Texas Zeke and The Longhorn

Texas Zeke and The Longhorn

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by David Davis, Alan Stacy
     
 

A cumulative tale about how difficult it can be to get home for dinner!Old Texas cowboy Zeke is just trying to get home for a bowl of chili, but to do so, he must encourage his newly purchased steer to enter the corral. He finally gets his bowl of chili, but not without the threat of more repetitive and rhythmic shenanigans.

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A cumulative tale about how difficult it can be to get home for dinner!Old Texas cowboy Zeke is just trying to get home for a bowl of chili, but to do so, he must encourage his newly purchased steer to enter the corral. He finally gets his bowl of chili, but not without the threat of more repetitive and rhythmic shenanigans.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
With lyrical language, David Davis brings the wit and wisdom of his native Texas to the page of a picture book that is destined to enchant readers far past the Southwest region of the United States. In the spirit of a tall tale, Texas cowboy Zeke wants a cup of chili and needs the help of a steer, a mesquite stick, a javelin, a burrito, a prickly pear cactus, an armadillo, a pretty cowgirl, and a mockingbird to finally get his dinner. After a long string of events, Zeke finally gets that bowl of chili—and readers of all ages will laugh along the way of his many escapades. Alan Fearl Stacy's humorous illustrations bring readers to the landscape of Texas, where characters and stories become larger-than-life. David Davis has once again touched magic and given readers a bit of Texas folklore and flavor that is beautifully integrated with Alan Stacy's lively drawings. 2006, Pelican Publishing Company, Ages 5 up.
—Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-A gentle version of "The Old Woman and Her Pig," set in Texas. Old Zeke buys an ornery longhorn steer that balks at being corralled, and the frustrated cowboy "won't get home for chili" until the job is done. When he requests help from a collie and is refused, he asks a mesquite stick to poke the dog, and so it goes. Davis features a tenderhearted, politically correct protagonist. Zeke mildly presents a bluebonnet flower to a mockingbird that sings to a lovely cowgirl, who kisses a cowboy, who chases an armadillo, and so on, until the steer is finally put away. The straightforward language rolls off the storyteller's tongue, but the narrative suffers from being scrunched up in paragraphs that get longer and longer. The tightly arranged text blocks look wrong on spreads that depict the open Texas landscape. Still, the colorful cartoon illustrations cleverly convey the action and are filled with humor. The keen combination of art and story is further enhanced by endpapers that map out the events in simple line drawings that will encourage retellings. Altogether, this softer interpretation of the folktale will fit in with current sensibilities.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589803480
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,259,029
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

David Davis is the author of almost a dozen books with Pelican, including Jazz Cats, a 2002 Children's Book Choice selection; Librarian's Night Before Christmas; Nurse's Night Before Christmas; Ten Redneck Babies: A Southern Counting Book; Texas Aesop's Fables; Texas Mother Goose; and Texas Zeke and the Longhorn. Four of his books have earned spots on the Accelerated Reader list. He resides in Fort Worth, Texas.

Alan Fearl Stacy is a self-taught artist who derived his style and techniques from a variety of ancient and modern sources. He worked in broadcast television as a graphic artist and as a makeup artist for music videos, commercials, and theatre for many years. As a self-employed illustrator and designer, Stacy has illustrated two nonfiction picture books and self-published several graphic-novel versions of Aesopís fables.

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Texas Zeke and The Longhorn 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is just pure fun with words and with art. Easy to read out loud and see what the pictures portray...always a page turner to see what's next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter and I enjoyed reading this one. It is funny and the artwork is a hoot! Very satisfying ending, too.