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 Cow boy is not a cowboy
 Author: Barrington, Gregory

 Publisher:  Harper (2020)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 093760 ISBN: 9780062891365
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Bulls -- Fiction
 Goats -- Fiction
 Cowboys -- Fiction
 Farms -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Domestic animals -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Goat Girl--an adventurous goat--lives on Humdrum Farm, a place where everything is ordinary, and she's looking for some excitement. When she meets Merle--a bull--she mistakes him for a cowboy since he's both a cow and a boy. Cowboys aren't ordinary so Goat Girl can't wait to introduce herself. An annoyed Merle insists he's not a cowboy. But will this not-a-cowboy change his mind when his rootin'-tootin' dream has a chance to come true?

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.90
   Points: .5   Quiz: 517466

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Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2020 PreS-Gr 2—A great lesson in individuality delivered in a charming fashion. Humdrum Farm is just what one would expect—boring. Chickens lay average eggs; pigs roll in the mud (but only when necessary), and the goats eat tasteless rice cakes. Enter Goat Girl—the antithesis of dull. She's into French cooking, likes to dress up as a dinosaur, and enjoys riding in a hot air balloon over the countryside. When Goat Girl meets Merle, an exceedingly dull bull, she is smitten. She instantly starts calling him "cowboy" despite the fact that Merle insists that he is not adventurous nor brave, and has a suspicion that he is allergic to horses. There is no way that this cow, who is a boy, is in fact, a cowboy. However, fate has other plans for Merle and when some chickens attempt to cross the road, Merle is forced to channel his inner cowboy and save the day. VERDICT This picture book debut is a must have for all collections. The colorful digital illustrations are full of humor and children will fall in love with Goat Girl and her joie de vivre.—Amy Nolan, St. Joseph P.L., MI - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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