PECOS BILL by Ariane Dewey


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Strung-together tall tales about folk figure Pecos Bill, who becomes the leader of a bad gang by riding into their camp on a lion with a rattlesnake around his shoulder. He invents the lasso by roping a gila monster with the rattler, harnesses prairie dogs to dig his fence-pole holes so he can keep his lassoed cattle from straying, rides astride a tornado, and marries Slue Foot Sue when she comes riding a giant catfish down the Rio Grande. His exploits, with suitable pictures or none at all, could catch the fancy of the easy-reading age as well as adding a little ginger to the genre. However, Dewey's oddly androgynous, willowy Bill is out of synch with the spirit of the tale. Her figures look fluid, not rugged or pesky, and her telling lacks flavor of any sort.

Pub Date: Feb. 14th, 1982
Publisher: Greenwillow