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Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door

Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door
$12.99
Format: Hardcover

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Quick Overview:

Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door, written by Denette Fretz and illustrated by Gene Barretta, tells the tale of a city slicker named Conrad whose biggest challenge during his summer of cowboy training is the know-it-all cowgirl next door.
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“I hear that becoming a cowboy can be dangerous. Especially if you don't know the rules.

I don’t know the rules.”

It’s a good thing Conrad brought his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit to Uncle Clint’s ranch because learning how to be a cowboy turns out to be a lot harder—and more painful—than he thought. Conrad has a lot to learn – including don’t squat with spurs on and never wave your red sweatshirt at a bull. But the biggest challenge of all is dealing with Imogene Louise Lathrup, the know-it-all-cowgirl next door. When Imogene shows up, she is all too happy to point out Conrad’s shortcomings. In this follow-up to their  debut hit Pirates on the Farm, author Denette Fretz and illustrator Gene Barretta team up once again to tell a humorous tale about what it means to love your neighbor.

Contributor Denette Fretz , Gene Barretta
Short Bio Denette Fretz

Denette Fretz's passion is creating imaginative, engaging stories that help children understand and apply biblical principles. A veteran elementary educator, Fretz resides in Medford, Oregon with her husband, two teenage children, a sassy cat, and a spastic Jack-A-Bee.

UPC 025986723491
ISBN-10 0310723493
ISBN-13 9780310723493
Publish Date Sep 2, 2014
Weight (lbs) 0.9200
Length 40.00
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zonderkidz
Price $12.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Dianna
Overall Rating
This is such a cute and funny story. I really enjoyed it and I think you will enjoy it as well. The pictures are well done and the story was written well. Would be a nice addition to your child’s library. Geared to kids ages 4 to 8 it would make a great gift for the upcoming holiday.

We loved this story. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. (Posted on 11/21/14)
Review by Virginia
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This story is seriously cute and humorous, and a great means of talking about what it means to love your neighbor. It’s also a great conversation starter about not acting like a know it all, even when you do know more than your friends.

My daughter adores the illustrations and this book is now on her short list of favorites.

***Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): As a member of the Z Blog Squad, I received the aforementioned product from Zondervan to facilitate this review.*** (Posted on 11/17/14)
Review by The IE Mommy
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My kids, especially my five year old daughter, love books! I thought Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door looked like a cute book that both my son and daughter would enjoy. They love Zonderkidz and all their Christian books with great messages.

This book is for ages 4 - 8 so I thought it would be perfect for my 5 and 6 year olds. Unfortunately, this is the first book in a long time that neither one of them really liked. After reading through it a few times and talking with them, I can understand why.

First of all, the writing is really different. It's very matter of fact. I don't think there's anything wrong with that but I think kids are used to a little more whimsy in children's books. The humor is also very dry, which I personally appreciate, but I think a lot of it they just didn't get. I tried to make it funnier with my voices while reading it.

Poor Conrad is having a rough time at cowboy camp, largely in part thanks to Imagene. She's not the nicest girl either and seems to be there every second he is down on his luck. My favorite quote of the whole book is "Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads." What a great lesson to teach kids! I really tried to focus on that with my kids and talking about kids that are maybe not so nice to them and how to handle it.

I thought the illustrations were great but again, my kids didn't love them. It's hard to explain but they just have their older look to them that kids today might not be used to. I think I appreciate it more because it reminds me of illustrations from my own childhood.

I loved how at the end of the book there was a "Vocabulary Poetical" page that had some cowboy themed poems that were really cute.

Overall, Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door just wasn't for my kids. While I understood their reasons for not liking it, I actually enjoyed reading it because it was funny yet had a great lesson. Hopefully at the very least, they will remember the lessons learned when it comes to dealing with the Imagene's that will surely be in their lives.
(Posted on 11/6/14)
Review by April
Overall Rating
Conrad is a lovable character who adds some great humor to the story. His genuine care for others is a great starting point for discussion as well as forgiving and loving those who hurt us. Even though Conrad was bullied by the cowgirl he truly chooses to model Christ and help rather then be spiteful or unloving. I wish the authors would have kept the story going a little bit longer to truly see forgiveness and love.

The ages start at 4 but I think this book would be better for the older group especially if your child doesn't know much about being a cowboy. Before we could get to the moral of the story we had to talk about what an auction is, how bids are made, and a few other things such as spurs and wrangling.


(Posted on 11/1/14)
Review by Laura
Overall Rating
Title: CONRAD AND THE COWGIRL NEXT DOOR
Author: Danette Fretz
Illustrator: Gene Barretta
Publisher: Zonderkidz
September 2014
ISBN: 978-0310723493
Genre: Children’s ages 4-8

“I hear that becoming a cowboy can be dangerous. Especially if you don't know the rules.
I don’t know the rules.”

