The Ballad of Wilbur and the Moose [NOOK Book]

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MEET WILBUR LITTLE, a lime-juice drinking, pint-sized, sombreroed cowboy who herds pigs for a living. Wilbur tackles the villains he meets in the forms of pig-rustlers and gamblers, along with his loyal companion, Alvin (who happens to be a big blue moose), an off-key singing piglet, and a book-loving pig from Yuma. Their hilarious antics and pell-mell are the norm in a wacky western world where creative problemsolving is needed for good to triumph over evil.The Ballad of Wilbur and the Moose was originally ...
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MEET WILBUR LITTLE, a lime-juice drinking, pint-sized, sombreroed cowboy who herds pigs for a living. Wilbur tackles the villains he meets in the forms of pig-rustlers and gamblers, along with his loyal companion, Alvin (who happens to be a big blue moose), an off-key singing piglet, and a book-loving pig from Yuma. Their hilarious antics and pell-mell are the norm in a wacky western world where creative problemsolving is needed for good to triumph over evil.The Ballad of Wilbur and the Moose was originally published in a slightly different form in 1989 to wonderful acclaim by Publishers Weekly, People, and The New York Times Book Review Children’s Bookshelf. John Stadler recently located all of the original artwork (as well as creating one all-new spread) so that this publisher could bring this book back to the full glory it deserves.

A cowboy fond of lime juice and a big blue moose work their way through a version of the Wild West where rustlers steal pigs and the dealer in your card game may be a crocodile.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When Whiskers the cowboy is asked for a song by the campfire, he obliges with the ballad of Wilbur, ``the weirdest cowboy ever to hit the trail.'' Wilbur and Alvin--a blue moose and former boxer--head west to herd pigs. They round up their porcine charges from a cactus branch, a saloon, the gallows and the stockade of a no-good gambler. The proverbial bad guys attempt to steal back the pigs, but are defeated by a bath in lime juice (Wilbur's favorite drink), and a punch from Alvin. Stadler has won fans with his zany Animal Cafe and Hector , the Accordion-Nosed Dog . In this book he offers an appealing and clever hero who will draw readers in with his creative problem-solving. With a witty telling and illustrations to match, the book delivers a rollicking good time. Ages 3-7. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
Originally published in 1989 and billed here as new and revised (though evidently not enough to update the copyright year), this somewhat tall Western yarn recounts the exploits of young Wilbur Little, a lime-juice-loving pig-herder who takes on a crooked gambler and then a set of rustlers with help from his ex-pugilist blue moose, Alvin. Though the rhyming tends toward pedestrian and the rhythm sometimes makes a break for freedom-"The moose, his name was Alvin, / A heavyweight boxer, they say, / Who knocked out everyone he fought, / And then called it a day."-the relentlessly oddball plot and clean-lined, firmly tongue-in-cheek cartoon illustrations will carry young readers and listeners along to the final warning: "Don't laugh out loud or point, my friend, / Just move on slow down south, / Or you'll find you're full of lime juice / With a moose punch in your mouth!" Sung in a frame story by a cowpoke named Whiskers, his snoozing companions at the end make their own, unvoiced comment. Yup, a real knee-slapper. (Picture book. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385386814
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/30/2014
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

John Stadler is the author of almost 30 children’s books, among them the recent Big & Little and the bestselling Hooray for Snail. Many of his titles have been selected by ALA Editor’s Choice, the CBC’s Children’s Choice, and Reading Rainbow. He lives with his wife, Nomi, in New Hampshire.
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