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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Buckaroo Chuck: Cowboy For Reals is an illustrated work of children’s fiction penned by author Lexi Kinney, complete with artwork by Marinella Aguirre. Aimed at children from ages three to seven years, this fully illustrated and very colorful book centers on its hero Chuck, who dreams of one day becoming a successful rider at the rodeo. As we follow him in his quest to learn the right skills, meet the right people to guide him and achieve his goal someday, there are also important safety lessons about the modern rodeo and the importance of wearing helmets and safety gear.
Author Lexi Kinney has created a relatable everyday hero in Buckaroo Chuck, a sweet young boy who wants to follow in the great tradition of the cowboys he looks up to, and ride bulls in the big rodeo someday. The narration is clean and clear, with simple lexis for older, standalone readers and plenty of key vocabulary for the younger ones to learn as they read along with an adult. The central messages about safety, working hard for your dreams and building your self-esteem are all wholesome and very valuable too. As for illustrations, artist Marinella Aguirre brings the people and animals of the story to life with a mix between contemporary cartoon drawings and a realistic color palette of old fashioned western shades. The results are beautiful, and I would certainly recommend Buckaroo Chuck: Cowboy For Reals as a great starter picture books for rodeo fans and little buckaroos everywhere.