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How do you tame the roughest, toughest pack of cowboys to ever ride the open range?


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How do you tame the roughest, toughest pack of cowboys to ever ride the open range?

30 review for The Toughest Cowboy: or How the Wild West Was Tamed

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amber Gordon

    This tall tale is appropriate for third graders and up and is a book that teaches about cowboys. Grizz Brickbottom is one of the toughest cowboys. He flosses his teeth with barbed wire and drinks Tabasco sauce. One night when sitting around the campfire with his friends, Grizz realizes that he needs a dog because he is tired of his dirty friends that never take baths. Grizz explains that the men are all set in their own ways, but a dog you can teach tricks to and could teach to herd cattle. The This tall tale is appropriate for third graders and up and is a book that teaches about cowboys. Grizz Brickbottom is one of the toughest cowboys. He flosses his teeth with barbed wire and drinks Tabasco sauce. One night when sitting around the campfire with his friends, Grizz realizes that he needs a dog because he is tired of his dirty friends that never take baths. Grizz explains that the men are all set in their own ways, but a dog you can teach tricks to and could teach to herd cattle. The next time Grizz was in town, he saw a sign about a free dog and he found himself a miniature poodle named Foofy. Grizz gives all of his friends jobs, one is to feed Foofy, the other is to play music for her, one is to brush her hair, and the other is to tie ribbons in her ears. Each friend was disgusted that they would have to care for the dog. Foofy wasn’t any good at herding cattle, but she can fetch a Frisbee when Grizz throws it. Everyone was amazed and now they were all eager to take care of Foofy. The men eventually moved to town where they could take baths and open their own shops. Activities 1. The students will write a story with a partner based on what would happen if Grizz would have brought back another breed of dog, instead of a miniature poodle. Examples of dogs that students can write about would be a golden retriever, shih tzu, etc. 2. The students will each write a short biography of one of the characters in the book. Have the student do some research, using the internet, on cowboys and they can include this information into their biography as well.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cassidy Schneider

    Perfect for my cute old dad!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Roberta

    It's not always easy to find books that will entertain boys but this one will give them something different from the tractor books. Kids maybe 8 years and up will probably appreciate the humor. Zachary Pullen's illustrations are hilarious. Insider information: The model for Foofy was a real live poodle whose real name was Sonny. The models for the cowboys; Grizz Brickbottom, Lariat, Chuck Wagon, and Bald Mountain are all real, totally recognizable residents of Ulster County, NY. If you live in Ul It's not always easy to find books that will entertain boys but this one will give them something different from the tractor books. Kids maybe 8 years and up will probably appreciate the humor. Zachary Pullen's illustrations are hilarious. Insider information: The model for Foofy was a real live poodle whose real name was Sonny. The models for the cowboys; Grizz Brickbottom, Lariat, Chuck Wagon, and Bald Mountain are all real, totally recognizable residents of Ulster County, NY. If you live in Ulster County, look for these cowboys on the golf course or shopping at Sam's Club.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    4 stars. I bought this for my cousin for Christmas, and I decided to read it to see if it was appropriate and had a good lesson. I went in with no expectations but was happily surprised by the end. The first page seemed full of stereotypes. The main character, Grizz Brickbottom, likes to drink Tabasco sauce, herd cattle, and sit by the campfire at night. But it's for a point - it's to show that Grizz and his buddies (Lariat, Bald Mountain, and Chuck Wagon [I know, I know how it sounds]) seem like 4 stars. I bought this for my cousin for Christmas, and I decided to read it to see if it was appropriate and had a good lesson. I went in with no expectations but was happily surprised by the end. The first page seemed full of stereotypes. The main character, Grizz Brickbottom, likes to drink Tabasco sauce, herd cattle, and sit by the campfire at night. But it's for a point - it's to show that Grizz and his buddies (Lariat, Bald Mountain, and Chuck Wagon [I know, I know how it sounds]) seem like typical rough and tough cowboys, but really, they're kindhearted and worthy of a second appraisal. Grizz decides the group needs a new companion: "As Grizz listened to Chuck Wagon's lonesome song and watched the other cowboys wiping their mouths on their sleeves and digging at their teeth with their fingernails, he began to realize something was missing in his life. He needed another kind of companionship. Someone with silky hair. Someone with a lovely smell. Someone who would give him lots of sweet kisses. He needed... ... a DOG." [This was the moment where I went from "This book is kind of gross" to "This book is better than I expected") That dog ends up being Foofy, a miniature poodle. She transforms the cowboys - she brings out their softer side, and inspires them to be more openminded. Overall, a hilarious children's book with more of a story than I expected.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    Grizz Brickbottom's hankering for a canine companion leads a pack of manly cowherds to fall head over heels for a precious-poopsie of a pup. The facial expressions on Zachary Pullen's characters are priceless. I loved this one! Hilarious! Grizz Brickbottom's hankering for a canine companion leads a pack of manly cowherds to fall head over heels for a precious-poopsie of a pup. The facial expressions on Zachary Pullen's characters are priceless. I loved this one! Hilarious!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Danna

