Wednesday, October 22. 2008
We were thrilled to meet Alexis O'Neill's new characters in her latest book, The Worst Best Friend. We noticed that many characters appear to be busy in the background. One in particular caught our attention. We know him as the "Cowboy Dude." Alexis O'Neill asked us to come up with a story idea: If she were to write a book about the Cowboy Dude, what do you think his problem should be?
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It could be about Cowboy Dude trying to impress his class on a field trip becuase he feels they all think he's a weakling because he's smaller than everybody else and because he dresses different.
The "cowboy dude's" problem should be that all the other boys tease him because he plays with girls, because in The Worst Best Friend, he is seen to be playing double-dutch with girls, or the problem should be that his best friend moved away andnow, he has no best friend.
What if Cowboy Dude has no friends and is always alone? He is always last for lunch with no one to eat with, and he eats by himself. He never has any friend with him.
At school recess wasn't fun. Until a new kid came to town ( the cowboy dude). "Everyone jump, jump rope," he would say, " Dribble, dribble shoot!" Climb, climb slide!" " We can make recess fun!" He would also say, "Kick, kick score!" He showed everyone how to make recess fun. He is different from everyone else and could show everyone how there are different ways to have fun at school.
Cowboy Dude is really smart, but everyone thinks he looks dumb and nerdy because he has a cowboy hat and his cowboy boots are terrible for running or sports, so he doesn't play with a lot of people. He's always late for lunch and is last in line (see illustrations in The Worst Best Friend) because he does extra work. Cowboy Dude is usually lonely because of how he looks.
The cowboy dude's hat is too tall and when he walks, he always falls down and smashing into somebody, and the person says mean things to him.=(
I think the problem should be Cowboy Dude getting picked on. So, everybody teases him and makes fun of him.
you have a very goog idea i wounder if she is going to put that in the book ;-}
The cowboy dude's problem is that he is sad and lonely because his horse got sick. People want to play with him but he hates people. He is always at the end of the line too because he can't walk fast with his giant hat.
I like your idea. I think it's kind of funny that he can't walk with his giant hat.
I think the cowboy dude's prolem is that people make fun of him because he is a cowboy dude and he looks funny and he dose not like it when people make fun of him. It make's him mad and no one want's to be with him.
I think that cowboy dude's problem could be that his hat is too big and it keeps getting in the way of him and other people, and the other kids are getting mad at him because of it.
Cowboy Dude used to live somewherein Texas. His problem is that he got transferred to a different school in California and people always made fun of him. They were making fun of him because he wasn't normal like the other kids in his school, he had a weird cowboy accent, and always got bad grades on anything.
I think the cowboy dude's problem is that no one wants to be his friend and he is very lonely. And during class time people tease him because he wears a funny hat.
I think that the cowboy dude wants to have new friends abd he meets lovey so they want to play together and all the other characters from the other books will play with him too. :]
I think that the cowboy dude is lonely and wants to make friends
He gets made fun of because he doesn't fit in with everyone else because of his funky clothes.Not only his clothes but he will always have an accent and the kids make fun of it.
Why don't we have cowboy dude named Cavy and that everybody liked him but when this new student named Jacky changed his life bad and then suddently he was tired of it so he change Jacky's life bad too.
The cowboy dude is always doing work in school and while recess. Everyone thinks he wants to be a show off.
What about his name is Jack and he enters a contest where you have to ride a horse and lasso a calf and he is really bad at it and people make fun of him but, he does a lot of hard practicing then in the end he wins 1st place
I think the dude lost his hat and had to wear auglyone and every body laughed. Then one DAY HE FOUND HIS HAT!
Hi Kids! Wow! I'm blown away with all the good ideas that you've already posted here about the Cowboy Dude's problem. You've given me lots to think about. How do you think he got his hat and boots??
It says ( in my story). Until a new kid came to town. He could be from Texas or Montana and he could show everyone diferent ways to have fun! He could show them ways to have fun when he was in Texas or Montana!
He got his hat from stiching it from his brown bed sheets and his hat from reeds and when he got the reeds he went over under over under.
Maybe it was Halloween, and the cowboy suit was his costume. he liked the costume so much he wore it for school!
I think his problem is that he comes from another school from the west and they dress likie cowboys there, and he is allways last in line because kids tease him about the funny boots.
Wow. You are all coming up with some creative ideas. Keep 'em coming! Some of you have talked about the Cowboy Dude being different, lonely, last or from a "cowboy" state. I wonder what kind of "cowboy" expressions he would use that are different from the kids on the playground?
He could say, " Howdy everybody! Let's go have some fun!" I really don't know, but maybe someone else has an idea. I like how you use funny words and I was trying to see if I could think of some in my story.
That is a reasonable idea, Will! I think some cowboys also use that language, too.
He would say howdy hawl dude or yippide haw yippide haw. He could also say Howdy
Maybe lots of people laughed at his tennese acient. But one day some one liked him the way he was. They were best friends.
What about cow boy dude was walking on the hill and recess queen ran over him and his hat fill off and then he finally show his bold head or something inside that is his favorite objects!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maybe he can't talk at all! Or, maybe he is too shy to say anything.
Cowboy dude's problem should be that people tease him because he wears a gigantic hat.:-)When they take the hat off, there is red hair underneath and he was embarrassed to have an unusual hair color. Everybody likes his hair and he is happy.
The Cowboy Dude rides a horse to school. His horse is old so he is always late for school. The horse was so slow that it caused him to be slow, late, and always last.
cowboy dude should have a problem that is when he gose to school everyone makes fun of him because he is dreesed as a cowboy.
