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DIAMOND JIM DANDY AND THE SHERIFF by Sarah Burell

DIAMOND JIM DANDY AND THE SHERIFF

By Sarah Burell (Author) , Bryan Langdo (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: April 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4027-5737-2
Publisher: Sterling

Is Dustpan, Texas, big enough for both the sheriff and a rattlesnake? This small Western town is so sleepy, the sheriff does a lot of babysitting, “to pass the time.” When a rattlesnake slithers through town, the sheriff springs into action, warning the creature he’s not welcome. Not long after, the sheriff hears a commotion at Earl’s Saloon (“Dang!” he cries. “Something’s actually happening in Dustpan!”) and moseys over to find the rattler entertaining all the customers, much to the sheriff’s ire. The snake has similar success at the ladies’ quilting bee and with the children in the playground. Still, the tone-deaf sheriff holds a town meeting to announce his plan to run the rattler out of town. It takes an emergency, during which the snake becomes a hero, to convince the sheriff of the newcomer’s sincerity. Langdo’s watercolors have an appropriately dusty feel to them, and he outfits the rattler with fetching diamonds and two petite fangs that stick out from his upper lip to add to the amiable foolishness. A valuable message delivered in a droll package. (Picture book. 4-7)