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Bubba, The Cowboy Prince

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Bubba is bossed around the family ranch by his wicked step-daddy and his nasty stepbrothers, Dwayne and Milton. Bubba never complains, though. He's a real cowboy - tough as leather (and cute as a cow's ear).

When Miz Lurleen, the purtiest rancher in Texas, decides to throw a ball to find herself a real feller, Bubba has to stay at home. "You smell more like the cattle than
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Scholastic Press
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Jul 19, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
I challenge you to read this without a bad hillbilly western type accent. I even started out in a bad mood, trying not to do the accent, but after the first paragraph I was dun fur.

We really enjoyed this one. Having met my husband in a country line dancing bar, I had immense fun with my hillbilly type accent while I interjected little tidbits of the similarities between Bubba and my children's father. Dad rolled his eyes and made little comments back from the other room, which caused my 5 yr ol
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
My children loved having this book read to them. The readings using my best Fred Ward, Slim Pickens and Robert Duval immitations went over very well with lots of giggles and laughter.

It's not a new story, but I love the twist they put on the old Cinderealla Fairy Tale. The characters are funny, and son and daughter alike loved it.

Four and a half stars from me (probably 5 from my daughter and 4 from my son. It's an average)

If you can't do a good Slim Pickens, maybe a good "Jerry Clower?"
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Sep 19, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
Bubba, The Cowboy Prince is your classic "Cinderella Story," but... Not. This retelling of that classic is surprising, creative, funny, and touching.

My nephew heard "Cowboy" in the title and was all over that. Then he heard "Prince" in the title, and immediately he did not want anything to do with this story. But Bubba is such a charming character, and the pictures are so lovely and engaging, that by the end of the story he was asking me to read the tale again! He even said, "That book is really
Emily St.Germain
Nov 23, 2015 Emily St.Germain rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
'Bubba, The Cowboy Prince' is an adorable story about a cowboy named Bubba who works on a ranch with his evil stepdaddy and stepbrothers and is treated terribly. The cowboys have a chance to meet a beautiful cowgirl named Miz Lurleen, who is looking to marry a handsome cowboy. Bubba is left behind but meets his fairy godcow who cleans him up for the ball. As you read this book you can't help but read it in a country accent. It is a great version to the classic Cinderella story and could be used ...more
Feb 02, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This picture book is a unique boy version of the traditional Cinderella story. It is set in Texas and the fairy godmother was a fairy godcow. Miz Lurleen is looking for a feller so she decides to throw a ball. Bubba can't go to the ball because he is too busy taking care of his father and brothers. Miz Lurleen finds her true love by finding the feller who fits the boot. This is a great story to read to young children and would be an excellent addition to a Cinderella unit or collection.
Mar 17, 2015 Ambulur rated it it was amazing
My students and i loved this version!!
Lynae Aelvoet
Feb 09, 2017 Lynae Aelvoet rated it really liked it
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Allie Reitzell
Mar 16, 2017 Allie Reitzell rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book is about a young boy who falls in love with the prettiest girl in the town. I enjoyed this book. A boy version of Cinderella.
Jacob Bowen
Oct 05, 2016 Jacob Bowen rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Cute, gender swapped Cinderella story. Does contain tons of Texas stereotyping, but in the fairy tale genre I find this happens so often anyway, that this doesn't bother me. Really pretty art, quick read, and still interesting enough to keep interest.
Bonnie Ferrante
Jul 08, 2016 Bonnie Ferrante rated it it was amazing
In this wacky Cinderella, the roles are reversed. Miz Lurleen is looking for a husband. Bubba, the cowboy, is bullied by his step daddy and two stepbrothers Dwayne and Milton.

When Baba is left behind, a fairy God cow gives him a dazzling new outfit so that he can attend the ball. (Why a cow destined to be killed and eaten would help a cowboy is beyond me. But that’s another blog post.) Bubba goes to the ball, dances with Miz Lurleen, and wins her heart. When the clock strikes midnight, Bubba’s c
Nov 06, 2011 Allison rated it really liked it
This is about a boy named Bubba who has to work around the ranch and do the work of his brother and step dad. Then their neighbor Ms. Lurleen decided to throw a ball to find a fit man who loved ranching just as much as she did. Bubba was disappointed when his brothers and step dad told him he was not fit enough to dance with the lady of the ball. Then, Bubba's godcow came to him and told him she could help Bubba go to the ball. She changed his clothes and boots and told him to be home by midnigh ...more
An alternate Cinderella story to add to the plethora. This one is a Texas-style story, complete with female character with larger than life hair!

