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The Dirty Cowboy

The Dirty Cowboy - Adam Rex 4/3/13 ** I requested this book from the library because I'd seen it on a "most challenged" list. Apparently, some have trouble with the nudity - of course, the premise is that the cowboy can't get his clothes back from his dog after he took a bath. The illustrations are very clever, with key body parts covered by the dog's tail, ears, dust whirlwinds, etc.

What really drew me to the book though is the prose. Amy Timberlake must have worked many hours on choosing just the right words. This would be a fabulous mentor text in writers' workshop. Fabulous verbs, interesting layout of the words on the page, a wide range of interesting vocabulary, etc.