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Rodeo Red and her hound dog Rusty are happier than two buttons on a new shirt 'til Side Swiping Slim shows up. Red's sure anyone who hollers that much'll be hauled to the edge of town and told to skedaddle, but her parents are smitten. When Slim sets his eye on Rusty, Red'd better figure out a way to save her best friend in all the world. Can she bargain with a varmint? Rodeo Red and her hound dog Rusty are happier than two buttons on a new shirt 'til Side Swiping Slim shows up. Red's sure anyone who hollers that much'll be hauled to the edge of town and told to skedaddle, but her parents are smitten. When Slim sets his eye on Rusty, Red'd better figure out a way to save her best friend in all the world. Can she bargain with a varmint?


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Rodeo Red and her hound dog Rusty are happier than two buttons on a new shirt 'til Side Swiping Slim shows up. Red's sure anyone who hollers that much'll be hauled to the edge of town and told to skedaddle, but her parents are smitten. When Slim sets his eye on Rusty, Red'd better figure out a way to save her best friend in all the world. Can she bargain with a varmint? Rodeo Red and her hound dog Rusty are happier than two buttons on a new shirt 'til Side Swiping Slim shows up. Red's sure anyone who hollers that much'll be hauled to the edge of town and told to skedaddle, but her parents are smitten. When Slim sets his eye on Rusty, Red'd better figure out a way to save her best friend in all the world. Can she bargain with a varmint?

30 review for Rodeo Red

  1. 5 out of 5

    Benji Martin

    I love this one. It reminds me a little of mustache baby which was a huge hit with my students. I also like how the mom is the sheriff and the dad is the deputy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    Rodeo Red and her canine pal, Rusty the stuffed dog, are inseparable. Until, that is, the day that Sideswiping Sam - AKA, Rodeo's squalling baby brother - steals the pooch and refuses to return him. Rodeo does everything she can to get her plaything back, but until her Aunt Sal sends her a new plaything, she has nothing with which she can bargain... The common childhood experience of adjusting to a new sibling and getting into a conflict with them over a plaything is given a western flavor in Rod Rodeo Red and her canine pal, Rusty the stuffed dog, are inseparable. Until, that is, the day that Sideswiping Sam - AKA, Rodeo's squalling baby brother - steals the pooch and refuses to return him. Rodeo does everything she can to get her plaything back, but until her Aunt Sal sends her a new plaything, she has nothing with which she can bargain... The common childhood experience of adjusting to a new sibling and getting into a conflict with them over a plaything is given a western flavor in Rodeo Red, which is author Maripat Perkins' picture-book debut. The language here is inventive and fun, provided one doesn't mind a little dialect and slang, and the artwork by Molly Idle, who was awarded a Caldecott Honor for her Flora and the Flamingo , is colorful and cute. My only real qualm is that I think the mom (I mean Sheriff) is a little unsympathetic in the story, in that she allows the baby to steal Rodeo's boon companion, and makes no effort to set things right. Leaving that aside, this is one I would recommend to anyone looking for entertaining new sibling and/or sibling rivalry stories for younger children.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Silly, rhyming, sweet. Wish this one was just a wee bit shorter so I could resurrect my southern drawl and read it to every kid everywhere all the time without their eyes glazing over. Molly Idle's artwork makes me happier than a dead pig in sunshine. Silly, rhyming, sweet. Wish this one was just a wee bit shorter so I could resurrect my southern drawl and read it to every kid everywhere all the time without their eyes glazing over. Molly Idle's artwork makes me happier than a dead pig in sunshine.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kati

    Red's got a problem. There's a new feller in town that's just makin' her life miserable. He's even gone so far as to steal away her trusty pal. What IS a girl to do when it seems like the whole darned homestead's takin' the side of the new cowpoke?! I loved this story. As an older sibling, while I wasn't infatuated with cowpokes, I could appreciate the frustrations Red faced with the arrival of her baby brother. Red's got a problem. There's a new feller in town that's just makin' her life miserable. He's even gone so far as to steal away her trusty pal. What IS a girl to do when it seems like the whole darned homestead's takin' the side of the new cowpoke?! I loved this story. As an older sibling, while I wasn't infatuated with cowpokes, I could appreciate the frustrations Red faced with the arrival of her baby brother.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ella Drayton

