Monday, May 26, 2014

Book Review of "Hank the Cowdog and The Case of the Measled Cowboy"

Hank the Cowdog and The Case of the Measled Cowboy, by John R. Erickson

5 stars!!!

Description: Slim the ranch hand, Hank and his sidekick Drover, and Little Alfred are instructed to hold down the ranch when the boss leaves town for a few days. But when a blizzard strikes and Slim comes down with the measles, it’s up to Little Alfred and the dogs to take care of him and the ranch – a recipe for disaster. (Hank does all he can to clean up but alas, dogs can only lick up the edible messes.) After trying to start a fire and feed the invalid, things get even more complicated when the five year old boy drives Slim’s pickup in a rescue attempt and Slim falls asleep at the wheel! Will the sick cowboy, Little Alfred and the two dogs be able to make everything right again before Sally May returns?

Concerns: None.

Summary: This, in my opinion the best in the Hank the Cowdog series (and I’ve read most of his 50+ books) because it is such a thoroughly entertaining read! (Not to mention hilarious!) My favorite quote is when Loper says to Slim: “All you bachelors have to do is decide which kind of jelly you want on your peanut butter sandwich.” Classic.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Book review of "Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley"

Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley, by Marguerite Henry

4 stars

Description: It's not fair. The neighbors' only child has TWO horses. Molly is an only child who doesn't have any. She doesn't even have a dog, for Pete's sake. But on her tenth birthday, her parents spring a surprise -- they're taking her to an auction! Excited, overjoyed, thrilled that her dearest wish has come true, Molly heads the the auction with her head in the clouds, dreaming of the perfect little colt or filly she will be bringing home to dazzle her school friends. After years of hoping and waiting, Molly is finally going to get a horse of her own... or is she?

Concerns: None.

Summary: A well-told tale from the reigning queen-authoress of all horse stories, Sunshine is a fun story that will satisfy young horse-lovers (and especially the mournfully horseless horse-lovers) who dream of silky manes, oats, and the smell of freshly-mown hay in their own barn. Molly puts in a lot of hard work before her dream is fully accomplished, but it's the kind of work that is a reward in itself, aside from being a rewarding read!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Book Review of "Little House in the Big Woods"

Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

4.5 stars

Description: The Big Woods might be lonely, but it's never boring for young Laura and Mary Ingalls. There's housework to do, cheese-making, churning the butter, smoking the meat, and a thousand other chores to keep their house snug with food on the table. Unfortunately for Laura, she seems to hit a snag around every turn; it's so hard to be good, and Mary makes it look so easy! But despite the pretty pebbles that ruin her best dress and the disastrous argument over curls, Laura muddles through -- and in this tale, we follow the her family through fall harvesting, maple-sugaring, trips to town, and even as Ma slaps a bear (eeeek!). 

Concerns: One song lyric struck me as racially inappropriate.

Summary: Everybody has heard of the little Ingalls girls growing up in their log cabin, but how many know what a spunky character Laura really was? Aside from the fascinating anecdotes about life with no electricity, her story is hilarious to anybody familiar with cranky kids. Young Laura is no angel, and her memoirs don't sugarcoat her attitude or the spankings she so richly deserved! This isn't a suspenseful or action-packed read, but it is a lovely story and very engaging.