Cowboy Rodeo

Cowboy Rodeo

by James Rice

In his colorful, Southwestern cowboy vernacular, Texas Jack tells how rodeos came about.


In his colorful, Southwestern cowboy vernacular, Texas Jack tells how rodeos came about.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-5-- Fans of Rice, whose Texas Night Before Christmas (Pelican, 1986) is a legend in the genre, will relish this dual account of the development of the rodeo. Rice writes a brief statement--usually one sentence--about some facet of the rodeo as it emerged from plain, ol' cattle ranchin' and rasslin'. Then his alter ego, Texas Jack (a jackrabbit) adds a similarly brief, illuminatory comment. The text is illustrated with two-page spreads of Rice's inimitable cartoon sketches. Readers who know about rodeos will take to this like a horned toad to an anthill. Others may have more trouble understanding it, but they can just enjoy the pictures and pick up whatever they like as they read along. --George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield

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Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
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8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Author/illustrator James Rice (1934-2004) produced sixty books, including the illustrations for Pelican’s treasured The Night Before Christmas Series. Rice’s first book, the well-loved classic Cajun Night Before Christmas®, has more than 750,000 copies in print. Young readers can enjoy more of Gaston®’s adventures in Gaston® Goes to Mardi Gras and sample Rice’s other children’s stories with favorites such as Texas Jack at the Alamo. With more than 1.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation’s best-selling creators of children’s books, receiving awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children’s Book Council, among others. Years after his death, Rice’s family found the art and text Gaston® Joins the Circus, and this discovery has brought Gaston® back for one more adventure!

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