Saturday, December 3, 2011

Children's Book Review: The True Adventures of Tip the Catahoula-Leopard Cowdog by Barbara Gourley

The True Adventures of Tip the Catahoula-Leopard Cowdog

Author:  Barbara Gourley
Paperback: 28 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse Publishing (August 9, 2011)
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Note: I received this book free from the publisher. The review posted below is based on my personal thoughts while reading the book.


★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

I love to read children's book at night, a wonderful way to bond with my children (a boy - five and a girl - two). Since reading Tip's story to them, they keep asking me to get them dogs. Wish I could give in to their request but I think they're too young to have dogs. We just added two hamsters to our family hoping I could delay getting them dogs.

After reading this the first time to my kids, I can tell that they instantly loved the book as they had a lot of questions. I have read tons of children's books to them and I can tell if they didn't enjoy a certain book. If they sleep immediately without asking questions, that means they didn't like the story. The only problem I had with this book was that I think the illustrations are not enough for my kids, you know at their age, they're still into pictures. Other than that, the book's great to buy this Christmas.  

About the book:

My story about Tip attempts to convey to the readers about how the love of a dog can be so entertaining. Watching him provided a distraction from the seriousness of my husband's illness and sitting with him watching TV gave me the opportunity to spend time writing about Tip as he went about his merry way. I've never attempted to write a book, but when Tip came into my life it was as if I could read his thoughts. He was so hilarious. There were always new trials and tribulations to deal with as he was growing into a mature cowdog. This is Tip's life from my point of view, one crisis after another.

About the author:

I've been a Texan all my life, born and reared in Llano, Texas. My high school sweetheart, Gerald Ratliff and I were married for 46 years. We have two sons, Tim and Troy. My husband loved ranching. That was how I learned just a little bit about ranching. A friend gave my husband a pup, much to my chagrin, but he soon captured my heart with his funny antics that gave us something to laugh about. I now enjoy a very happy and peaceful life of retirement on a ranch near Blanco, Texas with my husband, Norm Gourley. Blanco is a small town of about 1500 residents just 50 miles north of San Antonio. The Blanco River meanders its way through the middle of town. Recently, the courthouse scenes from the movie remake of True Grit were filmed in the historical Blanco courthouse in the middle of the town square. During that week there was quite a lot of excitement in our sleepy little town as sitings of the movie stars were being reported and some local residents had small parts in the movie. It is my hope you will be entertained by my depiction of Tip, The Catahoula-Leopard cowdog as much as I was by his actions at a time when he brought joy into our lives.


Barbara Gourley said...

Thank you for your good review. I'm so happy your children liked the story about Tip. They can hear more about Tip in his new book "The NEW Adventures of Tip - The Catahoula-Leopard Cowdog in about 2 - 3 months.

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