by Maripat Perkins, illustrated by Molly Idle
Peachtree Publishers, 2015
Take yourself out on the ranch with Rodeo Red. This perfect read-aloud is fun-fun-fun to share.
Rodeo Red and her best friend Rusty were “happier than two buttons on a new shirt…until Sideswiping Slim showed up.” (baby brother) She knew right away he was trouble, but the Sheriff and her Deputy seemed smitten. As the months wore on, Slim started moving into her territory and then he stole ole’ Rusty! When she tried to remove Rusty from Slim’s clutches, Rodeo Red is the one to get into trouble! Fortunately, City Slicker Aunt Sal sent a sissified simpleton (white stuffed cat) and Red knew she had her answer.
Red’s voice carries this story and combined with soft pastels showing lots of expression, this book will want to be read again and again.