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GULLIBLE GUS by Maxine Rose Schur


by Maxine Rose Schur & illustrated by Andrew Glass

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: Aug. 17th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-618-92710-4
Publisher: Clarion

Cowboy Gus is sweet but naïve. He’s often teased and tricked, which makes him sad. Doc Hickory sends him to the town of Fibrock, where he must find the biggest liar to tell him the tallest of tall tales, thereby teaching Gus how to distinguish flimflam from truth. The grand liar, Hokum Malarkey, is happy to spin stories on top of tales. He tells Gus of outlandish people like Cantankerous Clem, whose only friend is a parlor chair, and Backwards Hannah, who, as sheriff, rounds up criminals before they commit crimes. By story’s end Gus, who thought he had it all figured out, discovers that there is a blurry line between truth and fiction. The rollicking text is stuffed with such snappy words as whim-wham, chuckleheads and taradiddle. With hues of brown, orange and blue, Glass’s comical art is befittingly energetic and folksy. One can’t believe everything one is told or reads, but this darn good yarn will have kids galloping through the pages of this middle reader. (Fiction. 6-10)