A southwestern Cinderella story with a twist. “Way out West, where dreams come true, lived a poor cowboy named Joe Cinders.” Joe does all the chores while his mean stepbrothers, Buck, Bart, and Butch Bronco, spend their days counting buzzards in the sky. When pretty Miss Rosalinda invites them to her fall fiesta, the Bronco boys are determined that one of them will sashay her up to the preacher. Poor Joe is left at home to watch the cattle. Suddenly a mysterious fella in baggy overalls appears, and with a few waves of his crooked stick Joe is ready to knock Miss Rosalinda off her feet–if the escaped prize bull doesn’t do it first. This hilarious southwestern Cinderella story will make every reader wish for a fairy godfella.
Marianne Mitchell kicked up her boots on a desert ranch called the Rafter Five when she was a child. Now she spends her time wrangling with writing and roping in readers for her stories. She’s living happily ever after with her husband and her two cow-dogs in Tucson, Arizona. <BR>Bryan Langdo is the author and illustrator of “The Dog Who Loved the Good Life.” Since there aren’t many ranches in New Jersey where he lives, Bryan had lots of fun watching Westerns and eating popcorn while he researched the illustrations for this book.<BR>
<p>Bryan Langdo is the author and/or illustrator of more than twenty books for children. He is the illustrator of the popular picture books <i>Hero Dad</i> and <i>Hero Mom</i>, both written by Melinda Hardin, among other titles. He is also a monthly contributor to <i>Cobblestone Magazine</i>. Bryan lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children. Learn more online at www.bryanlangdo.com.</p>