Picture Book Review: Rodeo Red by Maripat Perkins, illust. Molly Idle

rodeored_perkins_peachtreeI’m wishing I had a whole passel of young’uns to buy copies of this for, dadburnit! Rodeo Red is without a doubt one of the most charming and downright cute picture books I have read recently (and having recently become a great-aunt for the third time, I’ve been reading quite a few).

The narrator is a little girl who goes by the name of Rodeo Red, and everything was fine until the Sheriff (Mom) and her deputy (Dad) brought Sideswiping Slim (baby brother) home. Before you know it, he’s swiped her stuffed hound dog Rusty and won’t give him back until Red manages to make a deal with him. A nice little lesson on negotiating and compromise, all wrapped up in a very fun story – best read with, oh let’s call it a “western prairie” accent. Books like this, written in a way that they are easily read with a fun voice, quickly become favorites. For me, this ranks right up there with Mem Fox’s Tough Boris.

The illustrations are incredibly cute as well, and compliment the story. I especially liked the little touches, such as the sheriff’s star shaped broach worn by the mother and the same shaped cufflinks worn by the father.

Rodeo Red by Maripat Perkins, illustrated by Molly Idle | Peachtree Publishers, 2015 | hardcover, 32 pages
My thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for providing a review e-book in exchange for an honest review. Honest, yes, but critical isn’t happening – I’m just too tickled by the fun of reading it!

(This review was originally posted on GoodReads & BookLikes, where I rated it 5/5 stars, and is reposted here unedited and so does not consider the picture books that I’ve read since May of 2015 or reflect the fact that I am now awaiting great-nieces/nephews 4 & 5 – and as #4 will be joining the same household as numbers 1-3, I’m going to be sending a copy of this book their way soon.)