Sunday, August 2, 2015
Rodeo Red by Maripat Perkins -- ADVISABLE
The minute Rodeo Red is introduced to her baby brother, she knows there will be trouble. Sure enough, he adores going into her territory and messing with her stuff. Worst of all, he steals her favorite stuffed animal. Rodeo Red won't stand for it; unfortunately, her parents find her ways of coping less than kind, and she ends up in a timeout -- minus her stuffed dog. Can she win this battle in a way that makes everyone happy?
Rodeo Red is a smart, spunky protagonist. Readers who have ever had to share toys with little siblings will be especially sympathetic to her plight. The book just begs to be read aloud in the reader's very best cowgirl accent, making it tons of fun to share either one-on-one or with a class. While it would be an entertaining anytime read, the abundance of colorful similes and metaphors make it the perfect accompaniment to a lesson on figures of speech and/or creating vivid writing.
EL -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn