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Super Cowboy Rides

     Meet six-year-old Tommy Johnson, Super Cowboy and Super Story-teller. In SUPER COWBOY RIDES, Daris Howard captures boyhood in rural America, as seen through the eyes of his precocious, adventurous narrator.
     Want to build a box to capture wild cats that roam the farm? How about tips on catching a greased pig at the fair, or teaching a stubborn lamb to avoid being trampled by angry milk cows?
     From the first paragraph, when Tommy explains why a boy needs a dog for a pet instead of a cat, he wins us over with his down-to-earth and humorous view of the world.
     But once Tommy begins school, things get complicated. He cannot learn to read. He gets put in the lowest reading group and told to stay in the back of the classroom coloring. He gets picked on by teachers and mocked by classmates. And when tragedy strikes to shatter his idyllic world even further, Tommy must carry a burden far beyond what any first-grader should have to face. In the process of dealing with his grief, Tommy learns the meaning of true friendship.

“These evocative tales of boyhood in rural America are rich with honest sentiment. Daris Howard’s young hero learns lessons on the real meaning of friendship, on problems with bullies, on where babies come from, and ultimately what things matter most.” ~ Chip Deffaa, Voices of the Jazz Age.

“This is the perfect family read-out-loud book. What will this little cowboy do next? We laughed so hard, and my eight-year-old begged me to not stop reading. Super Cowboy Rides reels you in from the first page.” ~ Stephanie Ashcroft, NY Times Best-selling author.

“Super Cowboy Rides reminds me of when I was a boy and we would visit my grandparents' farm in Utah where my cousins would try, in a loving way, to kill me. It has a ring of authenticity; I loved each chapter.” ~ Jack Weyland, best-selling author of Charly and other YA novels.

"The little boy, Tommy, reminds me of Calvin from the 'Calvin and Hobbs' comic strip by Bill Watterson because of his mischievousness. It is such a fun book to read!" ~ Celese Sanders syndicated columnist of “Little Bits Of Life"

"In a style reminiscent of early Richard Peck, Daris Howard introduces us to Tommy Johnson, super cowboy and super storyteller. The reader is invited to share in the many first-hand adventures of a five to six year old boy raised on a dairy farm in southeast Idaho during the economically hard 1960s. But our guide has everything any super cowboy could want: parent to love and guide him and brothers to help him get into and out of trouble. Tommy’s best trait is that he gives every project his best effort and many times his heart. He catches untamed cats to helping his brother try out a new parachute design from the barn loft; he drags a reluctant bum lamb home from a generous neighbor and turns it into a best friend despite many unplanned for bruises; and he morns a dear neighbor’s sudden death. He continuously touches our funny bones, and our hearts, as well as our memories of the innocence and insight of youth." Julie Clark – Children’s Literature Professor at BYU Idaho


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