Friday, June 13, 2008

Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp

Fleming, Denise. 2008. Buster goes to cowboy camp. New York: Henry Holt.

A cute picture book for anyone who has ever had to leave a pet at the kennel or go away to camp. Buster, a pointy-nosed red dog (craftily illustrated in "pulp painting"), must go away to Sagebrush Kennels because "Brown Shoes was going away for a weekend of rest and relation." Betty, the cat, "was staying with Mrs. Pink Slippers next door. Mrs. Pink Slippers loved cats. Mrs. Pink Slippers did not feel the same way about dogs."

The story is cleverly told from sad-eyed Buster's view - humans are nothing but shoes and pants, Red Boots runs the Cowboy Camp. Other dogs are bigger, faster, or more skilled. Buster is homesick; but of course, not for long!

A uniquely written and illustrated story - full of "cowpoke" words.

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