Trafalgar Square Publishing, Hardcover, 9781570765018, 44pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2011
Luke lives by the ocean but dreams of tall mountains to climb, wide open fields to run through, dusty boots to stomp, and a pony for a best friend. In his dreams he's Tex, a rugged little cowboy with a great big job. Tex works on the Wymont Ranch, where each day is full of important responsibilities. He looks after the animals, checks fences, irrigates the land, rounds up the herd, and takes good care of his horse, Thunder. Adorably illustrated with authentic photographs, this original tale shows the power of a child's imagination while illustrating the day-to-day activities on a working ranch.
"Lawson avoids both cutesiness and the feel of a vanity project, focusing on the simple pleasures of hard work and a job well done. The seriousness with which the book takes Tex's role on the ranch validates children's dreams and ambitions." —Publishers Weekly (August 22, 2011)
"This ode to the range emphasizes the enduring allure of the American West." Kirkus Reviews (September 2011)