The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town

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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 following Dirk all day—and who can sometimes be a little fidgety, too—knows the perfect ...

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Overview

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 following Dirk all day—and who can sometimes be a little fidgety, too—knows the perfect solution . . .

Energetic illustrations and lively language capture the Wild West in this perfect read aloud for book lovers of all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—A small Western town quakes in terror at the arrival of the notorious outlaw, Dirk Yeller. Unable to fulfill his demands, adults frantically refer him to someone else, until young Sam finds a solution to Yeller's difficulties. The child understands about being fidgety and jumpy because he often feels that way himself. He asks Yeller, "If I can show you how to stop your itchin' and twitchin' and your jumpin' and rattlin'—will you promise to leave our town in peace?" Suspiciously, Yeller agrees. The solution lies at the public library, where librarian Miss Jennie finds just the right book to sooth Yeller's restless nature. Terrific watercolor and pen and ink illustrations provide plenty of visual humor. Sure to be hit at storytime, this Wild West tale will keep children laughing as it delivers its message about the power of books.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
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“Sure to be hit at storytime, this Wild West tale will keep children laughing as it delivers its message about the power of books.” –School Library Journal

“The softly colored cartoonish illustrations perfectly convey the action of the characters portrayed in the brief text.” Booklist

“Hoyt’s marvelous caricatures are worth thousands of words, making this hilarious tall tale not only a plug for books and reading but an outsized winner.” Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The whole town in the old West trembles when dangerous Dirk Yeller strides in. Sam, our young narrator, follows him into the Post Office, where Dirk twitches as he demands something for his cat scratch. The postmaster sends him to the general store, where he asks for something to keep a coyote from baying at the moon. Others quake as he asks at the trading post how to stop jumping beans from jumpin'. We follow his search to the saloon, for something to keep rattlesnakes from rattlin'. At the jailhouse, the sheriff tells him to leave. As Yeller stomps and clomps down the boardwalk, Sam offers to stop it all if he will leave in peace. Sam's solution is a pleasant surprise, particularly for librarians. Dirk Yeller rides into the stereotypical Western town past the wary Sam on the jacket. Comic colored drawings emphasize the melodramatic emotions of the tall tale as the characters interact with exaggerated gestures. Double-page scenes are crowded with contextual details that add to the fun. Wanted posters, including one for Dirk Yeller, enliven the front end papers. The pages of the local paper on the back tell of the really happy ending. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—A small Western town quakes in terror at the arrival of the notorious outlaw, Dirk Yeller. Unable to fulfill his demands, adults frantically refer him to someone else, until young Sam finds a solution to Yeller's difficulties. The child understands about being fidgety and jumpy because he often feels that way himself. He asks Yeller, "If I can show you how to stop your itchin' and twitchin' and your jumpin' and rattlin'—will you promise to leave our town in peace?" Suspiciously, Yeller agrees. The solution lies at the public library, where librarian Miss Jennie finds just the right book to sooth Yeller's restless nature. Terrific watercolor and pen and ink illustrations provide plenty of visual humor. Sure to be hit at storytime, this Wild West tale will keep children laughing as it delivers its message about the power of books.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
Kirkus Reviews
It takes one ingenious little boy to defuse a threat that has a whole town quaking in its boots. Larger than life, dangerous outlaw Dirk Yeller looms into town bigger than his horse, terrifying even the tumbleweeds. He's lookin' for who-knows-what to stop his itchin' and twitchin' and jumpin' and rattlin'. Only one small boy, the narrator of the tale, stands up to Dirk and leads him to, of all places, the public library. There, he is charmed by Miss Jenny, who helps him find just the right book, even though he isn't a "real strong reader." Lost in reading, he's cured of his itchin'. As the sun sinks low and closing time nears, Dirk Yeller rides off with a saddlebag of books, promising to come back—not to cause trouble, but to get more books (and to see Miss Jenny). The sandy-hued illustrations are packed with details and humor. The antics of a cat and some mice provide a silent visual subplot, and both human and animal expressions will tickle readers. Hoyt's marvelous caricatures are worth thousands of words, making this hilarious tall tale not only a plug for books and reading but an outsized winner.(Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374317423
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 5/24/2011
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 460,867
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Casanova’s books include the popular One-Dog Canoe and Some Dog! also illustrated by Ard Hoyt. She lives near Ranier, Minnesota. Ard Hoyt has illustrated several picture books, including the best-selling I’m a Manatee by John Lithgow. He lives in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    Creatively written

    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.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    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.

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