    Rodeo Red has already become a favorite at my house! I read it to my daughter and she loved it so much that we had to read it three more times before bedtime. This is one of the cutest children's books I've seen in a long time and I absolutely adore the fact that Rodeo Red is a little girl; a cowgirl. It also helped me teach my daughter a lesson on compromise and how sometimes you have to share with your siblings even if they are stinky and not much fun to play with. Would give it more stars if Rodeo Red has already become a favorite at my house! I read it to my daughter and she loved it so much that we had to read it three more times before bedtime. This is one of the cutest children's books I've seen in a long time and I absolutely adore the fact that Rodeo Red is a little girl; a cowgirl. It also helped me teach my daughter a lesson on compromise and how sometimes you have to share with your siblings even if they are stinky and not much fun to play with. Would give it more stars if I could. Loved it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Serenity

    *I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher* This story is absolutely adorable. Red and her trusty sidekick, Rusty, are a happy pair until Slim shows up and steals Rusty away. Any child who has had to deal with younger siblings will enjoy this story. Red's failed attempts to get Rusty back will strike a chord, and her success will hopefully encourage kids to seek more peaceful solutions. The illustrations are fairly simple but very effective and do a great credit to the story. *I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher* This story is absolutely adorable. Red and her trusty sidekick, Rusty, are a happy pair until Slim shows up and steals Rusty away. Any child who has had to deal with younger siblings will enjoy this story. Red's failed attempts to get Rusty back will strike a chord, and her success will hopefully encourage kids to seek more peaceful solutions. The illustrations are fairly simple but very effective and do a great credit to the story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    A simple story about an older sibling's battle to get a beloved stuffed animal out of the clutches of a new baby brother's hands told in a clever southern/cowboy flair. Very funny read aloud set against pencil illustrations. Highly recommended for PreK-2. A simple story about an older sibling's battle to get a beloved stuffed animal out of the clutches of a new baby brother's hands told in a clever southern/cowboy flair. Very funny read aloud set against pencil illustrations. Highly recommended for PreK-2.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wallis Chan

    Both the artwork and story are outstanding. I especially loved the artwork. It was very cute and nostalgic. Highly recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Utterly charming. From the tongue-in-cheek text to the simple illustrations to the spirited heroine, I throughly enjoyed saddling up for this read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I adore Molly idle's illustrations and the text here is delightfully genius. So creative and funny. I adore Molly idle's illustrations and the text here is delightfully genius. So creative and funny.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Judah Copeland

    The book rodeo Red by: Maripat Perkins. This book is about a family who has a daughter that is from 4-5 years old who likes to pretend to be a cowgirl. She is met with her new foe of the town her younger brother who was just born. The rest of the book is how the older sister loses her favorite partner rusty has been taking by the little brother. After which the aunt of the two sends the oldest a birthday present that is of a beautiful little cat. She proceeds to trade for her old partner rusty w The book rodeo Red by: Maripat Perkins. This book is about a family who has a daughter that is from 4-5 years old who likes to pretend to be a cowgirl. She is met with her new foe of the town her younger brother who was just born. The rest of the book is how the older sister loses her favorite partner rusty has been taking by the little brother. After which the aunt of the two sends the oldest a birthday present that is of a beautiful little cat. She proceeds to trade for her old partner rusty which her brother takes with no second thought in mind.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alexandria

    The story is very clever and the main character is very strong minded and witty. I loved how the voice of the main character never faltered. She always had a south-western tone to her voice. This is a great book for a teacher to do a lesson on voice of character or how to stay persistent with how a character sounds. I can also see myself putting my own future children to bed while reading them this story. It is a fun and adventurous story that has a few lessons to tell.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Loved this. My cousin got a kick out me reading this to him and he isn't a big reader, but the story is engaging- and pairing it with a heavily done western accent- had both him and I rolling. Red is squaring off against her new baby brother and the use of humor in the story-telling works brilliantly with the art. Loved this. My cousin got a kick out me reading this to him and he isn't a big reader, but the story is engaging- and pairing it with a heavily done western accent- had both him and I rolling. Red is squaring off against her new baby brother and the use of humor in the story-telling works brilliantly with the art.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Arpita (world of a book enthusiast)

