From the creators of Dear Benjamin Banneker (1994), rip-snorting picture-book biography of the first African-American cowboy...

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BILL PICKETT: Rodeo-Ridin' Cowboy

From the creators of Dear Benjamin Banneker (1994), rip-snorting picture-book biography of the first African-American cowboy inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Pickett, ""quick as a jackrabbit, more wide-eyed than a booty owl,"" left home at 15, having already invented his famous bulldogging technique--controlling balky cattle by gripping their lips with his teeth and twisting. As a ""wild-tiding South Texas brushpopper,"" he quickly earned a reputation working both ranches and the rodeo circuit, putting on shows from Mexico City to London, and making steer-wrestling the standard rodeo event it is today. Based on both published sources and interviews with one of Pickett's descendants (and with an afterword called ""More About Black Cowboys""), this covers the essentials of his career while casting Pickett in the mold of a folk hero. Although readers may be disappointed to see only one scene of Pickett performing his spectacularly gross trick (sinking his teeth into the lips of a steer), the swirling lines and brushstrokes of the scratchboard illustrations ably second the text's energy and vivid imagery.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1996

ISBN: 0152021035

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Gulliver/Harcourt Brace

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996