Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door by Denette Fretz: 5/5 stars


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I chose to review Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door for BookLook Bloggers because we use a western theme in our children’s department. Every child has their own cowboy hat and a bandana that says “Giddyup with God.”


(I’d love to post a picture of the kids reading this book, but do not have parental permission.)

I plan to use this book in our super church (children’s church) services and later during our fall festival which will also have a western theme.

I was more than delighted with this story about a child greenhorn named Conrad who goes to a ranch to learn how to be a cowboy. Once there, he meets a know-it-all cowgirl named Imogene Louise Lanthrup who makes learning the ropes a real challenge.

The illustrations, by Gene Barretta  are delightful. Barretta has illustrated 25 books, six of which he wrote. His illustrations and animations have appeared on Sesame Street and Between the Lions. He’s also designed characters for The Jim Henson Company.

Author Denette Fretz is a vetern elementary teacher and the author of Pirates on the Farm, book one of The Next Door Series.


From the publisher:

It’s a good thing Conrad brought his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit to Uncle Clint’s ranch because learning how to be a cowboy turns out to be a lot harder—and more painful—than he thought. Conrad has a lot to learn – including don’t squat with spurs on and never wave your red sweatshirt at a bull. But the biggest challenge of all is dealing with Imogene Louise Lathrup, the know-it-all-cowgirl next door. When Imogene shows up, she is all too happy to point out Conrad’s shortcomings. In this follow-up to their debut hit Pirates on the Farm, author Denette Fretz and illustrator Gene Barretta team up once again to tell a humorous tale about what it means to love your neighbor.

From the author’s own hand:


I give this delightful book five out of five stars for its message of forgiveness and perseverance. I can hardly wait to share it with the children at my church.

5 star review

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The Blessings of Friendship by Mary Engelbreit — 5 /5 stars


I had little doubt when I ordered The Blessing of Friendship to review for BookLook that I would fall in love with it. I’ve been an Engelbreit fan for at least twenty years. I especially love her “Queen of Everything” theme and own several products from that line.



The Blessings of Friendship, is a  cheerful and touching treasury of poetry, Bible verses, and quotes that celebrate the delightful charms of friendship. Coupled with Engelbreit’s enchanting illustrations, they teach children what it means to be a friend: helpful, encouraging, listening, sharing and loving one another.


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This book made me smile the minute I set my eyes on it. It’s absolutely beautiful, cover to cover. I want to frame every page! There’s nothing I don’t like about this book. It would make a great gift from a friend to a friend, and to children of all ages.


engle2I don’t have a gift for art and I envy anyone who does. This is just another reason why I love her work and especially enjoyed watching her at work in this video:

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I have no doubt that anyone who loves beautifully illustrated children’s books, will love it, too.


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