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TEN-GALLON BART BEATS THE HEAT by Susan Stevens Crummel

TEN-GALLON BART BEATS THE HEAT

By Susan Stevens Crummel (Author) , Dorothy Donohue (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5634-6
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

Blistering heat drives a California canine to the Alaska gold rush. Dog City is sweltering, and Ten-Gallon Bart feels miserable. A story in Barker’s Weekly gets him drooling for a colder climate. It looks like Paradise: “No more HOT DOG—I’m fixin’ to be a CHILLY DOG!” North he travels; verdant Alaska surely is beautiful, but when Bart starts fishing he runs afoul of angry bears who consider the lake exclusively theirs. Bart’s sledding adventure is interrupted by a moose with a shotgun, and his prospecting for gold hampered by snowfall. A picture of Bart covered in snow ends up in the latest edition of Barker’s Weekly, and, back in Dog City, Bart’s friends raid their piggy bank and put together a rescue party. Finding him in the nick of time, they bring him back to Dog City, which, he realizes, is truly Paradise. Crummel’s cheeky narrative (with several clever turns of phrase and lots of onomatopoeia) and Donohue’s quirky, textured layered-paper illustrations complement one another to a T in this substantial frontier yarn. (Picture book. 4-7)