This is Crummel and Donahue's fourth joint venture, including an introduction to the dog Ten Gallon Bart, Sheriff of Dog City. The appeal of these books lies in the way a fairly innocuous story line becomes delightful because of wordplay and exaggeration. The characters names, for example, are straight out of Western mythology via Animal Farm--Hopalong Hare, Calamity Cow, Nannie Oakley, and Miss Kitty. The joke at the heart of the story is that Crazy Bull, star of Buffalo Chips Wild West Show, is sleepy instead of ferocious and Bart's challenge is to wake him up long enough to get him bucking. Though the advice of his friends does not work, taking away Crazy Bulls red blanky does and Bart gets the ride of his life. All in good fun, but what will really keep children coming back to this book are Donahue's wonderful collage illustrations. She uses a variety of fine papers to create texture as some of the animals are shown decked out in western dress and others, like Bart make do with a bandana and ten gallon hat. Especially for children who love cowboys, this is a good addition to a home or preprimary classroom library. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
Ten-Gallon Bart and the Wild West Showby Susan Stevens Crummel
Ten-Gallon Bart is bored, bored, bored . . . until Buffalo Chip’s Wild West Show rolls into town. Dog City’s hero is sure he can win the Bull Riding contest and become the star of the show! But there’s a BIG problem. He has to ride the notorious Crazy Bull. And there’s an even BIGGER problem. Crazy Bull is downright lazy. He sleeps all the time! If Bart wants to ride him, he has to wake him. In the end Bart solves the dilemmaand has the wildest, woolliest ride of his life! Dorothy Donohue’s intricate, cut-paper illustrations bring this Western romp with Bart, Miss Kitty, Wyatt Burp, and the rest of the gang to an outlandish finale.
K-Gr 3- The former sheriff of Dog City, introduced in Ten-Gallon Bart (Marshall Cavendish, 2006), realizes that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. In fact, he's bored. So when Buffalo Chip's Wild West Show comes to town, he decides to enter the bull-riding contest. The only problem? He has to wake the bull up first. Crummel slips into a Western dialect and setting immediately, making readers want to drawl as they read the story. Listeners will smile at Ten-Gallon Bart's effort to wake the bull, and will laugh out loud at the solution. The illustrations are rich with texture and pattern. Donohue's method of cutting and pasting paper makes the various characters pop out from the backgrounds. The art also lends movement to the scenes of Bart trying to ride the wild (and angry) bull. This story will keep kids cheering for Ten-Gallon Bart, especially when he bests the beast and goes back to retirement...for now.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
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