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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Hitchin' Post and the 6B Ranch Kids, Book 3 is an adventure picture book written by Julie Barker and illustrated by Carolyn Altman. Hitchin’ Post and the crew of 6B know how to work around the long, hot summer days. They get their jobs done early when it’s a bit cooler out, and then they relax a bit, enjoy a game of horseshoes, or simply take a nap and snooze a while. Nick, Hitch’s good friend, is a dad. Hitch helps him with his three kids. Bubba is nearly old enough to do a man’s job, and sometimes he does do stuff that Bo, his little brother, can’t come along and be a part of. That’s hard for Bo because he’s crazy about Bubba and wants to do everything he does. Sis is the middle child. She loves Bo and would like to be there for Bo when Bubba is busy with the crew, but Bo’s rejection makes her cry. Hitch notices and decides it’s time for Sis to get a job of her own, something he knows she’ll love and be good at.
Julie Barker’s Hitchin' Post and the 6B Ranch Kids transports young readers to a working ranch and gives them an idea of what being a kid in those circumstances would be like. The author also addresses issues they may be familiar with, such as sibling rivalry, little brothers or sisters wanting to hang out with their elder siblings, and the need for kids to have something they can be involved with. I love the way the author and illustrator work together to make reading this book an immersive experience. You can almost feel the hot sun and see the vast expanses of open land that are part of a working ranch. Carolyn Altman’s artwork captures the essence of the ranch and the environment with precision, and her portraits of Bo, Bubba, and Sis are perfect. Barker’s story is a grand story-time read, but the accessible language and large print make it an ideal selection for a young reader to try on their own as well. Hitchin' Post and the 6B Ranch Kids, Book 3 is most highly recommended.