Dwight, Darryl and Dub are stuck on a range for Christmas sniveling because Santy Claus won’t be able to find them, and they will have to forego the Christmas festivities. These cowpokes create a tree out of a cactus, make cookies out of molasses and beans (yum-o) and tie twigs and bandannas to their heifers that look ridiculous. Because of all their creative endeavors, Santy Claus does show up wishing them a very Merry Christmas. After their visit with Santy Claus, they are concerned about being stuck with cows for New Year’s Eve and no party. Will they get a party?
Lil cowboys and cowgirls between the ages of two through five will have a darn tootin’, rootin’ tootin’ good time with this original, funny and well-written picture book for Christmas. Make sure to rustle up Cowboy Christmas by Rob Sanders and illustrated by John Mandersfor them.
Rob Sanders grew up in Missouri with a passion for reading and family being important. Luckily, for is it was his sixth grade teacher who encouraged Sanders to pursue his talents of art, music and writing. For more information regarding the author John Sanders, please visit his website at http://www.robsanders.com.
John Manders studied children’s illustrations and animation at the School of Visual Arts and Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. His other interests are puppetry and learning Italian. John does extensive research before implementing his drawings. Maybe that’s why his work is so good. They are done using 2B pencils on layout bond paper, and then he transfers the drawing onto Arches 300 lb. hot press watercolor paper. There is an ‘underpainting’ in neutral tones with Windsor and Newton Designers gouache with the color painted on top of that using Prismacolor pencils for highlights and accents. Be sure to check it out. For more information on the artist John Manders, please visit his website at http://www.johnmanders.com.
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