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TEN-GALLON BART by Susan Stevens Crummel Kirkus Star

TEN-GALLON BART

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

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: March 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-7614-5246-X
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

Meet Ten-Gallon Bart, sheriff of Dog City, the most peaceful town in the West, because he’s done a bang-up job. But Bart’s tired of being brave and bold, he’s ready to hang up his star and retire. Then the headline shrieks, “Billy the Kid on the Loose! Headed for Dog City on the Noon Train.” Bart rounds up Miss Kitty, Wyatt Burp, Wild Bill Hiccup and Buffalo Gal, who stand behind him (literally) when he meets the train. But the minute Billy the Kid licks his lips and yells, “I’m BAA-AA-AA-D,” everyone in town runs for cover except Bart. He faces the big bad goat head-on, but Billy head-butts him out cold and chomps his hat and star. The town comes to Bart’s rescue and together they alter Billy’s personality. The textured collages corral every bit of Wild West punnery in this laugh-out-loud romp. The large format gives full rein to Donohue’s artwork to detail the wild and woolly action and close-ups, personify the animal characters and exaggerate the ten-gallon hatful of humor overall. A quick-draw of quick-witted guffaws, guaranteed to get your goat and make readers grin. (Picture book. 5-8)