The West Texas Chili Monster

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Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
In the tradition of Texas tall tales, this "doozy" tells us how Mama's chili came to be known as "the bestest in the universe." Mama and the young'uns decide to enter the chili cook-off, planning to use the prize money to fix the old ranch road. The smell of all that chili wafts through the ozone layer and attracts the chili monster (who looks like a purple and green robotic bison). The monster swallows up Mama's chili before the judges have a chance to sample it! Maintaining tradition, all ends well. O'Brien's dappled, watercolor and ink illustrations keep the monster from being too threatening for young children.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4O'Brien's detailed, watercolor-washed cartoons lend just the right flair to Cox's goofy story about a chili cook-off that produces smells powerful enough to attract the attention of a roving space creature that sorta resembles a green and purple longhorn. Screeching to a halt, he lands on Earth and saunters through the fairgrounds, slurping up all the chili in sight. He burps his approval after consuming all of the contestants' entries but really gets his nostrils flaring when he puts cowlips to Mama's recipe that has been "enhanced" by her children. Mama hosts weekly chili dinners, where folks "moseyed in from nearly everywhere" and she had been pretty confident that she would win the competition. She wants to use the prize money to repair the huge potholes in her ranch road so her kids won't go flying out of the bed of the pickup anymore. Cox catches some of the vernacular just right and O'Brien decks out all the Texans (baby, too) in some sort of hat (gaucho, sombrero, ten gallon, etc.). A silly and visually jolly story with a logic sure to appeal to young `uns.John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816745463
  • Publisher: Troll Communications L.L.C.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.22 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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