    I absolutely love this book ! Today was a Friday with extra kids in my room due to a sub shortage. The class loved the book! The girls kept calling it precious and they all groaned when the cowboys picked their nose! Such a fun book that it had me giggling while I was trying to read it aloud! I totally recommend this rip roaring fun loving cowboy tall tale!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alexia Powell

    cattle, cowboys, buddies, wild, west, rope, ride, and saloon

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cathleen

    Cute and funny. My toddler loved this one and laughed out loud. I love any book that gets him giggling.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Reynolds Spellerberg

    Great illustrations

  10. 4 out of 5

    rjpence15

    Grandma nominated this for the Pencebery.

  11. 4 out of 5

    J

    This is honestly one of my favorite picture books ever. Something about tough men and tiny dogs warms my heart.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Jeanneret

    This book talks about a group of cowboys out on the open range with their cattle. One night Chuck Wagon began to play a song about a girl and this made Grizz want something more in his life. He decides they need to get a dog to be part of their group. Grizz goes out and gets a poodle to bring back to the group. When he arrives with the poodle, named Foofy he gives each of the men a job in order to take care of he doe. Chuck Wagon was in charge of making her food and singing her to sleep, Bald Mo This book talks about a group of cowboys out on the open range with their cattle. One night Chuck Wagon began to play a song about a girl and this made Grizz want something more in his life. He decides they need to get a dog to be part of their group. Grizz goes out and gets a poodle to bring back to the group. When he arrives with the poodle, named Foofy he gives each of the men a job in order to take care of he doe. Chuck Wagon was in charge of making her food and singing her to sleep, Bald Mountain was in charge of brushing her hair, and Lariat was in charge of tying ribbons in her hair. However, Foofy, was not able to herd the cattle like everyone had wanted. However Grizz throws a plate and Foofy catches it. Eventually all the men move to the city where each of them take p a job that is directly linked to their dog, Foofy. Grizz begins to make flat thing like plates, which he calls Grizz B’s after his first and last name. This could be the story of how the Frisbee came about. Genre: Tall Tale Grade Levels: 1-4 Activities: Like the story of Frisbee, students could write their own creative stories about how a famous product came about. They could make their own Frisbees, or flat object. Have the students compare this book to other tall tales that they have read in the past. Have them compare and contrast two tall tales.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heather Willoughby

