Kerby ‘Webb’ Webster & Kinny the Rodeo Hound

G. Mitchell
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Young Adult

Kerby Webster prefers to be called a cowman instead of cowboy.  It shows he has respect for the profession, and isn’t just about flash and pomp.  This also tells a lot about Kerby as a man.  With the accidental death of his son and daughter-in-law, Kerby has recently become the sole guardian of his teenage grandson, Chuck.  Their relationship starts off a bit bumpy with neither knowing how to relate to the other, but when their mobile home is stolen, they, along with neighbor Marcy, will have to work together to get back their home.
At its heart, this is a sweet story about a grandfather trying to impart wisdom and life lessons to his grandson.  Unfortunately, the well-meaning plot gets drowned in overly complicated vocabulary, poor sentence structure, and constantly changing verb tenses that make it difficult for the reader to understand what is actually going on or why one should care.  The book is also full of implausible and absurd situations that make it hard for the reader to become invested in the story.  The author should either make the book a comedy, leaving out the moral storyline, or expand the moral storyline and come up with more believable situations to guide the action.  This story better lends itself to the latter, as Kerby and crew end up finding not just their physical home, but a home for their hearts as well.  

Leslie Stokes