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May 31 , 2009

Super Cowboy Rides


Meet six-year-old Tommy Johnson, Super Cowboy and Super Story-teller. Want to build a box to capture wild cats that roam the farm? How about tips on catching a greased pig at the fair, or teaching a stubborn lamb to avoid being trampled by angry milk cows? From the first paragraph, when Tommy explains why a boy needs a dog for a pet instead of a cat, he wins us over with his down-to-earth and humorous view of the world. Once Tommy begins school, however, things get complicated.

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Advance Praise

What makes Daris’ stories so engaging is we can see something of ourselves in Super Cowboy. Anyone who has grown up on a farm in a rural setting has taken part in at least some of his adventures, but the events that surround little Tommy transcend the setting. Who hasn’t loved a pet, felt inadequate at school, or wondered where babies come from? I love the twists at the ends of the stories. “Sunday School” and “The Witch’s House” will always be my favorites. Entertaining, poignant – it’s a great book when we can laugh and cry and feel the better for it. – Judy Dewey (Director Madison Library District - Rexburg, Idaho )

The little boy, Tommy, reminds me of Calvin from the “Calvin and Hobbs” comic strip by Bill Watterson because of his mischievousness. It is such a fun book to read!" – Celese Sanders (syndicated columnist of “Little Bits Of Life”)

“Super Cowboy Rides” reminds me of when I was a boy and we would visit my grandparents' farm in Utah where my cousins would try, in a loving way, to kill me. It has a ring of authenticity that could only be accomplished by growing up on a farm or ranch. I loved each chapter, but once I reached the end of the book I realized I had been taught some important lessons. This is a book that boys will love as well as girls who look for the good in everyone. – Jack Weyland (Author of “Charlie” and other Y.A. novels.)

"This is the perfect family trip ‘read out loud’ book. You are on the edge of your seat the entire time wondering what this little cowboy will do next! We laughed so hard, and my 8-year old kept begging me to not stop reading. This book reels you in from the first page. We will be adding this fantastic book to our home library." – Stephanie Ashcraft (New York Times best selling author)

In a style reminiscent of early Richard Peck, Daris Howard introduces us to Tommy Johnson, super cowboy and super storyteller. The reader is invited to share in the many first-hand adventures of a five to six year old boy raised on a dairy farm in southeast Idaho during the economically hard 1960s. But our guide has everything any super cowboy could want: parent to love and guide him and brothers to help him get into and out of trouble. . – Julie Clark (Children’s Literature Professor at BYU Idaho)

"Super Cowboy Rides" is a touching and well-written story that will cheer your day. Young readers will discover the past, and older readers reminisce amid tears and laughter as they follow the adventures of Tommy and Tippy. – Anne Bradshaw (Author of "Dingo" (a teenage mystery) and other books.)

Teachers are always looking for a realistic way to teach children about bullying. This is a great resource and a great story. This was such a fun book. – Peggy Hawkins (Teacher 2nd grade, Lincoln Elementary)

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