It’s a good thing Conrad brought his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit to Uncle Clint’s ranch because learning how to be a cowboy turns out to be a lot harder—and more painful—than he thought. Conrad has a lot to learn – including don’t squat with spurs on and never wave your red sweatshirt at a bull. But the biggest challenge of all is dealing with Imogene Louise Lathrup, the know-it-all-cowgirl next door. When Imogene shows up, she is all too happy to point out Conrad’s shortcomings. In this follow-up to their debut hit Pirates on the Farm, author Denette Fretz and illustrator Gene Barretta team up once again to tell a humorous tale about what it means to love your neighbor.

CONRAD AND THE COWGIRL NEXT DOOR is a sweet kids’ story for preschool and elementary age children. Conrad has a lot to learn about being a cowboy. Good thing he has Imogene to help point out everything he does wrong.


If you are looking for a cute children’s book for your favorite child, CONRAD AND THE COWGIRL NEXT DOOR is a good option. Recommended. (Posted on 10/25/14)
Review by Jalynn
Overall Rating
About the Book:

I hear that becoming a cowboy can be dangerous. Especially if you don't know the rules.

I don t know the rules.

It s a good thing Conrad brought his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit to Uncle Clint s ranch because learning how to be a cowboy turns out to be a lot harder and more painful than he thought. Conrad has a lot to learn including don't squat with spurs on and never wave your red sweatshirt at a bull. But the biggest challenge of all is dealing with Imogene Louise Lathrup, the know-it-all-cowgirl next door. When Imogene shows up, she is all too happy to point out Conrad s shortcomings. In this follow-up to their debut hit Pirates on the Farm, author Denette Fretz and illustrator Gene Barretta team up once again to tell a humorous tale about what it means to love your neighbor."



About the Author:

Denette Fretz is a first grade teacher whose passion is crafting inventive, engaging stories that encourage life-application of biblical principles. Fretz resides in Oregon with her husband, two teenage children, a sassy cat, and a spastic Jack-A-Bee.



My Review:

Love your Enemies, is something Jesus tried to teach us to do well. But even after all these years we still have trouble getting it right. Even our children and those in later generations will always have this same problem. This is the most precious book to drive home that point to our children. Geared towards the 4-8 age group, Conrad is a little boy that would like to learn how to be a cowboy but he always has the young next door neighbor, Imogene bugging him about it. Whether it's Imogene assisting him on how to ride a horse or on how to be a cowboy, this little girl doesn't realize how hurtful her words can be.

As soon as Imogene falls from grace as she gets off her high horse. Conrad quickly comes to her aid, like any friend should do, even though Imogene treated him poorly. His Uncle Clint advises him that he has learned the most important rule about being a cowboy and it is Forgive Your Enemies, it messes up their heads. Full of life lessons and pure heart, this children's book is helpful in other ways as well. There is a poetic vocabulary section as well as a page in the back of the book that the author chooses to share something from her own personal experience related to the story.

It is really hard as a child to be taught how to respond to unkind words and actions from others. But in Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door, Conrad is able to show Imogene as well as all the children that hear his story a thing or two about loving our enemies even when it hurts. If you would like to learn more about this book, you can do so at this link.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me for my honest review from the Z Blog Squad and Zondervan. (Posted on 10/21/14)
Review by Sally
Overall Rating
Conrad Bates is a tenderfoot but is not troubled by that at all because in all his escapades in the book, he has his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit! He goes to Uncle Clint’s ranch to learn how to become a cowboy. He finds out it is harder than he thought. His biggest challenge was learning to deal with Imogene Louise Lathrup….the girl next door…and she was a know-it-all!

This is a hard-cover book that is beautifully written and illustrated. It shows time and again how Conrad forgave Imogene for her unkindness, but also how he helped her when she needed it.

I feel this would be a great book in helping teach your youngster at an early age how to deal with bullying and learning forgiveness even when it hurts.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, for an honest review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
(Posted on 10/16/14)
Review by val
Overall Rating
I thought this might be a funny book! But Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door is written by Denette Fretz and is illustrated by Gene Barretta. It is published by Zonderkidz. was just a bit too silly for me or any of my little sisters under 12. First the art work turned me of then the story which kind of just ended.

“I hear that becoming a cowboy can be dangerous. Especially if you don’t know the rules. I thought this would be funny but the characters did not make me laugh.

It’s a good thing Conrad brought his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit to Uncle Clint’s ranch because learning how to be a cowboy turns out to be a lot harder—and more painful—than he thought. All he seems to do is bandage himself and learn very few lessons. Conrad has a lot to learn – including don’t squat with spurs on and never wave your red sweatshirt at a bull. I was disappointed that there was not enough cowboy feel to the book . Supposed to be about loving your neighbor but it turns out the " mean" little girl shows love and Conrad learns little. (Posted on 9/5/14)

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