Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp
Henry Holt, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch
he canine character from a previous book by the author is back, and this time his owner, Brown Shoes, is going away on vacation. Rather than stay with his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Pink Slippers, who only likes cats, Buster is being sent to Cowboy camp. Buster is sad that he will be separated from Betty the cat and his owner.
ed Boots welcomes Buster with a bandana and gives him a tour. After an intial bout of shyness and fear, Buster ends up playing all kinds of games, such as
, and even helps cook beans and bacon over the campfire. The last scene depicts a contented Buster, drooling and snoring away, with his bunkmate, Snarkle the bulldog, by his side.
child who may be sleeping away from his or her parents for the first time will identify with Buster, who anticipates homesickness and loneliness, but ends up having a great time at his kennel/camp.
leming used pulp painting, which is a papermaking technique, to depict Buster at camp. Buster and the other dogs are charming in their bandanas. For extra fun, the author has included a list of
on the book's back cover.
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