Wielding a giant pencil, Paws McDraw is “the fastest doodler in the west.”
In a colorful cartoon-style parody of an Old West town, Paws (apparently a large rodent—perhaps a prairie dog) regales a host of bunnies, who gather round to hear his stories of how he saves the day by drawing his way out of trouble. Rather like Harold with his purple crayon, Brecon’s character can amend reality with a stroke of his pencil: he can draw tracks across a break to save a train from plummeting from a bridge and create firefighters out of thin air to save a burning orphanage. His masterstroke is to rescue Timmy rabbit from the well by dint of a swiftly drawn bucket. The whole town celebrates with a cupcake festival—but not so fast! The Rascally Raccoon Gang rides into town, heck-bent on spoiling their fun. In time-honored tradition, after several misfires, Paws creates a magician out of the baker rabbit, who turns the villains into cupcakes. The punchline is inevitable: “Those raccoons got their just desserts!” sniggers Paws smugly. The whole conceit depends on readers’ understanding the Old West tropes, but if they do, it may tickle some funny bones.
It’s not particularly deep, but it’s got enough sight gags to be entertaining. (Picture book. 3-6)