THE TALE OF LAZY LIZARD CANYON by Doris Burn

THE TALE OF LAZY LIZARD CANYON

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Burn's Old West spoof pits the ""broad-shouldered and slim-hipped"" sons of Old Bull Hokum against the ""manly boys"" of Old Bronco Burley in a fight over rights to Lazy Lizard Canyon. While the two factions are fighting it out over the card table--""seventeen games of Spit in the Ocean""--rustling each other's steers, or hating each other ""in a healthy sort of way,"" young Lafe, the sentimental black sheep of the Hokum family, secretly woos Miss Mattie Mae Burley, ""an angel from heaven."" Of course Lafe wins her in the end, and their plans to marry shock everyone: ""he ain't even a real he-man."" They take over the disputed canyon for their own ranch, and the two families settle down to long nights of checkers. Bum seems to have had some fun both trotting in all the cliches and stereotypes and illustrating them with her expressive brown washes. And so might readers who aren't put off by the picture-book appearance.

Pub Date: May 3rd, 1977
Publisher: Putnam