The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Townby Mary Casanova, Ard Hoyt (Illustrator)
The day Dirk Yeller came to town, the wind curled its lip, cattle quit lowin', and tumbleweeds stopped tumblin' along. Townsfolk whispered. "He starts stampedes!" "He holds up trains!" "He's trouble!"
When Dirk Yeller scours the town for something to stop his itchin' and twitchin' and jumpin' and rattlin', no one seems able to help. But Sam, who's been/i>
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Reviewed by Rita V for Readers Favorite "The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town" is a nostalgic and whimsical children's book written by Mary Casanova with illustrations by Ard Hoyt. When Dirk Yeller rolls into town everyone and everything halts to a dead silence. The town folk are sent into mass panic except young Sam, who is quite enthralled with Dirk's every move. Dirk stomps into the various old west buildings demanding that someone help his curious case of 'cat scratch fever'. He is a-itchin' and a-twitchin' and nobody in town can seem to calm old Dirk Yeller down. The town folk freeze in fear until Sam and his friend Jenny find a creative way to help Dirk and satisfy his intensifying itch. Creatively written, this story is one that children of all ages will be able to easily comprehend and fall in love with. The nostalgia of the Wild West is a brilliant setting for this story to be told in. The illustrations throughout the book are lively, bold and bright. The pages truly come to life in a unique way with loads of excitement and tons of fun. I love the main concept behind this enthralling story. It is a meaningful, yet captivating children's book that inspires the reader greatly. Just because Dirk Yeller seems to be a huge stubborn man with a lot of negative history, he also shows a sensitive side and that his heart can be melted. This story encourages children to read and imagine and allows them just to be kids! Dirk Yeller is able to let his guard down just like any other person who needs a great outlet. Books connect us all and this wonderful and empowering children's book certainly is one that I would recommend for all children.
Mymcbooks Blog's Review: You can't help but to smile after reading 'The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town'. The story tells about an outlaw who came into Sam's town to look for solutions to his problems, something to stop his itching and twitching. After moving from one store to another with no help, Sam decided to take him to the one place that would help solve his problems.the Library. With the help of Miss Jenny and Sam, Dirk Yeller opened books and read. The more he read, the less his problems. Who knew that the power of books will help soothe a savage outlaw's problems? The powerful message is the importance of books in the lives of children and how founding the right book and the importance of reading can help them to focus. I also love the illustrations by Ard Hoyt making reading this book fun. I highly recommend this book. FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.