Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas

Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy 1Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas.  Ages 3+.  Beach Lane Books.  Sept 2012.  4 pages.  ISBN-13: 978-1442442764. Fiction. $12.99

At a Glance:

What a fun book!  There’s singing, hilarious interruptions, sound effects, and nice people with a happy ending.  The illustrations are bold and cheerful.  The story and illustrations are both appealing to older children and adults while still being very accessible to young children.

This is a favorite with both me and my son.  I enjoy reading and singing it to him and he laughs and laughs when I read it to him.  We read this book over and over again and enjoyed it each time.


Cowboy is singing his little cows a lullaby before bedtime.  (You can hear the lullaby here and see a trailer for the book.)

Each time he is about to finish the song he interrupts himself and lets out a shriek because he thinks he sees a spider, a snake, and a bear.  Each time his little cows tell him calmly that it’s a flower, a stick, and another little cow.

Finally, a wolf approaches him and the little cows run.  The cowboy thinks that this time it must be a sweet bunny – so he doesn’t have to be afraid.

When the cowboy realizes that it is a wolf, he asks if wolves like lullabies.  Sure enough, the wolf LOVES lullabies.

The cowboy sings to them and they all go to sleep.

Our Experience Reading this Book:

Oh how we giggled and laughed!  It was fun to sing to my son and he seemed to really enjoy it.  By the third time we had reread this book my son was singing along with me.

The illustrations are so vibrant and the thick lines and bold colors highlight the humor and do a great job setting the tone.

There aren’t a lot of words and it is a quick read/sing.  This is a great book to read to my son now because it is fun and it will be a perfect book for my son to read to me when he gets older.  The large, clear text and repetition of the song make it very appealing as a book for an early reader.

Rhyming Dust Bunnies (links to my review), also by Jan Thomas, is another one of our favorites.  Please take a moment to check out her books.  Also, on her website are some fun activities to do (for children and adults alike).

Her books are fantastic and fun!

Author/Illustrator Websites:

Some of My Favorite Reviews of this Book:

Where Obtained:  Library.

FTC Disclosures:  Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” If you click on the link and purchase the book, I will receive an affiliate commission.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


kidlitbloghopI’m linking this post to the Kid Lit Blog Hop hosted at Motherdaughtbookreviews.com.  This happens on the first and third Wednesday of the month.  Please go check it out and post a review of your own!  There are lots of great reviews, ideas, and activities for children here!


  1. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

    This book keeps popping up! You make it sound so great. Even though my son is 6, he still does enjoy the picture books. He just enjoys being read to as does my 10 year old. It’s still part of our routine. I’ll be very sad one both my kids won’t want to be read to anymore! Thanks so much for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop once again. So great to see you there! 🙂


    • I love that your children still enjoy picture books. I hope they continue for a long, long time. I think it is fantastic that you have a routine of reading to them!

      Thank you for hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop — I always look forward to it.


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