Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Review: Conrad and the Girl Next Door

This book is an absolute delight!   This is the second book in the series by Denette Fretz and Gene Barretta, however, this one in the series stands on it's own just fine!

From the hilariously clever lines to the bright, vivid cartoons drawn perfectly to the story line, this book draws the readers in - young and old.   The illustrator captures the essence of the writings so well with the expressions on the characters, from Conrad to the pig to the cat, etc!  All the farm mishaps and adventures are 'safe' enough for readers at any level - those reading and those being read to. 

Conrad, a young boy, goes to his Uncle Clint's ranch where he's armed with his medical kit, a sassy girl next door named Imogene, and a desire for a horse like so many of us hoped for when we were kids.  The book is a quick read, showcasing the daily adventures (and injuries, though humorously portrayed) of Conrad.  He reaches into his trusty medical kit on a daily basis to patch up himself or another cowboy on the ranch after several mishaps.

I so enjoyed this book.  My daughter is a first year teacher and we gave her a copy of this book to start her classroom library.  It's that good! 

The book's conclusion has a small vocabulary lesson which is funny and a wonderful touch - from explaining greenhorn to the Chuck Wagon song - I'm still smiling just thinking of this book.


*Disclosure: A copy of this book was  received for review purposes from Book Look. The opinions expressed in this review are purely my own. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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