The Big Sky Boys, And Life on the Spinnin’ Spur, is a tale by Todd Linder of three cowboys and their many adventures. I was graciously given a copy to review, and as always, I give my completely honest opinion. (I was not paid for my opinion)
From the press release:
Set in the West of bygone years, the Big Sky Boys live and work together on the Spinnin’ Spur ranch along with the ranch cook and Rooster’s pet armadillo, Albert. They work the hard life of cowboys, but there’s always a way to have a little fun while working! From bronc busting to birthday parties to making music, you never can tell what will happen. And even though there’s plenty of teasing that goes on, in the end they are the best of partners.
I read this book all the way through, then began reading it to my 8 year old daughter, and she likes it! That’s a good sign, because she is usually has a hard time sitting still long enough to listen to a story! She thought the cowboys on the Spinnin’ Spur were pretty funny.
It definitely leans heavily on humor throughout the stories. Each chapter is a new adventure for the cowboys on the Spinnin’ Spur. Some are rather fanciful, but most kids love stories a bit on the fanciful side!
This book plays to kids’ big imaginations by adding a pet armadillo, sheep-riding, bronc-busting, and even a skunk! He adds interest by using cowboy lingo, such as omitting the ‘g’ from most words. Shinin’, spinnin’, waitin’, ropin’, etc. Some of the lingo may sound overdone, but I clearly remember – as a child – enjoying such language in books, turning each word over to see how it sounded.
Overall, I think it is a fun book for kids, and a good way to get reluctant readers hooked. Especially kids who like cowboys! It is aimed at kids 7-12 years old, and I find it a perfect fit for my two girls. (8, 12) It is a fun read-aloud, or for kids to read alone.
You can buy yours on Amazon. The Big Sky Boys, And Life on the Spinnin’ Spur by Todd Linder