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The Wildest Cowboy


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A brilliant rhyming story and delightful illustrations come together in this funny, fast-paced Wild West adventure, perfect for reading aloud.

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Garth Jennings has directed many music videos and commercials as one third of the production company Hammer and Tongs. His work includes videos for Blur, Radiohead, Beck, Fatboy Slim and Vampire Weekend. He is the director of two feature films - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) and Son of Rambow (2007) for which he also wrote the screenplay. He has just directed the newly released, Golden Globe nominated, Sing, a feature length animated film with an all-star cast, from the studio that created Despicable Me. He has also written The Deadly Seven for Macmillan Children's Books. Sara Ogilvie is an award-winning illustrator and printmaker who won the 2011 Booktrust Best New Illustrator Award and the Books are my Bag Readers Award, 2016. The first picture book that she illustrated, Dogs Don't Do Ballet, was also shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. In addition to working on her picture books, Sara lectures in Illustration and Graphic Design at Northumbria University and continues to create work that is exhibited worldwide. She is inspired by many things including old second-hand bookshops, old wives tales and trying to spell sounds. Sara lives in Newcastle upon Tyne.


The Wild West isn't usually a setting for many picture books (at least in the UK), which seems a shame based on this riotous, colourful adventure, which fuses the joy of fancy dress with the dusty remoteness of a pioneer town. This is film director and writer Garth Jennings' debut picture book, and his Seuss-like rhyming text powers the story along with the bouncy rhythm of Bingo B Brown's train. Sara Ogilvie's vibrant, animated and detailed illustration is a perfect partner, giving a fearless sense of fun triumphing over fear. * BookTrust *
This is an absolute joy to read and is packed full of fun and colourful illustrations that complement the story perfectly. * LoveReading4Kids *
Eye-catching right from first glance, this wonderful story with its catchy rhyming text is a perfect read-aloud... superbly illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, this is a Wild West tale with a difference. * Parents In Touch *
The energetic rhyme begs to be read aloud and is perfectly matched by Ogilvie's vibrant, busy pictures, which bring an extra level of humour and storytelling to the text. * The Bookseller *
Old-fashioned cartoon drawings make this a real winner - so colourful! * Books Monthly *
Saddle up and head to town for a big, beautiful bonanza of bold colours, brilliant storytelling and wacky Wild West adventure! * Lancashire Evening Post *
A must-read for any cowboy (or girl) mad six-year-old! * @__thefarmerswife__ *
One of those books that becomes a family favourite on the first read... It's a great story - by the writer of the movie Sing (another fave) - and the illustrations are beautiful. It's perfect for all ages, but especially 3-7, and a must-read for little bookworms. * @kate.plus *
Undoubtedly one of our favourites we have ever read, such a well written, funny, story with a really lovely moral ending. * @fivelittledoves *
Brilliant pictures and engaging story, everything you'd expect from the writer and director of Sing. * @theonlywayislatte *
The illustrations in this book are top notch, not that you would expect anything less when the lady illustrating is also known for The Detective Dog! The book reads in a very sing-song fashion which definitely helps keep the interest of little ones and the overall message is one of fun and being silly triumphing over fear. * @porridgeandparenting *

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