This simple story of a Wild West enthusiast with a penchant for pastry will tickle the funny bones of young listeners and parents alike.
The unnamed young boy, referred to as “the sheriff” throughout and identified that way by a (probably) paper star taped to his blue fedora, has apparently been sent to the bakery for a dozen doughnuts. Along with his adorable gray dog (aka deputy), the sheriff wends his way home on foot, greeting kids and grown-ups along the way. He doesn’t get far, however, before he decides to peek into the box—at which point he falls prey to the lure of a plump, powdered donut. Roxas’ charming illustrations are drawn with graphite and colored digitally in subtle but appealing hues. A hint of sepia echoes the faux homespun language and Western theme. They showcase a clean, friendly small town of leafy streets and small shops, populated with perky cartoon-style characters. The pictures also provide evidence of the sheriff’s crime, to which he is amusingly oblivious. As a result, he is increasingly spooked by the perspicacity of the people he meets along the way. McGhee’s deadpan delivery contrasts nicely with her tongue-in-cheek tale while Roxas’ pictures provide extra action, atmosphere and amusement.
Packed with personality, from the pastries to the people to the delightful deputy dog, this sweet confection is sure to satisfy. (Picture book. 3-6)