Bubba lives with his step-daddy and 2 evil step-brothers. He is made to do all of the ranch work while the other 2 boys are spoiled rotten. One day the rich and lonely lady, Miz Lurleen, decided that she was going to throw a ball to help her find the love of her life. Of course the 2 evil brothers kept Bubba busy the entire afternoon of the ball. He was
Bailey Carlson
Jan 31, 2013 Bailey Carlson rated it it was amazing
When I was a child this was my favorite book and after reading it again I know why. Bubba the Cowboy Prince is a reversed, Texas style Cinderella and I absolutely love it. If is about a male, Bubba, who has two wicked step brothers that don't do any of the work on the ranch. One day, a beautiful lady named Miz Lurleen held a ball to find herself a cowboy that she could run the ranch with for the rest of her life. After the wicked step brothers left, the fairy godcow showed up and turned Bubba in ...more
Mariah Olson
I liked Bubba, The Cowboy Prince, because it's a shorter version of Cinderella but with switched genders and set in the wild west. I love that Bubba's just a dirty, smelly rancher, but that Miz Lurleen still wants to be with him even after the magic wears off at midnight and he goes from a rich-looking, stud cowboy to an extremely smelly boy riding a cow. It was also very clever how in this fairy-tale the godmother is a godcow instead, adding to the western theme of the story. I would recommend ...more
One of my students brought this book to class, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Since it's a Texas version of the Cinderella story, the text is filled with all sorts of western slang and oil illustrations that feature cows, cacti, and bullies. Poor Bubba is the much put-upon youngest stepson of a selfish rancher who allows his sons, the beyond-ugly Dwayne and Milton, to bully Bubba. While they relax in the sun, he scurries about the ranch, doing their bidding. When the beautiful Miz Lurleen throws a ...more
Hannah Axtelle
Sep 06, 2013 Hannah Axtelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals, fantasy, western
I loved this book! I love the idea of putting a western spin on the classic cinderella story. I also liked how Bubba was the one trying to get the girl instead of Cinderella trying to get the boy. I loved the colorful illustrations and the fact that the book was written in a western tone with all the slang terms from the old west. I loved how charming the characters seemed when they talked in their accents and how cute Miz Lurleen was. I loved that the cow was the fairy god mother in the story a ...more
Crystal Potts
This is a wonderful book that gives a spin on the classic Cinderella fairy tale. In this book Bubba is a cowboy who has to do all the chores on his families ranch. His stepdad and stepbrothers do not care for him much and go to Miz Lurleen's ball. This is a great way to introduce a different point of view of the story and a different setting to the story. This story has great visual elements and whimsical details that aid in telling the story.

Reading Level: 2.8
Lexile Measure: 620
Lower Grades
Dec 02, 2007 Deidra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: folklore
Written by Helen Ketteman, illustrated by James Warhola. Published by Scholastic Press, copyright 1997.

Grade level: 1st-4th

This is a story loosely based on the Cinderella tale, but this time the main character is Bubba who is the step-son of an evil rancher in Texas, and his fairy godmother is a cow.

This is a cinderella story that boys and girls will both like as it has great illustrations and a fun story. I personally liked the southern dialect worked into the text.

Possible themes/units: diffe
Lauren Stoolfire
As a reader, I can clearly see the plot elements of Cinderella within this fractured fairy tale. These include: the wicked step siblings and parent, unjust treatment of the good central character, the ball, magical transformation, recognition, and a happily ever after. In this story all of these are in some way turned on it head by changing genders, species, and even the setting and tone by placing it in Texas ranching country. The values can be interpreted a little different with the above chan ...more
Mar 08, 2012 Grace rated it really liked it
This is a funny take on the story of Cinderella. Instead of Cinderella, it'a a Texas cowboy named Bubba. Instead of a fairy godmother, it's a fairy godcow. And instead of a glass slipper, it's a cowboy boot. I don't think I've read a Cinderella-like story that is so different and humorous. The writing is well done with a lot of cowboy talk, like "purty" and "cute as a cow's ear." The illustrations are great as well. The illustratons are paintings that have a lot of detail and color. Girls will l ...more
Katie Curry
Sep 25, 2011 Katie Curry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This book is a twist on the original Cinderella story. Bubba is a cowboy who is bossed around by his wicked stepbrothers and step-daddy. Miz Lurleen, the "purtiest" ranchers in Texas, throws a ball to find herself a real cowboy to marry. Bubba has to get his stepbrothers ready and is left behind to take care of the ranch. As the story progresses, the reader can definitely pick up on the comparisons to Cinderella. Although you would think this story is geared toward a younger male audience, it co ...more
Apr 05, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cowboy storytimes, ages 3-8
Recommended to Jennifer by: Megan J., Stella Shafer
Whimsical illustrations and twangy drawl are irresistible in this boot stomping, spur-jangling Cinderella-fractured fairy tale about a cowboy named Dwayne, his fairy god cow, and the beautiful Miz Lureen.

