cover image Every Cowgirl Needs Dancing Boots

Every Cowgirl Needs Dancing Boots

Rebecca Janni, illus. by Lynne Avril. Dutton, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-525-42341-6

Having secured a trusty horse (er... pink bike) in her previous outing and picked out a flashy pair of "dancin' boots," now all Nellie Sue needs are some like-minded companions. She invites the neighborhood%E2%80%94including the "glitter girls" who prefer ballet slippers to cowgirl boots%E2%80%94to a "Barnyard Bash." Janni and Avril lovingly capture Nellie Sue's devotion to her cowgirl persona, charmingly out of synch with her suburban surroundings. When the whole neighborhood appears at the garage door, it's enough to turn the sunset-lit clouds into galloping horses. Though spilled lemonade makes the proceedings a little sticky, readers who share Nellie Sue's passionate nature will cheer her persistence and success. Ages 3%E2%80%935. (June)