Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat

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Colloquially told, with an epistolary twist, this Western tall tale of guileless cowboy Slim, who finds himself thrust into the role of a hero, packs a lot of charm.

Sweet-talked by an about-to-be married coyote into delivering a letter to the sheriff of Fire Gulch City, Slim also accepts a hat as part of the deal. While all Slim wants at the end of each day is "an ice-cold sarsaparilla," he finds himself instead capturing first a flood and then a tornado in the magic cowboy hat. Finally, in where else but Fire Gulch City, he puts out a fire with the water stored in the hat and then captures Smelly Jim and his Band of Outlaws by unleashing the tornado. In each town, he's feted with a celebration and five-, six- and seven-alarm chili. A surprise in the letter brings this lively tale to a tidy conclusion. Langdo's jaunty, energetic pictures employ highlighted circles to zoom in for the occasional telling close-up. The classically deadpan narrationfeatures dialogue liberally strewn with Western-isms and lacking just the right number of terminal g's to give flavor without overwhelming. Decent, likable Slim makes for an excellent protagonist.

An ebullient and refreshing venture Out West.(Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761459620
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 793,969
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

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    This is a very nicely written, interesting and beautifully illus

    This is a very nicely written, interesting and beautifully illustrated children’s book. The story takes on the classic Western genre and adds a magical twist to it. The main protagonist, Tornado Slim, is your typical lone cowboy character who walks into a town, rather reluctantly, saves the day and becomes the unwitting hero of the townsfolk. The story, however, departs from the typical western by the introduction of two elements that more properly belong into a fable – a talking coyote and the magical hat. It’s an interesting fusion and the result is quite unusual. 

    The story is written in a very easy-going and personable style that tries to emulate a few of the typical word-choices that have come to be associated with Westerns. (The frequent use of the word “pardner” for instance.) The illustrations are beautiful and large, and one of my favorite features of this book. It is very nicely designed and printed hardcover book that is as fun to look at as it is to read. The book is probably most suitable for boys ages five and up, but younger boys also might find it interesting and amusing. I enjoyed reading it to my son and expect to read it often in the upcoming years. Strongly recommended. 

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