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Cactus Annie by Melanie Williamson

The Story: Cactus Annie doesn’t want to go to cowgirl school. On her first day she gets everything wrong and Miss Tumbleweed, the teacher, tells her that she must try harder. On the second day of school Cactus Annie arrives to find that the pesky rats have stolen all the cows so Miss Tumbleweed sends everybody home. On the way home Cactus Annie hears cows mooing in a nearby barn and discovers the pesky rats making cheese. After saving the cows Cactus Annie gets a gold star for being the best cowgirl in the town and the rats are sent to jail.

I went to a picture book writing workshop at an SCBWI conference last year which was led by Melanie Williamson. Having heard her talk about the book I was intrigued to read the the story. It’s hilarious, quirky and very original but also conveys a message about bravery. At the start of the story Cactus Annie is timid but after daringly rescuing the cows she gets a huge boost to her self confidence.

The humour in this story is conveyed through text and pictures, there are so many little details that make us laugh – the cheese making machine, the rabbits with carrots in their holsters, the pesky rats on their trikes… It also introduced my daughter to new vocabulary with lasso practice, barn dancing and the spurs on the back of the cowboy boots providing us with lots to talk about.

This very funny story is unlike any other picture book we have read and the wonderfully quirky illustrations provide great entertainment.

Author / Illustrator: Melanie Williamson

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6 responses to “Cactus Annie by Melanie Williamson”


  1. Christine M. (Cool Mom) avatar

    This looks fun and we love funny in our home! Thanks for sharing,
    Hopping along the kid lit blog hop,
    Cool Mom for
    Stanley & Katrina


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is a hilarious story. Thanks for visiting Story Snug 🙂


  2. Renee C. avatar

    That looks like a fun book! Thanks for sharing it in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.


    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome. The Kid Lit Blog Hop is a great way of discovering new blogs 🙂


  3. Julie Grasso avatar

    This looks absolutely adorable. You had me at rabbits with carrots in their holsters. Thanks so much for linking it in to the Kid Lit Blog Hop


    1. Catherine avatar

      There are so many quirky little details in the illustrations, I’m sure there are are still more for us to find!

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