Puss in Cowboy Bootsby Jan Huling, Phil Huling
in the whole,
entire U. S. of A.!
Publishers WeeklyFirst-timer Jan Huling retells the treasured Perrault fairy tale with a Texas twang. Deep in the wilds of Texas, a humble rodeo clown named Clem up and kicked the bucket, and it is his youngest son, Dan, who inherits Clem's scraggly old tomcat, Puss. Dan figures the only way he can profit from Puss is by cooking him into a pot of three-alarm chili and using his fur for a hatband. As clever Puss saves his hide (and earns wealth and respect for Dan) with the help of a shiny pair of red snakeskin cowboy boots, the text hews fairly faithfully to the outlines of Perrault's plot. The rootin'-tootin' cowboy vernacular gives this adaptation a fun, feisty flavor. (Why, looky here! says the oilman who substitutes for the customary king, A wild turkey! Why, I remember huntin' these with my pa when I was no bigger than a frog's hair). Phil Huling's (Moses in Egypt) watercolors depict an orange-yellow sun-baked landscape dotted with oil rigs, cacti and plenty of long, tall Texans. The stylized figures and serene compositions play straight man to the wily text. Ages 6-9. (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's LiteratureWhen Dan's dad, a rodeo clown, kicks the bucket, Dan, being the third of three sons, gets last pick of his three worldly possessions. That happens to be a scraggly old tomcat named Puss. He tries to be philosophical about his inheritance saying "It ain't much, but...it ain't much." In this southwestern update of the classic fairy tale, we find that Puss has a plan, or the beginnings of one, that will have them set for life. He knows the way to the richest, most powerful man in the state of Texas is through his country boy stomach, and he sets him up with all his childhood favorites saying everything is courtesy of Rancher Dan. His plan gets more outlandish and entertaining when he sets his mind to outwitting the magical ogre that took control of all the cattle and oil in "these parts." If his plan is successful, he'll have sweet cream and sardines for life and Dan will be glad he didn't make him into three-alarm chili and a hatband! The Huling book is a whopper of a tale, set off by big, sun-drenched watercolor illustrations. 2002, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,
School Library JournalGr 1-3-From the French countryside to the heart of Texas is a bit of a leap, but this powerful cat lands beautifully on his feet, clad in bright, red cowboy boots. True to the original tale and to the Texas setting, this Puss hunts wild turkey and possum, negotiates with the state's "most powerful oilman," overpowers an ogre with a "Remember the Alamo" tattoo, all to help his owner. Dan is the youngest and not-too-bright son of ol' Clem, a rodeo clown. He, his newfound lady, and all the folk who help Puss along the way celebrate with the "best dang bar-be-que they'd ever sunk their teeth into." The stylized watercolor illustrations, executed with selective realism, radiate warmth with a palette dominated by reds, oranges, and yellows. Libraries in the Southwest will surely appreciate this pleasing, though a tad long-winded adaptation. Others may weigh their need for new versions versus traditional retellings and assess their clever-adaptation saturation point before adding this entertaining read-aloud.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsA husband-and-wife team reconfigures a classic with a hefty dose of Texas twang and the lankiest cowpokes in history. "It ain't much," says Dan of the cat he inherits from his rodeo-clown father. But Puss aims to please. "You go on and get me a pair of cowboy boots," says the anthropomorphized animal. "I got me a plan that's gonna make you gladder than a mosquito at a blood bank and will keep me in sardines and sweet cream for life!" Huling's accomplished watercolors reflect the colors of sun, sand, and desert wildflowers as Puss dupes an oil baron (Mr. Patoot) into thinking Dan's a wealthy rancher, then orchestrates a love connection between Dan and the man's daughter, Rosie May. In one full-bleed illustration, Dan, Mr. Patoot, and Rosie May relax on a picnic blanket after Mr. Patoot's driver saves Dan from drowning; a vignette, opposite, shows the driver with a new suit and hat for Dan. By the time they get to town Mr. Patoot and Rosie May think Dan is loaded (Puss, who's traveled ahead, convinces cowboys and oil workers to tell them Dan owns the livestock and rigs). When Puss tricks an ogre into turning himself into a mouse-so he can eat him-he claims the ogre's castle for Dan. In the end, Rosie May and Dan are married. Will she still love him when she learns he's a liar? Those in search of fairy-tale retellings will likely enjoy the Huling's faithful adaptation. Even though it verges on verbose, this debut is sure to find a regional readership. And the illustrator is definitely a talent to watch. (Picture book. 6-9)
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Loved the illustrations. Beautiful watercolors, creative and clever, illustrate well this wild west adaptation of a classic. Highly recommended for those with small children, or for anyone who loves good watercolor
A very clever book,it makes for a great lesson on "retelling" stories with flair ! This book will be a favorite in my house for many years to come. The eye catching colorful illustrations are perfect for keeping young children interested. And older children will find it fun and simple to read.
I absolutely loved this book. Charmingly told, beautifully illustrated, this is the kind of books kids will eat up and parents will treasure.