The Adventures of Jules & Gertie

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Mean Bulldog Pike and Bullet, his skunk of a horse, are running a rotten scheme, and it looks like no one can stop them. But two ten-gallon heroes just rode into town: Jules and Gertie?the best thing on the Western plains since biscuits and gravy. Can they outwit the greedy outlaws and save the day? Hang on to your hats, ?cause Bulldog and Bullet are about to find out. . . .

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Overview

Mean Bulldog Pike and Bullet, his skunk of a horse, are running a rotten scheme, and it looks like no one can stop them. But two ten-gallon heroes just rode into town: Jules and Gertie—the best thing on the Western plains since biscuits and gravy. Can they outwit the greedy outlaws and save the day? Hang on to your hats, ’cause Bulldog and Bullet are about to find out. . . .

Cowgirl Jules and her multi-talented horse Gertie save the townfolks from Mean Bulldog Pike and his rotten horse Bullet.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Yikki yea!" Watson (Talking to Angels) delivers a rootin'-tootin' tale of two Wild West outlaws, a brave cowgirl and her talented horse. Mean Bulldog Pike and his horse Bullet--"two sneaky weeds"--are as nasty as their clenched-teeth grins would suggest. They rake in money by exploiting performers in a traveling sideshow. But when cowgirl Jules ("Genuine like leather. Strong like licorice") catches wind of such cahoots, the villains' days are numbered. After some heart-pounding skirmishes, Jules and Gertie (Jules's steed, who can "sing, dance, cook, make a mean cup of coffee, multiply, divide, and speak three languages") land the bad guys in jail. Watson clearly relishes colorful cowboy-flavored similes and turns of phrase ("Somehow she would shuggle out of this spine-snapping spot and get her buddy back!"). The text is a mostly rowdy read-aloud, but the quirky style sometimes slows the story's pace. Watson's bold acrylics feature thick and textured paint application and comical figures with long, rubbery limbs in wildly kinetic scenes. The rich reds, oranges, yellows and browns are evocative of the hot and dusty West. Kids will tip their ten-gallons to the feisty heroine. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Jules, a cowgirl "strong like licorice," and Gertie, a horse who can "sing, dance, cook, make a mean cup of coffee, multiply, divide, and speak three languages," come into town to rescue the inhabitants from the outlaws Pike and Bullet. The outlaws make their bull, Little Horn, dance on hot coals and force the townspeople to pay to watch him. This is just the beginning of what I don't understand. How do they pack people into a tent and make them stay and pay to see a bull dance? These outlaws seem to be unarmed except for Pike's hook. Jules and Gertie have a rope and are very talented in its use. They grab the outlaws and throw them and their bag of coins into the air, and celebrate with song and dance. The outlaws, disguising themselves as cactuses, kidnap Gertie and force her to perform or be dumped into a pit of rattlesnakes. Somehow Little Horn is back pulling the curtain. Why on earth did he come back? We don't have a clue. Then the outlaws throw Jules over a cliff. But Jules survives, and mounted on a longhorn steer, comes to the rescue! Finally, the outlaws are in jail. And Jules and Gertie are heroines of the Old West. The illustrations look like cartoons, but somehow they are just right for this rollicking, meaningless story. Fun if you're really good at suspending disbelief.
Kirkus Reviews
Watson's tale of good gal Jules and her angel and polymath of a horse, Gertie, foiling bad guy Mean Bulldog Pike and his skunk of a horse, Bullet, comes with such a rush of similes that it's likely to leave readers breathless, impressed, and mighty amused. Pike and Bullet are no-good, low-down weasels who are hoodwinking town folks into a cheap sideshow where Little Horn the little buffalo is forced to dance on hot coals. This sorry state of affairs is sending the whole town into a funk, and Little Horn is none too happy, either. When Jules and Gertie ride into town, Pike and Bullet skedaddle and Little Horn's hooves are cooled; the two meanies plot a revenge that includes getting rid of Jules and using Gertie—who "could sing, dance, cook, make a mean cup of coffee, multiply, divide, and speak three languages"—as their new sideshow draw. Watson's artwork has a deliberately childlike quality, with lots of scribbles and two-dimensionality, while the funny story is a Texas tornado of pure entertainment; let readers at it, have them suspend disbelief, and watch as the good "guys" win for a change. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152019754
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/2/1999
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.19 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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