Bodie & The Burnt Orange Sunset

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"Bodie & the Burnt Orange Sunset is a charming and delightful book that Longhorn parents and grandparents will love. It's sure to be an instant classic. Hook 'em!"
—Sally Brown, wife of Texas head coach Mack Brown

Born under a blazing burnt orange sunset on a Texas ranch, Bodie the steer didn't look like much at first. He was a runt, but he knew he'd grow up to be big, strong, and famous.
When Bodie sets out on a magnificent journey across the Lone Star State, all the ...

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Overview

"Bodie & the Burnt Orange Sunset is a charming and delightful book that Longhorn parents and grandparents will love. It's sure to be an instant classic. Hook 'em!"
—Sally Brown, wife of Texas head coach Mack Brown

Born under a blazing burnt orange sunset on a Texas ranch, Bodie the steer didn't look like much at first. He was a runt, but he knew he'd grow up to be big, strong, and famous.
When Bodie sets out on a magnificent journey across the Lone Star State, all the creatures he meets make fun of his small stature. However, with a little luck and plenty of hard work, Bodie triumphs over a parade of pesky rivals to become the biggest, baddest, and brightest Longhorn around.
This beefy and brightly illustrated tale of Bodie's rise to stardom as Bevo, the cherished mascot of the University of Texas, features an encouraging message of perseverance, a lot of Longhorn spirit, and a list of facts about the real Bevo.

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Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Little boys who live in Texas—especially those whose family members are associated with the University of Texas—will probably enjoy this story of how the University got its mascot, a longhorn named Bevo. Told in rhyming verses, this is the story of a longhorn runt named Bodie. Because of his small size, he is teased by everyone around him. But he doesn't give up or give in; instead, he eats and trains hard, and before long he is one of the biggest longhorns anywhere. After he settles some old scores with his enemies, he goes to live in Austin, where he gets the job of becoming Bevo, the University of Texas mascot. At the back of the book is a page containing facts about Bevo, and longhorns in general. The rhyme and rhythm schemes in the story are awkward at times, and the illustration colors seem a little dark for this type of picture book. Although the basic theme has widespread appeal, and the history of the longhorn in general is fascinating, both are mostly obscured in this very Texas-centric book for Texas University football fans. Texans may love it; Non-Texans, probably not so much. Reviewer: Leona Illig
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589808751
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick King is an award-winning producer and copywriter who has spent years working in the field of advertising. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, King lives in Houston, Texas.

Mario Rivera is an illustrator and commercial artist who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Houston, Texas.

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Highly Recommended!

    This is an adorable book that UT fans young and old will enjoy! It's clever, beautifully illustrated and fun to read over and over. It's a great quality book as well so it makes a great gift!

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

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    A fun read with incredible illustrations

    It is an absolute pleasure for someone who used to live in the great Lone Star State, to receive a book that's literally dedicated to the Longhorn that went from being a tiny little runt to Bevo - the beloved, cherished mascot of the University of Texas. This fantastic tale allows readers to watch Bodie, a steer who was born deep in the heart of Texas, become a literal icon. He came into the world just as the sun was setting one peaceful evening; and, as his Mama and Papa beamed with love and pride, the sky turned the most beautiful shade of burnt orange. In this state that is inundated with miles and miles of big sky, burnt orange is a true blessing, and everyone on the farm knew that this tiny calf was going to be something special. Now, of course, all the animals teased him because for a Longhorn, let's just say that Bodie was on the extremely small side. In fact, he'd be called a runt by many. But Bodie knew that no matter how many animals teased him, he would one day make them all eat their words. From page to page we see Bodie and what he has to face along the path to his future; he stumbles across quite a number of mean, angry critters until one day a tornado (something Texas has certainly seen before) was created by a wondrous feat that Bodie made happen. Sure enough, we readers route for Bodie as he grows big and strong and decides to pay a visit upon the animals and people who did him wrong in the past. This is a fantastic tale that not only is a fun read for children, but also a great gift for Texas fans who truly love their mascot - Bevo. Included in the book is also a great background history of the real Bevo, who is a true Texas Longhorn that has been a staple at the University of Texas football games since 1966. Part of Bevo's background even includes facts about the Silver Spurs, an organization who specifically cares for him, as well as Bevo's presence at a presidential inauguration. Quill says: The tale of Bodie is not only a fun read that parents will enjoy with their children, but it also offers incredible illustrations. Whether a UT fan, or not, the historical information, mixed with an extremely well-drawn tale that focuses on overcoming difficult odds and persevering through all types of hardships in order to get your dream, makes this an absolutely charming and unforgettable read. I would say that Bodie is a character that will be revered just as highly as Ferdinand the Bull has been for decades. This is a definite 'must-buy' present!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2010

    Great for Longhorn Fans

    Found this book. It's soooo cute! It's like Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer for UT fans. Bodie grows up thinking he's going to be famous, but the other cows just taunt him. So he leaves the ranch and journeys across Texas meeting up with other mascots- who aren't too nice to him. But then Bodie grows big and strong and travels back home and along the way shows the other mascots who's really boss. **SPOILER ALERT** Back at the ranch, he's treated like a hero and chosen to be the next Bevo.

    And there's a "Do You Know the Real Bevo" page with lots of Bevo fun facts. Portion of sales goes to supporting Bevo and an Austin literacy program.

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