Welcome to Dustville. Life in the 1800s is difficult, and it is the reader’s job as the sheriff of Dustville to maintain the peace. Each double page presents one aspect of a Wild West town in the 1800s such as the existing circumstances, the problems of the situation, and the sheriff’s responsibilities. Hicks discusses cattle stampedes, stinking but hard-working cowboys, hunting buffalo, Boot Hill, sickness and disease, Indians, and fun and entertainment. He stresses the hardships of the western days, and he actually ends with the reader, the sheriff, being killed in a shootout. Hicks includes facts about this time in history but does not romanticize it. He has included a table of contents, a glossary, an index, and a timetable for 1843-1881, running from the Great Migration to the killing of Bill the Kid. Illustrations provide more facts while the text explains the hardships associated with this time. For each topic, there is also a “Handy Hint” for surviving the difficulties. Topics in this book can be used to supplement studies of the westward migration, the building of the railroads or other areas in the Wild West history although it is not good for detailed information. Readers will enjoy the comical illustrations that enhance the factual information included in margins of the narrative. Reviewer: Jeanna Potts; Ages 8 to 12.