________________ CM . . . . Volume XI Number 7 . . . . November 26, 2004

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Ride ‘Em, Cowboy.

Stefan Czernecki.
Vancouver, BC: Simply Read Books, 2004.
48 pp., cloth, $22.95.
ISBN 1-894965-06-X.

Subject Heading:
Cowboys-Juvenile fiction.

Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 4-7.

Review by Liz Greenaway.

** /4

excerpt:

Giddeee-up!

Cowboys saddle up their horses.

Ride out on the range.

Cloppety clop!

Twirls their ropes in the air.

Yippee yiyo kiyay!

Round up the cows. Hoo-ay!

Rope little dogies.

Ok.

Brand the new calves.

It don't hurt 'em they say.

Ride 'Em, Cowboy is a look at a day in the life of a cowboy from award-winning author and illustrator Stefan Czernecki. The book follows the cowboy from waking -- at the moment that the rooster crows -- through to hitting the hay after a day of branding cows and a night of dancing. The text is lyrical, though it doesn't always flow easily, and the graphics make it hard to follow at times.

internal art

     The "illustrations" are made up of wooden folk art and handcrafted props in make-believe scenarios. While charming, the illustrations are static to the extent that reading the book is a very flat experience. There is not enough going on to engage readers nor to take them further into the text. The cowboys and horses are certainly artistic and whimsical; however, the illustrations don't come alive or in any way illuminate a day in the life of a real cowboy. The whole thing seems too make-believe.

     Stefan Czernecki is certainly talented, but the result in this case is not a book to captivate the young audience as it is intended. Most libraries could pass on Ride 'Em, Cowboy.

Recommended with Reservations.

Liz Greenaway has worked in bookselling and publishing and now resides in Edmonton, AB.

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