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Children's LiteratureAll of the characters in this tall tale are anthropomorphic dogs. Dry Gulch has been left in the hands of deputy sheriff Jess. When a group of smelly cowboys and their herd arrive in town, the stench is almost too much to bear. The townspeople try to get them to clean up but the cowboys refuse to take baths. The townsfolk are outraged and a solution seems to elude everyone. Suddenly Jess gets an idea, and thanks to her resourcefulness, the cowboys and the town are cleaned up both literally and figuratively. There is plenty of humor in the story and even an added twist at the end. This early reader should appeal to boys and girls who like a good laugh. A Dial "Easy-To-Read" Level 2 book which features short sentences and simple dialogue. 2004, Dial/Penguin, Ages 5 to 7.