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Cowboy Camp

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  99 ratings  ·  21 reviews
A little boy who doesn't fit in at camp finds out just how valuable his non-cowboy skills can be. Every child will relate to the message, the humor, and the deliciously playful illustrations.

Giddyup, kids, and gallop right over to read this rootin' tootin' tale of an unlikely would-be hero. Avery's at camp, trying hard to saddle up and master his lasso, but he's just not
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Sterling
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Sydney Freel
This book is about a boy, Avery, who feels like an outcast at cowboy camp. He doesn’t like cowboy food, the lasso gives him rope burn, and his horse allergy has left him riding a cow. One night Avery was confronted by Black Bart, a desperado who threatened to put an end to cowboy camp forever. But Avery became a hero when he used his lacking skills to make this desperado to believe that their camp couldn’t possibly be a cowboy camp. Exaggerated coincidence makes the story less believable. This b ...more
He don’t dress like a cowboy, he doesn’t like their grub, he can’t lasso nor can be sit on a horse without sneezing so how is Avery going to make it at Cowboy Camp. There are a multiple of other things that set Avery apart from the other boys at Cowboy Camp but when the stars come out at night and Black Bart finds Avery at the camp, Avery ends up being the toughest cowboy for miles. It’s a cute book emphasizes that it’s ok to be different. The pictures are bright and the different fonts used to ...more
A cowpoke named Avery doesn't fit in at cowboy camp. The clothes don't fit, he doesn't like the food, he's allergic to horses, and he can't make a lasso. Thankfully, when Black Bart comes lurking, Avery's non-cowboy ways dissuade the villain and save the day - earning him rank as a real honest to goodness cowboy.

The cast is illustrated with a multicultural band of kids, and the language has an irresistable drawl to it. The people and animals have a caricature feel that makes them cute and not at
I liked this story. It reminds me of Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester. Avery is a boy that doesn't make a great cowboy, though he'd like to. He just doesn't do the things that most cowboys do. He doesn't eat beans, ride horses, or lasso. Basically, he doesn't fit in with the rest of the campers at cowboy camp. All of that doesn't matter though when Black Bart, an evil cowboy, shows up after dark looking for Cowboy Dan and his cowboy camp. Avery outsmarts Black Bart and convinces hm that he's in ...more
While the villain in this tale is dumber than dirt leading to a somewhat unbelievable denoument, getting there is fun anyway. Avery is attending cowboy camp, but he soon learns that he's not exactly cut out to be your typical cowboy. Luckily, this is exactly what saves the day when Black Bart comes sniffing around the camp that night. Mike Reed's illustrations are lovely, yet comical, and nicely complement the story.
Used for July's Western Themed Tons of Fun program for 2nd and 3rd graders.
Avery goes to cowboy camp and realizes that he's really not cut out to be a cowboy. His belt buckle is too big and his hat too small. He doesn't like cowboy food and roping hurts his hands. When Black Bart shows up at camp to ruin things, it's those skills that don't make him a cowboy that truly save the day!
Kayla Schum
Cowboy camp is about a boy that cant lasso, his clothes dont, fit and he is allergic to horses. He becomes more like a cowboy when a bully threatens the camp. This book is good for students to read because they would like the language and the pictures. It will also show them that bullying isnt nice.
Megan Richards
Sometimes we find hobbies that we are really interested in but that we may not have all the right skills. Sometimes we feel like we don't fit in like Avery and cowboy camp, but sometimes we surprise ourselves and realize we do belong where we are right now.
Kathy Ellen Davis
Fun book about being yourself but still fulfilling your dreams!

Haiku Review:
What's a real cowboy?
Eating beans? Riding horses?
maybe something more...
Funny, charming illustrations. Mediocre story about a whiny wanabee cowboy who saves cowboy camp.

themes: camps, cowboys, self-confidence
This book send out a good lesson that it's ok to be different. Also to dream big, you can be anything you want to be.

Tracy Morton
A story about a boy who doesn't seem to fit as a cowboy but finds out that he does fit in in his own way.
Stephanie Smoot
I used this book in my text set about cowboys. The book was very cute and has an unexpected twist at the end.
This would be a fun read aloud for young children. Voice change ups and southern accents a must.
Sandy Brehl
Kids love stories in which a character's bumbling difficulties somehow save the day.
Sara Mostek
Audience: boys
Ages: 3-10
Sends a great message to children, Funny, Great Illustrations
A not-cowboy-material camper turns out to be the best cowboy.
Great for a kid who doesn't quite fit in!
Ashley Clark
its okay, didnt impress us much.
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Tammi Sauer is the author of Cowboy Camp (Sterling, 2005), Chicken Dance (Sterling, 2009), Mostly Monsterly (Paula Wiseman/S&S, 2010), the forthcoming Princess-in-Training (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and something that's currently Top Secret.

Tammi and her family live in Oklahoma with one dog, two geckos, and a tank full of random fish.
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