COWBOY UP! (Boyd Mills Press, 2013) by Nancy BoFlood is crafted with a delightful mixture of verse and prose. Flood’s writing grabs the reader by the hand and invites him or her into the unique world of the rodeo—a rich experience from anticipation at practice to the thrill of competition. It’s like she plunks the reader right in the saddle alongside each rodeo competitor from wooly rider to bull wrangler. Every page turn is packed with excited urgency, honest nervousness, and sometimes glory. The verse sections allow readers to practically taste the dust and feel the rope burn, while the prose unveil the mystery behind how rodeos work.
COWBOY UP! is an original approach to making the rodeo fascinating and accessible to all. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never participated in mutton busting or seen a Brahma bull--you’ll feel like an insider after reading this book.