Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door by Denette FretzConrad and the Cowgirl Next Door by Denette Fretz

Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door

byDenette FretzIllustratorGene Barretta

Hardcover | September 2, 2014

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"I hear that becoming a cowboy can be dangerous. Especially if you don't know the rules.

I don't know the rules."

It's a good thing Conrad brought his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit to Uncle Clint's ranch because learning how to be a cowboy turns out to be a lot harder-and more painful-than he thought. Conrad has a lot to learn - including don't squat with spurs on and never wave your red sweatshirt at a bull. But the biggest challenge of all is dealing with Imogene Louise Lathrup, the know-it-all-cowgirl next door. When Imogene shows up, she is all too happy to point out Conrad's shortcomings. In this follow-up to their  debut hit Pirates on the Farm, author Denette Fretz and illustrator Gene Barretta team up once again to tell a humorous tale about what it means to love your neighbor.

Denette Fretz's passion is creating imaginative, engaging stories that help children understand and apply biblical principles. A veteran elementary educator, Fretz resides in Medford, Oregon with her husband, two teenage children, a sassy cat, and a spastic Jack-A-Bee.
Title:Conrad and the Cowgirl Next DoorFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 9.38 × 9.25 × 0.38 inPublished:September 2, 2014Publisher:ZonderkidzLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310723493

ISBN - 13:9780310723493


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have Book Read in September, 2014 When I read this book with my 8 year old, I knew from experience what was coming; Conrad had better out smart that girl next door. He began giggling looking at the front picture of Conrad being dragged by a pig. What a great way to draw children in, and the bright colors were a great add. A delightful story, and my boy loved it, and he was laughing at some of the antics to become a cowboy. He enjoyed that Conrad had that Mega Ultimate Extreme everything. He was hysterical at adding a little bit of hot sauce, or should we say mega amount! There are some great lessons here, and the main one being forgive your enemies. What a great directive for everyone. He had a great time with the poems at the end, and wanted to go back over the story and the delightful illustrations. What a great book to add to your children?s collection! I received this book from the Publisher Zonderkidz and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2014-09-22

Editorial Reviews

'Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.' Young Conrad is determined to master the art of becoming a cowboy. After all, what more do you need than a Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit and a horse? Horse he has not, but he does have next-door neighbor Imogene, a ginger-haired coquette who takes a particular delight in pointing out each and every one of Conrad's flaws with appropriate aphorisms. A lassoed pig takes him for a ride? 'When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.' Despite her assurances that he'll never measure up, Conrad remains optimistic. And even when Imogene purchases the very horse he yearns for, he is willing to lend her a hand when she takes a well-deserved tumble. Fretz apparently intends to give voice to the notion of everyday forgiveness, but rather than drown readers in didacticism, she's written a rootin', tootin' ranch tale, complete with an amusing 'Vocabulary Poetical' selection of poems at the back of the book. Barretta picks up on Fretz's high-spirited text, though some of his choices may give readers pause. For example, the villain's snide dialogue pairs oddly with the doe-eyed little moppet Barretta has chosen to illustrate. Nonetheless, fans of the wrangling way of life will find themselves much attached to Conrad and his true blue cowboy heart. (Picture book. 4-7)