Cowboy Christmas is here! Rob Sanders' debut picture book is the tale of cowpokes Darryl, Dub and Dwight who are stuck so far out on the range at Christmas, not even Santy can find them. They miss the holiday traditions so grub chef Cookie suggests they recreate them. The results are disastrous: burnt molasses-bean cookies, steers with stick antlers and a thorny cactus for a tree. But when the cowpokes mope off to work cows, Christmas miraculously comes to their camp and even Santy makes an appearance.
Rob's humour is perfectly seasoned with cowboy jargon and John Manders' illustrations flesh out the story in lively, southwestern color. Publishers Weekly calls the book "a rip-roarin' good time," and Booklist says, "The warmhearted and goofy story hits all the right notes for a hearty Yuletide warble."
The Cowboy Christmas website offers a wagon load of fun: Cowpoke recipes, musical and theater productions, and writing craft suitable for all ages. Mintz Elementary in Brandon, Florida has chosen the Cowboy Christmas musical for their holiday program. And the book's only been out one day! It won't hit most store shelves until the Christmas season but it's available online now. Rob's devoted his blog posts this week to the book's debut and the experience of seeing that first book published. To meet him in person and snag autographed copies of Cowboy Christmas, check out Rob's Appearances schedule on his blog's sidebar.
I write middle grade and young adult books with a magical twist, and I'm represented by the fabulous Leslie Zampetti at Open Book Literary.
Lorin Oberweger - Freelance Editor