I think the entire school will go on a field trip. But since he's alway's late ,he misses the buses. He thinkes there's no school and goes home!
he must be we=aring that close causse hes might have whatched a move about cow boys and he would llike to be one some day and that is why he wears that hat and boots
cowboy dudes problem should be that he is the kid with the texas accent and evereyone makesfun of him
The Cowboy Dude's problem is he always got tease at school because he wears clothes that look funny. Now he is always alone not playing with others.
Cowboy Dude's problem is that he has hair that sticks up like a mountian,so he wears a cowboy hat to cover it. He wears the cowboy clothes to match the cowboy hat and all the girls at school like him even mean Jean! Therefor none of the boys like him to play with them because they don't want the girls to attack them while they're playing so he plays with the girls while they kiss him!
The cowboy dude's problem is that he alwas gott teased since his close were funny
I think that kids are teasing the Cowboy Dude because he is wear a funny tall hat. Maybe he wears a tall, funny hat because in the story The Worst Best Friend he ha big chunks of hair on his head so maybe the he has to wear the hat.
Yikes, kids! Between yesterday and today, comments on the blog have exploded! This is terrific! I like the way that you're playing around with the idea of how the Cowboy Dude can use some fun "cowboy" words. You've also got me wondering about what's under -- or inside -- his big hat. What could he be keeping under his hat (besides his hair)?
Okay, I hope you don't mind me jumping in on the fun! I love everyone's ideas and wanted to throw in one of my own. If cowboy dude is so lonely, how about him keeping his best friend in his hat? Because no one talks to him, cowboy dude could have a pet mouse, hamster, or something small like that inside. They have a great relationship. The animal gives him friendship and courage. And what if the pet wore a cowboy hat, too?
I think that the cowboy dude's problem is that another cowboy dude is much better than him and they have a fake showdown and the main character cowboy dude wins.
people tess him by saying hi are you from the 1800's and he feals bad because he might think that they think that being a cow boy is a bad idea.
may be he has his lunch and his text books in his hat so everyone is laughfing at hime because he keeps every thing in his hat
peopel tess him for having a big hat and they tess him by saying to you have a gallon of gas in there
Thank you Mrs O'Neill for giving your time to blog with us!!! I hope you got a lot of good ideas for the new story you're going to create about Cowooy Dude. THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!\
Dear Mrs. O'Neil,
Thank you so much for taking some time off to blog with us! I am so sad to leave this blog alone for. . . . well, probably forever. It was probably the only time I could blog with an author, specificly (Did I spell that right?) you. After the "cowboy dude's book" is published, I hope all of us can meet together and celebrate, just like what the kids that helped you with The Worst Best Friend did after that book was published. And just like what William H. said, THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH!
Dear Mrs O'Neil
Thank you that you for taking time of to blog with us! When I get older I might never to blog with an author again. And I really hope that "Cowboy Dude" will one day be a book. I want to do the same thing as the other kids now in 7th grade that help you plublish that "Worst Best Friend". THANK YOU SO MUCH:-
Thank you ever so much Mrs. O'Neil for blogging with us! I had a great time!
Thank you for blogging with us Mrs O'Neil. I will never forget this experience. I enjoyed blogging with you.THANK YOU!!!!!!!
Mabe cowboy dude could have lots of freinds but his parents says its time for him to move to a diffrent place
thank you for bloging with us Mrs O'Neil. i will never forget this experience with an author. i am also happy that you had so time to blog to us.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH SEE YOU NEXT TIME!!!!!!!!!!
I will always read your books. You have inspired me to be a good charetor and to have time for people. SYou have also inspired me in righting stories. thank you SOOOOOOOOO much!!!!! i don't think that we will be seeing each other again so this is our finel good by:-(
Thank you a lot for blogging with us and I will never forget this amazing time blogging withyou. So now go out there, write your book, and have a great time publishing your book. Have a nice life.
Dear Mrs. O' Neil,
Thanks for taking time off from your work to visit us. We really enjoy your books. They are all interesting and have great drawings! Thank you so much!
dear mrs o'neil
thank you for taking time and letting us give you ideas for your new book i hope you use some of the ideas that we put here for you. i hope that you have a great life and have a great time in takeing pride in your work and us also. i will also read the next book that you write. you insire me by making stores and fantises. i have bine doing good in writing stores at school because of you. i hope that i will be some one like you when i grow up and be an aldut. this is the most best time that i had in the intire school year and in my life. one las thing thank you SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have a great idea of what the cow boy dood can be. He can be a kid who is a cow boy and that likes to learn
Dear Mrs O'nell,
I hope your new book about the cowboy dude will be a sucess. i think that thje cow boy dude is in love with Lovey and trys to impress her until one day he dropped all his boots and shoes down and changed into a ganster and then lovey likes him but then all his friends say he looks weirdso he has to change back but some how lovey stills like him and he becomes happy again.
And thank you for blogging with us miss o'neil and i will necer forget this moment
The new book of your is probably exciting. if i ever get to read it, i will probably be happy to read it. i will want to buy a new one at the book store.
I'll be sure to read the book on the cowboy dude's problem. Oh, and bye, Ye-ahn. I won't forget you. You're moving next, next week, right? Anyways, bye!
I think he is tooooooooo short to play in any gams and no one likes he.He is also a SUPER nerd and he stays at shcool too long so he barly been seen at lunch.So he only talks like a cowboy.
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