Pantalones, TX: Don't Chicken Outby Yehudi Mercado
Man Up or Chicken Out! Welcome to Pantalones, Texas, where children still play outdoors, skin knees, and raise hell. Chico Bustamante's favorite pastime is givin' chase to Sheriff Cornwallis. That is, until Chico meets the Sheriff's Giant Chicken and aims to ride it - or die tryin'! He'll have to man up and not chicken out! Featuring the unique visual style of
Man Up or Chicken Out! Welcome to Pantalones, Texas, where children still play outdoors, skin knees, and raise hell. Chico Bustamante's favorite pastime is givin' chase to Sheriff Cornwallis. That is, until Chico meets the Sheriff's Giant Chicken and aims to ride it - or die tryin'! He'll have to man up and not chicken out! Featuring the unique visual style of creator Yehudi Mercado, named one of the “Top 30 Interactive Stars Under 30” in the video game industry, blending animated cartoon aesthetics with comic strip sensibilities. Pantalones, TX is a hilarious, southwestern adventure that will appeal to rebellious thrill seekers of all ages!
Gr 5 Up—This odd duck of a story takes a while to build steam, yet eventually manages to endear its unique characters to readers in time for a sweet and satisfying ending. Chico Bustamante has visions of being a folk hero in his hometown of Pantalones, Texas, by making a name for himself with his stunts and swagger. Unfortunately, the town sheriff (and schoolteacher and mayor)-whose squad car doubles as a chicken shack-has other plans for him. The two rivals' delicate balance of power is upset when the sheriff unveils a giant chicken during his "Steak of the Union" address. He determines that this chicken will win a blue ribbon for Pantalones at the Texas Poultrystock Rodeo & Cookoff. Chico sees his chance at immortality and issues a challenge: he will ride the giant chicken for nine whole seconds, or the chicken will get to eat him. The sheriff sees the opportunity to rid himself of the sole challenge to his absolute power and accepts. Chico's training takes him to The Devastator, a mechanical bull possessed with the spirit of a "mad Mayan bull from the jungles of old Mejico," and then to the neighboring Gengo County, where he is accused of being a spy. The high jinks that ultimately ensue leave readers no time to get bored. Mercado's graphic novel definitely has niche appeal, and it fills that niche charmingly.—J. M. Poole, Webster Public Library, NY
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.70(d)
- Age Range:
- 9 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Yehudi is an award winning animator, writer and director. He began his non pizza delivery driver career in the video game industry where he was recognized as one of the “Top 30 Interactive Stars Under 30” by Texas Monthly Magazine. He founded an animation studio in Austin, TX called HorseBack Salad, which was named “Best little Toon House in Texas” by Animation Magazine. Yehudi branched off into writing and won 2nd place in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting competition for Buffalo Speedway and has adapted the story about pizza delivery drivers into a graphic novel (turbopizza.com). Yehudi’s live action debut was a short film entitled Monster Job Hunter (monsterjobhunter.com) The Live action/CG short played film festivals, including Fantastic Fest, and won Best Comedy at Dragon*Con. Coming Summer of 2012 Yehudi’s book, Pantalones, TX, hits the shelves.
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