Roundup at the Palace


Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2007

Buster the Bull makes his getaway in a blizzard, and it's up to Zack to save the Brown Palace Hotel gift shop - and his new friend Alice

Zack wrapped his arms around the huge bull's neck. "Don't worry," Zack said, swallowing hard. "No busy city or world famous Stock Show can scare us. Right?"

Zack is looking forward to taking Buster the bull to the National ...

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Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2007

Buster the Bull makes his getaway in a blizzard, and it's up to Zack to save the Brown Palace Hotel gift shop - and his new friend Alice

Zack wrapped his arms around the huge bull's neck. "Don't worry," Zack said, swallowing hard. "No busy city or world famous Stock Show can scare us. Right?"

Zack is looking forward to taking Buster the bull to the National Western Stock Show in Denver. As Zack and his dad sing their way down the road, Buster the bull doesn't find his first trip away from the ranch much fun. When the snow turns into a blinding blizzard and Zack's dad must detour through downtown, Buster sees his chance to make his own hay. Thundering out of the truck, Buster gallops straight through the doors of the Brown Palace Hotel where, he confronts Alice, who works with her mother in the hotel gift shop. Zack must act quickly to save his new friend Alice and Buster from disaster.

Kathleen Cook Waldron's lively story of a boy and his bull is complemented by the rich and vibrant painting by Alan and Lea Daniel, who capture the drama and triumph of the roundup at the Palace.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Every year at the National Western Stock Show, Rodeo, and Horse Show in Denver, the National Western grand champion steer is exhibited in the lobby of Brown's Palace Hotel. Around this fact, Waldron has built the story of how young Zack, his father, and their bull Buster make it to the show. Snow and ice force them to drive their truck through downtown. Meanwhile, young Alice and her mother arrive at the hotel where they run the gift shop. While the truck is stuck in downtown traffic, Buster gets loose and, with Zack chasing after him, thunders into the hotel. Alice is suddenly facing him. With Zack's encouragement, the frightened Alice sings until Buster is calm enough for Zack to halter him. They then invite the delighted Alice to join them at the stock show. Pen-and-ink drawings combine with gouache to create vigorous scenes of snow, city, and a believable cast of characters. There's a fine dramatic contrast between the hotel's elegant lobby and the bull's agitated movements. Buster is the star of it all, depicted in his muscular strength, charging, watching suspiciously, and finally walking off peacefully. The author adds notes on the facts behind the story. 2006, Red Deer Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-After loading Buster the bull into the back of their pickup, Zack and his dad begin the long drive to Denver for the National Western Stock Show, singing all the way to keep the animal calm. When they arrive, a winter storm forces them to detour through the downtown area where traffic is creeping along. This makes Buster nervous, and he breaks out of the truck and races straight through the open doors of the Brown Palace Hotel. The rest of the story tells how Zack and a girl he meets save Buster from disaster. The colorful pen-and-ink-on-gouache artwork sets the mood and atmosphere for this adventure. The snowy scenes are so realistic that readers will want to pull their sweaters a little closer, and the pictures of young Alice calming the huge beast are totally satisfying. Varied perspectives add to the movement, energy, and excitement of the story. An author's note describes a similar incident that occurred in 1996.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Zack's helping his father take Buster, their prize bull, to the National Western Stock Show near Denver. It's the first time at the show for bull and boy, and Zack comforts Buster as he loads him into the truck. Dad and Zack sing along to country tunes as they drive through a blizzard to the show, but Buster seems agitated. During a detour through downtown Denver, Buster breaks out and mistakes the wide doors of the Brown Palace Hotel for the wide doors of his barn. Once inside, he's confused and angered by the slippery floors and screaming people; he corners young Alice, who helps her mother in the hotel shop. Zack rescues her and Buster, and they go to the stock show together. A steer did make a run through the Palace lobby in 1996, but those events only suggested this tale. The Daniels' watercolor illustrations are the best feature here. The text is realistic but lacks the drive and individuality needed to make it a crowd pleaser. Still, this will make a serviceable read-aloud for older children. A good regional purchase or for large libraries serving rural communities. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889954083
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/11/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Cook Waldron was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. After teaching in Colorado's bilingual and summer migrant schools, Kathleen and her family moved to the Cariboo area of British Columbia. Inspired by The Secret Garden, MAD magazine and Spiderman comics, Kathleen is the author several critically acclaimed children's picture books including A Wilderness Passover (Red Deer Press, 1994) and A Winter's Yarn (Red Deer Press, 1986)

Alan Daniel works for publishers across North America from his Kitchener, Ontario, studio. His art is notable for its fine draftsmanship, humor and versatility of style. He is the illustrator of many children's picture books, including Bunnicula: Return to Howliday Inn, Good Families Don't, The Grand Escape, The Healing of Texas Juke and Carlotta's Kittens. Alan Daniel often collaborates with partner Lea Daniel. Together they illustrated Sody Salleratus, which earned them MR. CHRISTIE BOOK

Lea Daniel has collaborated with her partner Alan Daniel on 23 books in the Songbox Series as well as My Home Bay, The Best Figure Skater in the Whole World and Sody Salleratus, which earned them the MR. CHRISTIE BOOK AWARD. Lea is the author of Drummer and Finnger's War and has two short plays produced.

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