MR. YOWDER AND THE TRAIN ROBBERS by Glen Rounds

MR. YOWDER AND THE TRAIN ROBBERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Mr. Yowder's knowledge of snake language stands him in good stead when a gang of train robbers decides to hole up in the same deserted hotel Yowder has chosen for his own vacation. Fortunately Yowder has already taught the hotel's resident rattlesnake how to tie square knots, so when the robbers leave Yowder in the bottom of an old dry well, the snake enlists the neighboring rattlers to form a snake ladder for his escape. Once Mr. Yowder has climbed out and pulled the snakes up after him, he finds that ""His weight had pulled the knots so tight the snakes were unable to undo them, and it took Mr. Yowder a half hour or more to get them untied from one another."" Yowder and the snakes hatch an even grander scheme when the robbers return with their loot: surrounded by rattlers, the robbers find themselves being herded to town and the pokey. But bumbling officials are the rule in Rounds country, and the dumb posse rides right by the robbers unaware. A typically un-slick ending to a typical Rounds tale--and that's darn good.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1982
Publisher: Holiday House