    It is a lovely book about a little girl named Rodeo Red and her stuffed hound dog. This book describes her feelings when her baby brother arrives. This is a great read for children to understand about little changes that happen in their life after a siblings arrives. This book is about the share and care a child learns after having a sibling at home. I would have given more stars if I could.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    An older sister is not too happy about the new baby in the family - especially when he takes her favorite stuffed animal. All told in a western drawl with cowboy terms that make the story extra fun. I'm a huge fan of Molly Idle but had not seen this one before and the illustrations are charming and funny. An older sister is not too happy about the new baby in the family - especially when he takes her favorite stuffed animal. All told in a western drawl with cowboy terms that make the story extra fun. I'm a huge fan of Molly Idle but had not seen this one before and the illustrations are charming and funny.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Dealing with a new sibling is always a challenge, and even more when the territorial issues are challenged. This delightful story will be a hit as Rodeo Red tries to take control of her property. All is lost until a package comes in the mail. A great read aloud, or one-on-one.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Miss Ryoko

    Soooooooooooo cute!!!!! I was really worried that Molly Idle's illustrations were going to carry this story, but the story was told in such a fun way, the illustrations just amplified the fun storytelling! A great pairing!! Soooooooooooo cute!!!!! I was really worried that Molly Idle's illustrations were going to carry this story, but the story was told in such a fun way, the illustrations just amplified the fun storytelling! A great pairing!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Sincavage

    Great language, voice, and dialect makes this a fun read aloud. I didn’t mind reading it over and over so I could perfect my western accent. I really appreciated that it didn’t force a sibling bond for the ending. Great new sibling adjustment book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    The Brothers

    A fun story of a young cowgirl dealing with her toy-rustling baby sibling. Must be read with a cowboy drawl. Illustrations are charming.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Awjtf

    funny!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Loved this, very cute. I also love Molly Idle's illustrations. Loved this, very cute. I also love Molly Idle's illustrations.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bailey Held

    This book is read as a cowgirl who sees her brother as a bandit that stole her stuffed dog. Very cute book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kaycee Monnens

    I wish I was this good at creating metaphors. What a hilarious and adorable book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    Sharing is hard. But sharing this hilarious book with your friends won't be. :) Sharing is hard. But sharing this hilarious book with your friends won't be. :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Skari

    Super cute, very fun to read, got to bring out a southern drawl.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Rodeo Red is a little cowgirl with a strong attachment to her dog, Rusty. Until Sideswiping Slim comes along and snags him! Can she make a deal with the rascally varmint and get Rusty back? This picture book shows children how to compromise to keep peace. One of my all-time favorites.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    Rodeo Red is one of our new children’s books. The main character is a little girl called Rodeo Red. She has a new baby brother, Slim. Slim comes in and starts taking over her territory. One day Slim takes Rusty, her beloved sidekick stuffed animal. Rodeo Red must figure out how to get Rusty back from Slim without making him cry and making the Sheriff and her deputy (mom and dad) come running. This is a fun children’s book about a child getting a sibling. The book is written cute and the language Rodeo Red is one of our new children’s books. The main character is a little girl called Rodeo Red. She has a new baby brother, Slim. Slim comes in and starts taking over her territory. One day Slim takes Rusty, her beloved sidekick stuffed animal. Rodeo Red must figure out how to get Rusty back from Slim without making him cry and making the Sheriff and her deputy (mom and dad) come running. This is a fun children’s book about a child getting a sibling. The book is written cute and the language flows rather nicely as you read it out loud to your kids. It is fun for both the kids listening and for the parent reading. The pictures are fun too. There is a picture of Slim starting to get mobile and happily pulling big sister Rodeo Red’s hair. There is also another picture of Rodeo Red having fenced in her brother in a tiny little area, saying that is his area to play and the rest of the room was hers. When Rodeo Red gets a time-out she is sitting behind a chair that looks like prison bars. I found this book especially fun since it reminded me of my own family, a little girl getting used to a younger sibling that is just starting to become mobile. My three-year-old has even started calling one of her stuffed animals “Rusty.” More of my book reviews can be found at http://bookswithkari.blogspot.com

