Gribnau to sign copies of 'Kick the Cowboy'

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Local author Joe Gribnau will be at Book & Game Co., 38 E. Main St., from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday to sign copies of his children's book, "Kick the Cowboy."

Gribnau, a Berney Elementary School teacher, said in a news release the idea for Kick's story came from his son, Riley.

"When he was little he would dress up with his cowboy hat, boots, plastic gun belt and six-shooter and, of course, a stick horse. He would then ride around the house yelling, 'I'm Kick the cowboy.' I thought the name was great and the story grew from there."

Kick is the greatest cowboy in the West. But when his ego swells to the size of Texas, he becomes downright mean. However, there is one person who's not scared of the Kick. When sweet, little Belle loses her puppy, she asks Kick for help. He scowls at her request, and she responds by kicking him square in the knee. The cruel-hearted cowboy stumbles to the ground.

As the two face each other eye to eye, the town is shocked by what happens next. Kick, suddenly overcome with guilt, begins to cry. As teardrops plop into the dust, Belle offers her hand in forgiveness, and the bully is given a second chance.

"I think the message here is pride comes before a fall," Gribnau said in a news release. "Kick was a great cowboy, but the minute he started thinking that, his life changed for the worse."

The book is illustrated by Woodstock, Vt., native Adrian Tans. Tans also illustrated "Pirate Treasure Hunt!" and "Witches' Night Before Halloween."

Gribnau is also the author of "Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmas."

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