I've said it many times, but I love reviewing books. I especially love reviewing children's books because then my kids get to enjoy as well! "Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door," written by Denette Fretz and illustrated by Gene Barretta, is a great addition to my kids' library!
First of all, the illustrations are fun, colorful, and adorable! Little Conrad has the sweetest little face and looks precious in his giant cowboy hat! Imogene looks like a little know-it-all, and yet she's precious. - She's a perfect illustration of a little child who just hasn't learned yet that always telling people what they are doing wrong may not make you many friends.
The writing is sweet, simple, and funny. I particularly liked this hilarious page about an important cowboy rule: "Do not squat with spurs on." Haha!
But more than just a cute, funny little children's book, this story has a few very important morals. (I love a book that my kids and I can read and then discuss the life lessons in it.) Here are some things to discuss from Conrad ad the Cowgirl Next Door:
1.) Being a "know-it-all" won't win you lots of friends.
2.) We shouldn't just discount someone's advice simply because they're acting like a "know-it-all." After all, they may be right sometimes!
3.) And the last lesson in the book: "Forgive your enemies. It messes with their heads." Not to spoil the end of the book, but Conrad learns that when you're nice to an enemy, you might "mess up their head" in a good way - causing them to change their behavior a bit.
All in all, I loved this little book! The cover says that its part of "The Next Door Series." From what I can tell, Conrad is the second book in the series. The first one is called "Pirates on the Farm" and if its as good as "Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door," I may just order it! :)
I received a copy of this book free of charge from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.