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vera Godley

    This is definitely a cute book and cute story. The text is "cowboynese" with a heaping of tough cowboy slang thrown in. While I prefer books to use correct grammar, I can see the use of this in a story. Obviously, a parent or older reader will need to explain the use of poor grammar and slang to the children. I do object to the use of a "dadburnit" in the story. The story opens with Red as the lone cowboy on the ranch until a sideswiping Slim (new baby in family) arrives. As Red goes through the This is definitely a cute book and cute story. The text is "cowboynese" with a heaping of tough cowboy slang thrown in. While I prefer books to use correct grammar, I can see the use of this in a story. Obviously, a parent or older reader will need to explain the use of poor grammar and slang to the children. I do object to the use of a "dadburnit" in the story. The story opens with Red as the lone cowboy on the ranch until a sideswiping Slim (new baby in family) arrives. As Red goes through the adjustment of a baby crying, tugging, crawling, walking, and taking stuff we see the illustration depict the baby and Red also growing physically. But Red simply doesn't want to have her territory or stuff messed with, yet that is simply what babies do. Rodeo Red gets in trouble with the Sheriff (Mom) and Deputy (Dad). But resolution does come. The book has no teaching how a child can adjust to a newcomer in the family or how to learn to share space and toys. Some might find this a fault. I didn't because I think sometimes our books moralize too much. Red creates her own way to get her prize possession back from Slim without hurting him. Petty creative. Love the illustrations and character's expressions. Love the growth of the two children as the story progresses. The "jail" is the back of the chair. The illustrated "largeness" of the Deputy when he confronts Red for wrong doing. Just good stuff. DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Peachtree Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I received no compensation for this review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Winner

    Book number three is called Rodeo Red. It's written by Maripat Perkins and illustrated by Molly Idle. This is Maripat's first book and it's outstanding. The text stands completely apart from the illustrations in that there are times when the text feels like it's going one direction and the illustrations are revealing something else. And that makes this book really magical. In this case there's a girl who loves cowboy stuff, western gear, western-themed things, and she is joined now by a new baby Book number three is called Rodeo Red. It's written by Maripat Perkins and illustrated by Molly Idle. This is Maripat's first book and it's outstanding. The text stands completely apart from the illustrations in that there are times when the text feels like it's going one direction and the illustrations are revealing something else. And that makes this book really magical. In this case there's a girl who loves cowboy stuff, western gear, western-themed things, and she is joined now by a new baby in the house. So she's struggling with where she fits in. Where's her place when this new partner comes to town. And it includes some sort of funny things like you would expect cowboys to take care of on the ranch like rattling up the cattle and moseying things from here to there. and defending your territory. But it's just done so well in the way that the text and the illustrations have to work hand-in-hand to work this story. And Molly's illustrations! You know her from Flora and the Penguin and Tea Rex and books like that, and these illustrations are no different. She's got beautiful, round lines. Very emotive characters. And the perspective she shows all the time just makes you feel like you're in an old western flick. It's really great! This book is called Rodeo Red, and I know you're gonna have a lot of fun reading it aloud. This review appears on an episode of the “Best Book Ever [this week]” segment of the Let’s Get Busy podcast. Check out the original post here: http://lgbpodcast.blogspot.com/2015/0...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Yvette

    I’m wishing I had a whole passel of young’uns to buy copies of this for, dadburnit! Rodeo Red is without a doubt one of the most charming and downright cute picture books I have read recently (and having recently become a great-aunt for the third time, I’ve been reading quite a few). The narrator is a little girl who goes by the name of Rodeo Red, and everything was fine until the Sheriff (Mom) and her deputy (Dad) brought Sideswiping Slim (baby brother) home. Before you know it, he’s swiped her I’m wishing I had a whole passel of young’uns to buy copies of this for, dadburnit! Rodeo Red is without a doubt one of the most charming and downright cute picture books I have read recently (and having recently become a great-aunt for the third time, I’ve been reading quite a few). The narrator is a little girl who goes by the name of Rodeo Red, and everything was fine until the Sheriff (Mom) and her deputy (Dad) brought Sideswiping Slim (baby brother) home. Before you know it, he’s swiped her stuffed hound dog Rusty and won’t give him back until Red manages to make a deal with him. A nice little lesson on negotiating and compromise, all wrapped up in a very fun story – best read with, oh let’s call it a “western prairie” accent. Books like this, written in a way that they are easily read with a fun voice, quickly become favorites. For me, this ranks right up there with Mem Fox’s Tough Boris. The illustrations are incredibly cute as well, and compliment the story. I especially liked the little touches, such as the sheriff's star shaped broach worn by the mother and the same shaped cufflinks worn by the father. My thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for providing a review e-book in exchange for an honest review. Honest, yes, but critical isn’t happening – I’m just too tickled by the fun of reading it!

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