For young cowboys and little scientists, an ARE YOU MY MOTHER? for the 21st century!
For his birthday, Roy's freinds give him a saddle and some very specific instructions:
1. Find a horse.
2. Enjoy the ride!
But there's a problem; Roy doesn't know what a horse IS! So he sets off to find out with hilarious results: A snake tells him to look for a creature with legs. A crab has six legs, but he's too unfriendly to be a horse. A chameleon smiles at Roy, but horses don't change color... What's a horseless cowboy to do?
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Andy Rash was born on a mountain top in Tennessee and raised in the small polymer town of Kingsport, where all green plastic soda bottles come from. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design during a rather rocky period in that school's history, and a Masters of Fine Art at the School of Visual Arts in New York while things seemed to be going relatively smoothly. Since graduating, Andy has been a freelance illustrator, working for many national magazines and newspapers. He has also taught illustration at the School of Visual Arts.
In addition, Andy finds himself at the beginning of a remarkable career in children's books. His first picture book, The Robots Are Coming, an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, was published by Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic. He also illustrated Daniel Pinkwater's Fat Camp Commandos and Fat Camp Commandos Go West, and his second picture book, Agent A to Agent Z for Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic.
Kindergarten-Grade 3—This humorous picture book requires a total suspension of disbelief. The premise that a man wearing Western clothing and sitting in a saloon does not know what to do with a saddle he receives for his birthday is delightfully silly. The instructions that accompany the gift advise him to "1. Find a horse 2. Enjoy the ride." However, the man does not know what a horse is so he asks a red wagon, "Are you a horse?" "'Nope, I'm an old wagon,' said the wagon. 'A horse is a living thing.'" He asks a cactus the same question, and it replies, "I bristle at the thought! I'm a cactus. A horse is an animal." Then he queries various animals absurdly found in the same habitat: a snake, a crab, a lion, and a zebra. The crab declares, "I'll pinch you good! A horse is friendly. I'm a crab! NOW GO AWAY!" The conclusion delivers a big chuckle. The gouache and India ink illustrations are comical and colorful, and the cartoon expressions capture the burlesque nature of the story. There are some clever visual interpretations. One series of six panels conveys the lengthy passage of time that it takes for a sloth to give his answer. A goofy giggle-inducing read-aloud.—Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA
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Descripción Arthur A. Levine Books, 2009. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0439724171
Descripción Arthur A. Levine Books, 2009. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110439724171