Cow Boy Is Not a Cowboy by Gregory Barrington

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Friendship can come from the most unexpected places. Any children’s book that helps kids be accepting of others is a five-star in my mind!

Goat Girl lives on a boring, mundane farm where everything is extremely ordinary. Goat Girl is NOT ordinary. She likes adventure and trying new things. When she runs into Merle, she thinks he’s a cowboy because he’s a COW and a BOY. Merle, however, does not want to be called a cowboy. Goat Girl refuses to give up on pulling Merle out of his shell, and the two of them become quite the adorable pair.

My kids and I absolutely loved this story. Goat Girl is so full of energy and fun, she’s easy to love. She’s silly, and creates a fun-filled story that we’ll continue to read over and over. Merle is the epitome of grumpy. I kept envisioning him as this grumpy old man that was continually bothered by this energetic young kid.

With Goat Girl’s consistent refusal to accept that Merle isn’t a cowboy, she is able to pull Merle out of his funk. It’s adorable to see how the two of them become friends as the story progresses.

The illustrations in this one are great! I loved the bright colors and the extra details throughout the pages. There is a lot to look at and enjoy on each page!

Overall, I loved this one! It’s an easy to understand story that my kids were captivated by. I highly recommend it!

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Cow Boy Is Not a Cowboy by Gregory Barrington to all young children from pre-school to middle-elementary.

Where to Find This Book:

Cow Boy Is Not a Cowboy by Gregory Barrington is available at these sites.

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Meet Goat Girl and Merle: an irresistible pair of characters who show young readers that the best friendships are built on more than first impressions.

Goat Girl—an adventurous goat—lives on Humdrum Farm, a place where everything is ordinary, and she’s looking for some excitement . When she meets Merle—a bull—she mistakes him for a cowboy since he’s both a cow and a boy. Cowboys aren’t ordinary so Goat Girl can’t wait to introduce herself.


An annoyed Merle insists he’s not a cowboy.

But will this not-a-cowboy change his mind when his rootin’-tootin’ dream has a chance to come true?

Saddle up and find out in this hilarious, rollicking unlikely friendship story perfect for fans of Jory John’s Goodnight Already!, Ryan T. Higgins’s Mother Bruce, and Suzanne Lang’s Grumpy Monkey.

Just the Facts:

Cow Boy Is Not a Cowboy by Gregory Barrington
Genre: Childrens
Page Count: 40 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pub Date: October 20, 2020


I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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