Convinced he owes his prowess and acts of bravery to his cowboy hat, Sheriff John has an attachment to the ten-gallon talisman that borders on obsession. Page after page of watercolor illustrations show the sheriff in various settings�at the barber shop, in the bathtub�all the while consumed with his hat's whereabouts. Rumford tempers this seriousness with a text steeped in Western twang ("Takin' his Saturday bath:/ 'Sugar,/ don't touch/ my hat!'/ Afore he turned out the light:/ 'Now, Darlin',/ don't touch/ my hat!' "). But on a night the likes of which gave the "Ol' West" its "wild" reputation, the Sheriff unknowingly grabs his wife's utterly feminine hat and learns a lesson: "It's your heart, not your hat" that counts. Rumford's depictions of the Wild West setting and attire are stronger than his portraits (filled with profiles and squinty-eyed faces), but this romp of a read suggests that a hero need not don a superhero's cape; he need only be himself. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Don't Touch My Hat!by James Rumford
Out west, a lonesome prairie or two from anywhere, was a town called Sunshine. Sunshine was smaller'n most, bigger'n some, but cleaner and more civ'lized than 'em all. Sheriff John saw to that—him and his 10-gallon hat. . . .Sheriff John is a lawman in the wild, wild West. It's not just his badge and his gun that send robbers and rustlers galloping out of town, it's also his 10- gallon hat. Or so he thinks. . . .This new picture book by critically acclaimed author-illustrator James Rumford is a delightful addition to the bookshelves of young cowboys and cowgirls everywhere!
In the isolated town of Sunshine, Sheriff John keeps everything clean and "civ'lized." He believes that he owes his success to his special partner-a lucky ten-gallon hat. His wife has a penchant for hats, too, fancy ones. One night, in his rush to get to the scene of a saloon fight and to "a range war a-brewin'," the lawman grabs her new, ornate chapeau. He looks quite silly in it, but his crime-fighting abilities are unaffected. In the end, Sheriff John realizes that his hat has little to do with his achievements. The simple text written in Western dialect makes this a fun story to use with a group. The color cartoon illustrations add punch lines and, according to the book, draw inspiration from artist Leonetto Cappiello and old Western movie posters. Clever endpapers feature newspaper clippings that provide extra humorous details about John's life before and after the story.
Julie RoachCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Meet the Author
James Rumford has studied more than a dozen languages and worked in the Peace Corps, where he traveled to Africa, Asia, and Afghanistan. He is the author-illustrator of Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing, a 2005 Sibert Honor Book; Calabash Cat and His Amazing Journey; Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta 1325-1354; and There's a Monster in the Alphabet. He lives in Hawaii.
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