COYOTE RUN by Gaëtan  Dorémus


From the "Stories Without Words" series
Age Range: 6 - 8
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A droll if severely abbreviated cowboy tale—wordless and with a decidedly loopy climactic twist.

Depicted in flurries of straight, scratchy lines and scribbled colors in a sequence of full-page panels, the episode begins and ends with an escape. Hotly pursuing a coyote who has broken out of jail and galloped off atop what looks more like a hyena than a horse (none of the figures here are quite identifiable), a lawman with the head of a donkey (perhaps) catches up with his quarry in a rocky cul-de-sac. When a passing ladybug defuses the tense confrontation, the steely-eyed opponents lay down their guns and break out the stemware for a comfy fish dinner—after which the two flee together from a charging squad of cavalry (also mounted atop hyenas). That chase ends at the edge of a cliff, where, to the consternation of their pursuers, clouds of ladybugs suddenly rise to carry both fugitives away. For what it’s worth, sharp-eyed and repeat observers will note that the ladybug is a sort of outside observer who actually makes frequent appearances, from the front cover illustration on.

Silly, surreal fun: Deeper meanings, if any, are well-concealed, but who needs ’em? (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: March 31st, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-59270-147-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2014


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