CIP:Loosely based on "Cinderella," this story is set is Texas, the fairy godmother is a cow, and the hero, named Bubba, is the stepson of a wicked rancher.

"Knee-slapping retelling" Publisher's Weekly
"Readers will be proud to have been along for the courtship" Kirkus
Hana Doran
Feb 13, 2012 Hana Doran rated it it was amazing
This book gives a hilarious, southern twist to the original Cinderella story. With Bubba as a cowboy looking to win the heart of the cowgirl princess, he is allowed a chance to go to the glamorous ball and is transformed by a fairy god cow. With the typical set up of a fairytale story: the Happily Ever After, the evil characters, the magical force, and a protagonist that wins out in the end, it sticks to a traditional story. Nonetheless, I absolutely loved the southern twist as it was based in T ...more
I suppose there must be some honky-tonk somewhere in this Texas-born gal 'cause I LOVED this one! (Worked well that I read it on my birthday, too!) So, yes, it was a Cinderella nad how could I not have an inching towards that. But the story had a Texas twist, and what a twist it was! Totally, totally loved it! But I'm not quite sure which theme I had in mind when I put this book on hold. I cannot pass this up, but I don't know where to put it. Perhaps a Fractured Fairy tale theme--I love those, ...more
Jan 27, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-that-teach
Possibly the best derivative fairy tale ever. Ketteman's voice is funny (and accurate) and her use of language is nearly perfect.

Teachers will enjoy using Bubba to teach new versions of the fairy tale structure (a common elementary lesson) and also for its metaphor and simile (Bubba felt lower than a rattlesnake in a gully) and alliteration.

Parents and independent readers grades 2-4 will enjoy the glass slipper-for-cowboy boot swap and the true-to-Texas accents of the characters. This one is get
Feb 20, 2009 Jess rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: someone looking for a fractured fairy tale of C. with a male lead for storytime, kids
Recommended to Jess by: Kathy
Bubba, worked hard by his stepfather and stepbrothers on a ranch in Texas, would just love to go the dance held by Ms. Lurleen. Luckily, his fairy godcow is in town.

A fun, though not revolutionary, retelling of Cinderella with a cowboy, evil stepbrothers and stepfather, and large-ranch owning Ms. Lurleen. I did like that the cowboy boot, unlike the glass slipper, changed back into a dirty cowboy boot at midnight. The kids liked it and the illustrations are large, colorful, and humorous enough to
Nov 03, 2011 Annabellecarter rated it really liked it
This book is almost the male version of Cinderella. Bubba is the main character with a wicked step father and two nasty step brothers. There is also a fancy ball similar to that in the Cinderella story. Like the ruby red slipper Bubba finds love over a dirty riding boot. I really enjoyed this book! It would be good to read Bubba, The Cowboy Prince and Cinderella to a class so they can see the connections and similarities.
Feb 12, 2011 Jody rated it it was amazing
Several years ago I was on a blind date that wasn't going well. He suggested, after our lunch, that we go to the mall because he needed to look for a gift. That's when I discovered this book and I have LOVED it ever since! I've read it aloud to countless adults and children in my best Texas Twang and it's always a big hit. I don't remember his name or anything else about the date, but I'm SO GLAD I found this!
Megan B
Apr 22, 2009 Megan B rated it it was amazing
If you read this, it simply MUST be read with a Texas twang. Bubba lives with his wicked stepdaddy and two wicked stepbrothers. He c'aint get his chores done in time to do-si-do with Miz Lurleen at the ball. He must rely on the benevolence of his fairy godcow to get him there in style. Miz Lurleen's hair reminds me of Dolly Parton's wig, circa 1970's.

My kids loved it; they wanted it read three times in a row.
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author and mother of two grown sons. Texas, where she lived for 9 years, is one of her favorite places and several of her books are set there. She, her husband, and their two cats currently live in Sanibel Island, Florida--where plenty of armadillos live, too.
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