READ and HEAR edition: Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door, the second book in “The Next Door Series,” tells the tale of a young boy whose biggest challenge during his summer of cowboy training is the know-it-all-cowgirl next door. Conrad can’t wait to start cowboy training at his Uncle Clint’s ranch, but he soon realizes he has a lot to learn – including don’t squat with spurs on and never wave your red sweatshirt at a bull. To make matter worse, Imogene Louise Lathrup, the cowgirl next door, shows up and is all too happy to point out Conrad’s shortcomings. In the follow-up to their smash hit Pirates on the Farm, author Denette Fretz and illustrator Gene Barretta team up once again to tell a humorous tale about loving your neighbor.
Kids will enjoy the cowboy terminology in the back of the book, while parents will appreciate the letter from the author that includes questions that encourage discussion about what loving your neighbor really means.