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Children's Fiction Friendship

Ninja Cowboy Bear Presents the Call of the Cowboy

by (author) David Bruins

illustrated by Hilary Leung

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2011
Friendship, Humorous Stories
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2011
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2012
    List Price

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Out of print

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


When the bear wants to spend the afternoon photographing birds, the exuberant cowboy inadvertently makes a nuisance of himself as he loudly chews bubble gum, hops on a pogo stick and slurps a pop. When the ninja just wants to read quietly, the cowboy is wildly distracting as he drums on rocks, bats a paddleball and gabs on his cell phone. The cowboy's boisterous mood prompts the ninja and the bear to drop their respective activities, leaving their pal alone to wonder why no one wants to be with him. Can he find the peace and quiet he needs to figure it out? Readers will appreciate the warm and witty approach to getting along and will also love the playfully bold illustrations rife with fun-to-spot detail.

About the authors

David Bruins lives in Dundas, Ontario, and spends most of his days as a computer programmer. However, he`d much rather spend his time riding his bicycle, playing guitar or telling stories to anyone who will listen.

David Bruins' profile page


Hilary Leung est auteur, graphiste, illustrateur, joueur d'ultimate et papa. Il est le co-créateur des livres de la série Ninja, cow-boy et ours présentent. Hilary habite à Toronto avec sa famille.


Hilary Leung is a Toronto-based designer and illustrator. Several years ago, Hilary self-published his first picture book, The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear. More recently he's worked on projects for Story Planet, a nonprofit organization that encourages young people to create and tell their stories. When not creating, Hilary can be found at home playing with his two awesome children. You can find out more about Hilary at

Hilary Leung's profile page

Editorial Reviews

So far, the ninja and the cowboy have received time in the spotlight; fans will be anticipating the bear's entry, which is sure to follow.

Kirkus Reviews

Colorful, humorous cartoons illustrate the text.

School Library Journal

User Reviews

Style AND substance: this book is a winner

This looks like the kind of stylishy designed book that hipsters buy for their children (who are called Tallulah) at overpriced boutiques, but in addition to being cool, The Call of the Cowboy is a really great read. We are 2 and 32, and we loved the story whose sounds were great fun to read. Style AND substance: this book is a winner!

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