Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A boy's school report tracks his imaginary adventures in the wild West, using playful rhyming verse; the result, according to PW, is "one rootin' tootin' tall tale." Ages 3-7. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Dia L. Michels
Wallace Bleff takes his teacher and fellow students on a Wild West adventure when he gives his school report on how he spent his summer vacation. On his way to visit Aunt Fern, he is captured by cowboys and learns their trade, earning the nickname "Kid Bleff." When he finally reaches his Aunt's house, he joins in on a roping party, and proves himself a hero during a cattle stampede. This story is pure rhyming entertainment for little people with big imaginations.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2An original fantasy told in rhyme. Wallace Bleff, who is reporting to his class about his summer vacation, tells of his travels west at the bidding of his parents, who felt his overactive imagination needed a rest. He relates how en route to his Aunt Fern's house, he is kidnapped by cowboys andvoil, Kid Bleff is born. He joins the rawhide crowd; learns to rope, ride, and build fires; and becomes a ``first-rate cowhand.'' In celebration of the end of the roundup, Aunt Fern invites Wallace and new friends to a barbecue. When a cattle stampede nearly ruins the party, the young hero saves the day as he displays hidden talent as a matador and reverses the direction of the herd. The art is done in warm acrylics throughout, first to portray the classroom setting where Wallace's yarn begins against the backdrop of the chalkboard, then segues into the sandy scenes of the Wild West, and back again. Teague strikes again with a unique idea, one teachers would do well to use. An excellent read-aloud choice for back-to-school reading in the classroom or the public library.Marsha McGrath, Clearwater Public Library, FL
A great back-to-school picture book elevates the traditional "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" school report to new and dazzling heights. Wallace Bleff's unsuspecting teacher gets more than she bargained for when the quiet student erupts in glee as he reads his essay on his summer vacation--a wild and woolly, Old West adventure that bursts from his paper into full-color, action-packed double-spread paintings filled with cowboys, horses, and stampeding steers. Now Wallace "can hardly wait for show-and-tell!" As usual, Teague's imagination springs lively, as does his rhyming text, and his illustrations have that slightly old-fashioned look that never seems outdated. Children will love Wallace's buckaroo heroism and love his great revenge.