pictures are from 2010 Buckaroo Story Time, 2014 Buckaroo Book Shop and 2015 Buckaroo Book Shop with poet Andria Kidd and "Girls and Gunsmoke" moderator and panelists (L-R) Joyce Fitzpatrick, Margatet Brownley, Mikki Daniel, and Janet Squires. Additional pictures of Janet on the radio, "The Writer's Block Radio Show" with Jim Christina and Bobbi Jean. Scroll down for Purveyors Picks