Ten Cows to Texas

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Overview

When Mimi and her nine cow sisters saw the ad in the newspaper, they knew Destiny was calling: Ten cows needed for TV, movies, and advertising! Mimi and her sisters had the talentand they knew it. There was only one catch: They had to be in El Paso, Texas by six p.m.on the dotthe following day. How do ten cows travel to tryouts from Lonesome Cow, Georgia, to El Paso? By truck, of course! How do ten cows get a truck? And what do ten cows do about a driver who would rather sleep than drive? "Stay tuned, darling," ...
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Overview

When Mimi and her nine cow sisters saw the ad in the newspaper, they knew Destiny was calling: Ten cows needed for TV, movies, and advertising! Mimi and her sisters had the talentand they knew it. There was only one catch: They had to be in El Paso, Texas by six p.m.on the dotthe following day. How do ten cows travel to tryouts from Lonesome Cow, Georgia, to El Paso? By truck, of course! How do ten cows get a truck? And what do ten cows do about a driver who would rather sleep than drive? "Stay tuned, darling," as Mimi might say, "'cause here's a tall tale that'll make even Paul Bunyan look mighty puny!"

Outrageous and larger than life, this is the children's book debut of both the author and the artist, who treat their readers to an unforgettable rip-roarin' yarn told in a deep Southern drawl and over-the-top images!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Exaggerated Southern dialect adds flavor to the adventures of Mimi and her nine colorfully coiffed bovine sisters (Magnolia, Melba, Mavis, etc.). An ad "Wanted: Ten Cows to Be Big Stars," sends the hooved siblings on a cross-country trek from Lonesome Cow, Ga. (where all they had to look forward to was bingo at the Out to Pasture Nursing Home), to El Paso, Tex., by means of a "borrowed" 18-wheeler. The truck's erstwhile driver, Big 'Un, a muscular man with an Elvis flare, coaches Mimi's driving from a seat on the hood: "Not so blame fast! Dodge the deer!" Along the way, police cars, helicopters and cheerleaders join an ever-expanding convoy. During the road trip scenes, maps of Southern states comprise the borders and trace the truck's progress. Crews's illustrations convey the changing landscape: lush Alabama farmland turns to gator-filled Louisiana waters, while in Texas, fields of bluebonnets give way to desert. The cows' punctual arrival in El Paso indeed pays off with stardom, and the story closes with a list, entitled "The Honest-to-Goodness Rest of the Story," detailing the cows' future successes. Despite a few groan-worthy puns (e.g., the cows read the "moospaper," Big 'Un cooks an egg on his hot head), this race to keep a date with destiny is an entertaining ride. Ages 4-7. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Ten cow sisters hijack a trailer truck and its driver, who resembles Elvis in his better days, and make their way from Lonesome Cow, GA, to stardom in El Paso, TX. They start off with Mimi doing most of the driving. However, since she is not really sure where she's going, the trucker, Big 'Un, ends up sitting on the hood and giving directions. The 1500-mile journey has to be made in a short amount of time in order to make their audition, so it is no wonder that they attract a squad of policemen, a parade, a band, and other assorted passersby on their way. By the time they pull into the cattle market where the tryouts are being held, there is no stopping this herd in fulfilling its destiny. The story is told primarily in a slangy Southern dialect. Many expressions and figures of speech, such as "Can't never could!" are likely to confuse readers. The almost full-page cartoons have busy borders that include maps and other designs. The comic-style illustrations do not lend energy to the cows or to the world around them. These bovines may hold some regional appeal, but most folks can skip this road trip.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Responding to a casting call in their local "moospaper," ten Georgia cows with dreams of stardom hijack an 18-wheeler and roar off toward El Paso. Crews illustrates this udderly zany double debut with appropriately freewheeling scenes framed in road maps and featuring a bevy of long-lashed Friesians with permed hair and red waders, booming past bayous and bluebells with a pick-up convoy of motorcyclists, police cars, the inevitable news copter and other hangers-on. They blast into El Paso just in time to wow the crowds, and go on, as an afterword details, to show-biz fame. The high-rollingest bovine joy ride since Karma Wilson's Sakes Alive! A Cattle Drive (July 2005), illus by Karla Firehammer. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616805753
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 2/10/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 12.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Peggy Mercer, a native Georgian, received her degree in library science from Florida State University. She now provides the state of Georgia with a program in social services and lives in Douglas, deep in the heart of rural Georgia.

Bill Crews was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and studied at the Central Academy of Commercial Art in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has worked as an art director for several large advertising agencies in the Midwest, in Switzerland, and in California, where he now lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Terrible

    I returned it after reading through it. It was degrading to people from Texas. Why would you want children to think that slurring words is the correct way to speak? My husband, also a native Texan, agreed it needed to go back. Very disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2011

    Simply put: not a good book

    We rarely dislike children's book, but we disliked this one so much, we had to warn others. The story itself is okay (not good but not horrible) but the jargon and twang used in the text was difficult for us, let alone our kids. When kids ask on every page "what does that mean" and we ourselves don't know, it makes it a difficult read. The illlustrations are really bright, colorful and enjoyable though and the only reason I gave the book more than one star - maybe you can make up your own story to go along with the pics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2005

    Ten Cows to Texas - Off The Hook!

    Greatest tall cow tale to hit the children's book market. Vivid images, energy, cows act like any kids of the block with stardom in their grasps...children everywhere will love this book. I highly recomment this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2005

    A Great Read!!!

    This is a great little book! Kids need more of this kind of a book rather than all the monster, evil madness books and movies that are on the shelves. I think the book is very entertaining and this is a book I want for my grandkids and I'm telling my friends to check it out for theirs too. We need more of these kinds of books to entertain the children of today.

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