Jess and the Stinky Cowboys (Dial Easy-to-Read Series)

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Dry Gulch becomes the smelliest town in the West when a posse of stinky cowboys arrive and refuse to take baths. Things get so bad, even the stinkbugs leave.

No baths today! No baths tomorrow! No baths ever! roar the funky cowpokes.

And pretty soon all of Dry Gulch is up in arms?while holding their noses!

Luckily, Deputy Jess and her aunt Gussie are determined to make the No ...

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Overview

Dry Gulch becomes the smelliest town in the West when a posse of stinky cowboys arrive and refuse to take baths. Things get so bad, even the stinkbugs leave.

No baths today! No baths tomorrow! No baths ever! roar the funky cowpokes.

And pretty soon all of Dry Gulch is up in arms—while holding their noses!

Luckily, Deputy Jess and her aunt Gussie are determined to make the No Stink Law stick. With a clever plan, and a little soap, can they solve the P.U. problem?

Kids will cheer for both the cowboys and the plucky deputy in this bath-time laugh-time story.

When a band of stinky cowboys comes to town while the sheriff is away and refuses to bathe, young Deputy Jess and and her aunt, Deputy Gussy, must find a way to enforce the No-Stink law.

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Children's Literature
All 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.
—Marilyn Courtot
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K-Gr 3-Deputy Jess and her Aunt Gussy, two dogs dressed in western garb, are doing a fine job taking care of the town of Snake Gulch while Jess's dad, the sheriff, is away. They have stopped bank robbers, a cattle stampede, and even a group of rowdy students at a spelling bee. However, they meet their match when a gang of foul-smelling cowboys arrives. Although they have an odor so strong that even the stinkbugs leave, the rustlers refuse to take a bath. Jess and the rest of the townspeople try numerous silly ways to rid Snake Gulch of its stink, finally coming up with a satisfying solution. This delightful beginning reader is filled with repetition and humor. Watercolor illustrations depicting dirty dogs in cowboy clothing with a brown cloud hovering above add to the enjoyment. Pair this with Amy Timberlake's The Dirty Cowboy (Farrar, 2003) for some good clean fun.-Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Deputy Jess and her aunt Gussy have been left in charge of Snake Gulch by Jess's father, the Sheriff. Usually that would be no problem because there's no quieter town on the frontier. On this day, however, a cattle drive comes to town, and the cowpokes smell worse than their cows. Jess and Gussy explain the no-stink law, but the cowboys would rather spend their five cents on candy and root beer than a bath. Jess and Gussy haul them in, but a stink cloud gathers and threatens the town. Jess's ingenuity cleans up Snake Gulch. Smith applies the same gentle, wry humor she used in the Wizard and Wart books to the Wild West to good effect. Thiesing's cartoon, watercolor-and-pencil puppy people are a perfect match. Pair this with Amy Timberlake's Dirty Cowboy (2003) to satisfy any grimy little cowpoke. Young readers will be seeking sequels. (Easy reader. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803726413
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/29/2004
  • Series: Easy-to-Read, Dial
  • Edition description: Level 2
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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