Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door by Denette Fretz ~ Children's Book Review

The Next Door Series
Denette Fretz
Juvenile Fiction (ages 4-8)

IT'S a good thing Conrad brought his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit to Uncle Clint's ranch because learning how to be a cowboy turns out to be a lot harder--and more painful--than he thought. Conrad has a lot to learn--including don't squat with spurs on and never wave your red sweatshirt at a bull. But the biggest challenge of all is dealing with Imogene Louise Lathrup, the know-it-all-cowgirl next door.

In this follow-up to their debut hit Pirates on the Farm, author Denette Fretz and illustrator Gene Barretta team up once again to tell a humorous tale about what it means to love your neighbor.

My Thoughts

Like many little boys Conrad wants to be a cowboy. In order to fulfill his dream he decides to take a trip to his Uncle Clint's farm. He knows it is going to be difficult so he packs up his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid kit and heads out. 

What Conrad quickly learns is that being a cowboy is hard, not only are there many physical dangers but there are relational dangers as well. Learning to be kind and to love your neighbor may be the hardest lesson of all.

We absolutely loved Denette and Gene's first book Pirates on the Farm and are pleased to say that this second book is every bit as good. Through the use of humor the author explores what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. This is often a tough concept for little ones that aren't so keen on sharing. 

The illustrations are funny and sure to bring a smile to you and your little one's faces. But the truth that resonates throughout Conrad's adventure is one that will benefit you and your child for the rest of your lives. I recommend you get this adorable book for all the little wanna-be-cowboys in your life.

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