Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Review: The Cow-Pie Chronicles by:James Butler

The Cow-Pie Chronicles
About the Book:
Ten-year-old Tim Slinger and his nine-year-old sister Dana face danger, excitement, and heartbreak in this story of life on a modern family farm. Though Tim (aka Poop Slinger) and "Devil" Dana engage in intense sibling rivalry that gets them both into hilarious situations with barns, ropes, farm animals, city-kid cousins, and each other, they are soon forced to confront unwanted changes when the farm is lost. As they face an alien world in town, Dana readily adapts to a new way of life while Tim resists, sending the siblings down separate but intersecting paths. Although an unexpected encounter puts Tim back into familiar surroundings, will life ever be the same? This fresh and humorous account of modern rural living brings a unique approach to the time-tested theme of families and communities coming together under challenging circumstances.

About the Author:
James L. Butler has been writing novels for over twenty years, mostly science fiction for adult readers at first but now creating Children's books. The Cow-Pie Chronicles is his most recent project, a chapter book due to be released September 24, 2013 by Publishing Syndicate. The Cow-Pie Chronicles is closely based on Jim's childhood growing up on a small family dairy farm in the mid-west with his younger sister. More information on the author and the books can be found at Coast Range Publishing facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/raptorravine

My Review:
 The Cow-Pie Chronicles is such a witty collection of stories told by the author about the author when he was a child growing up on a farm and all that a life like that entails. I love the funny recollections. It sounds alot like my children. We raise chickens so I'm sure alot of the arguments Tim and Dana had way back when are exact replicas of what my children tend to argue about today. Life on a farm with all of its daily duties is not what its cracked up to be. The animals have their own definitions of yuckiness.

 The name calling and the pranks pulled on each other is sibling rivalry at its finest. The Slinger family eventually lose the family farm. But Tim Slinger never forgets the lessons it has taught him. He returns with his son several years later to share with him and to reminisce about the good old days. It is only then that he realizes how all the hard work really paid off and made him the man he was today.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me at no charge for my honest review from the author.