    This story book is pretty comical. There are a lot of words on each page, so I think it would be best for third grade or higher because younger kids might want to give up on the long pages. There are a lot of metaphors as well that a younger child might not be able to understand. This would be good for an English class if you were teaching about similes and metaphors. This is also a good book to read aloud with character voices. If you read it aloud to a younger audience they might appreciate th This story book is pretty comical. There are a lot of words on each page, so I think it would be best for third grade or higher because younger kids might want to give up on the long pages. There are a lot of metaphors as well that a younger child might not be able to understand. This would be good for an English class if you were teaching about similes and metaphors. This is also a good book to read aloud with character voices. If you read it aloud to a younger audience they might appreciate the book then. The illustrations would bring a rise out of any reader, with the cowboys picking their teeth and noses, a teacher would sure to get a reaction.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Grizz Brickbottom was known as the toughest cowboy. One evening when the camp cook was strumming a ballad, Grizz decided he needed something more in his life--a dog. He wanted a dog to keep him company, help herd the cows, and chase off or warn of mountain lions. Grizz goes to town and returns to the cowboy camp with a dog--a poodle with ribbons on her ears. She didn't like the cows. She was afraid of the sounds of the night. The cowboys were beside themselves until they found she would chase an Grizz Brickbottom was known as the toughest cowboy. One evening when the camp cook was strumming a ballad, Grizz decided he needed something more in his life--a dog. He wanted a dog to keep him company, help herd the cows, and chase off or warn of mountain lions. Grizz goes to town and returns to the cowboy camp with a dog--a poodle with ribbons on her ears. She didn't like the cows. She was afraid of the sounds of the night. The cowboys were beside themselves until they found she would chase and return a tin plate. Cute book with super art work. It took some of the younger students a bit to get the groaning end. All in all, a good read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    This illustrated book for kids is just right for boys. The humor is perfect and the illustrations are so realistic. The twists are revealed at the turn of the page making it a great story to read aloud with a dramatic pause before you turn the page. Griz Brickbottom and his crew are all tough cowboys, flossing their teeth with barbed wire and drinking Tabasco sauce. One day Griz decides he wants something different in his life -- a dog. And the fun begins.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kimberlie

    I read to my 4-yr old every night, so I try to find books that are different. I chose this one because of the great illustrations. The story was a delightful surprise! It's written very well, and I couldn't help but slip into my southern twang as I read it out loud. It's a MUST for anyone with boys! I read to my 4-yr old every night, so I try to find books that are different. I chose this one because of the great illustrations. The story was a delightful surprise! It's written very well, and I couldn't help but slip into my southern twang as I read it out loud. It's a MUST for anyone with boys!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    This is one of my favorite picture books of all time. I grew up on a ranch in Wyoming and this brought back a lot of fun memories, and some of my relatives have a bit of these cowboy characteristics in them. It is a very fun story to read aloud to children young and old.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sonja

    Grabbed this from the library last week and it was such a fun book to read to the boys. I must admit the best part was being able to read it in the best cowboy voice I could muster up but the story is cute as well and the boys thought it was funny!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Timi Jorgensen

    This fun and creative book describes the 'truth' on how we got some of our famous wild west sayings like "Doggone it" and how saloon became salon. This is creatively written with absolutely FANTASTIC illustrations and the kind of absurd humor that kids love. This fun and creative book describes the 'truth' on how we got some of our famous wild west sayings like "Doggone it" and how saloon became salon. This is creatively written with absolutely FANTASTIC illustrations and the kind of absurd humor that kids love.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michael Jorgensen

    The toughest cowboy was an interesting spin on tough guys by having them fall in love and dote on a prissy pink poodle that helps them create many things including the "griz b" which we now call a frisbee. The toughest cowboy was an interesting spin on tough guys by having them fall in love and dote on a prissy pink poodle that helps them create many things including the "griz b" which we now call a frisbee.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    Cute. At first I was wondering how this book got such high ratings, but as I got into the story, it became clear. Kids will find this book humorous including the cute twists at the end. Loved the illustrations that partnered with it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    The Brothers

    The toughest cowboy in all the wild west decides he needs a dog. So he goes to town and comes back with... Foofy! A very cute little toy poodle. Turns out though, that little Foofy was just what the toughest cowboy and his pardners needed. Really good illustrations.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    Tamed by a poodle! Great illustrations.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    Amazing illustrations and a funny little story about cowboys and how they really aren't so tough. Amazing illustrations and a funny little story about cowboys and how they really aren't so tough.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This was interesting and kinda funny. It was also a bit crude and thus we won't be reading it again. Plus the boys didn't really like it the first time so why read it again? This was interesting and kinda funny. It was also a bit crude and thus we won't be reading it again. Plus the boys didn't really like it the first time so why read it again?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Denni

    I love to read this book out loud with the best cowboy accent I kin muster.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Super cool illustrations and a very amusing story about some really tough cowboys whose lives are forever changed when Grizz (the toughest cowboy) sets his mind on getting a dog.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    My boys (7 & 9) really thought this story was funny.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Morgan

    Too gross for my taste. Not a big fan of nose picking and teeth cleaning humor.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Full page amusing artwork and text. Rough and tough cowboys turn soft as they adopt Foofy, a poodle, to help out on the open range.

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