Grab your cowboy hat and boots and saddle up for one rootin’, tootin’ story featuring Alice from Dallas.
Dallas, Pa., that is. Every day Alice rides her pony (the wooden kind) to school and entertains her class with tales of the Wild West. She reckons she’s “the only cowgirl in all of Pennsylvania.” That is, until Lexis, a “real” cowgirl from Texas, comes to town and treads on Alice’s turf. There’s bound to be a showdown between the two girls—at noon, of course, on the playground. While Lexis acts out a stagecoach holdup and throws a lasso better, Alice challenges by dancing a sprightly Texas two-step. When Lexis tries to show her up by duplicating the twirling moves, she falls down and hurts her foot. The next day, Alice feels guilty and visits Lexis to say she’s sorry. Each girl acknowledges the other’s skill, and it turns out that two cowgirls are better than one. The comic watercolor-and-ink illustrations don’t miss a beat in capturing the amusing rivalry that turns into friendship. Pigtailed Alice sports plaid shirts and jeans; blonde Lexis is a sparklier sort—a rhinestone cowgirl, if you will—who dresses down with a Lone Star T-shirt.
The clever ending is a yee-haw moment that will rope in readers as quick as tumbling tumbleweeds. (Picture book. 4-8)