Tex the Cowboy

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In six comic-book-style episodes starring bungling cowboy Tex, his trusty horse Gloria and his nemesis Hank Bones, Garland (Going to Playschool) cheerfully lampoons the western genre. Most of Tex's success can be attributed to Gloria, a sturdily built dapple-gray. Where Tex wears a simpleton's smile, Gloria scowls in concentration, and she always shows up in the nick of time: it is she who derails Hank (by sitting on him), saves a stagecoach from robbery and strikes oil on Tex's goldless gold claim. Tex typically gets all the credit, however, prompting Gloria to either wink at the reader or glare at her owner's skinny backside. Necessarily small because of the book's many-panels-to-a-page format, Garland's jaunty sketches nonetheless convey her hero's gullible nature and the traditional wide-open spaces. Deadpan narration and voice bubbles tell the basic stories, while the expressive ink-and-watercolor drawings provide the punch lines. While droll details abound, most of the humor is provided by sneaky Hank and the teamwork between tenderfoot Tex and his streetsmart steed. Ages 7-10. (June)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-In six comic-strip episodes, Tex and his faithful horse Gloria successfully defend the Old West against the likes of Hank Bones the Bad. Chosen only after the cowboy is unable to ride any other horse, half-priced old Gloria plays the foil, rescuing the inept Tex from the scrapes he gets himself into. The simple, humorous text is ideal for beginning chapter-book readers. The small, full-color cartoon frames are more appropriate for lap reading than for sharing with a group. With deliberate tongue-in-cheek stereotypes, Garland's book delivers chuckles, guffaws, and good-natured fun.-Claudia Cooper, Ft. Stockton Independent School District, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525454182
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/12/1995
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.17 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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