"...an altogether delectable picture book, in which Alan and Lea Daniel outdo themselves, driving the story forward through the great good humour and the sheer energy of its illustrations."
The Globe & Mail
"The colorful pen-and-ink-on-gouache artwork sets the mood and atmosphere for this adventure. The snowy scenes are so realistic that readers will want to pull their sweaters a little closer, and the pictures of young Alice calming the huge beast are totally satisfying. Varied perspectives add to the movement, energy, and excitement of the story."
School Library Journal Reviews
"Roundup at the Palace is unique and entertaining, with special appeal for young boys who fancy themselves cowpokes, even if all they own is a big, goofy dog."
Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book
"The winning combination, of exciting text and electrifying illustrations, makes this a great book for individual or group reading."
"The book's supersized illustrations are by Alan and Lea Daniel of Kitchener, whose name on the cover are a leading indicator of the quality work inside."
The Guelph Mercury
"The illustrations are big, bold and humorous."
"This story is that rare thing - a plausible, realistic tale in which the child protagonists solve the problem themselves. The action is beautifully shaped, with the two stories coming together, linked by music. The pace moves smoothly between motion and rest, and the tone, a delicate balance of almost-slapstick and genuine danger, is pitch-perfect. Waldron has fashioned a heart-stopping, funny, moving gem of a story. The author-illustrator collaboration here is also brilliant. The Daniels create a piece of genuine theatre. . . . The characters became so real to me that I caught myself hoping that Alice's mother and Zack's father might get together."
Quill and Quire
"Alan and Lea Daniel have filled the pages with colour and motion. The illustrations are lively and leavened with humour. Buster bursts through the pages as he thunders down the street into the hotel. He is larger-than-life. . . Roundup at the Palace is an original, entertaining and wholly satisfying story."
Canadian Children's Book News magazine
"Kathleen Cook Waldron spins a delightful tale. . . Roundup at the Palace is a classic urban and cowboy legend, beautifully illustrated and well written. This is a children's book, with a combination of drama, humour and wonderful images."
Mike Puhallo, president of the BC Cowboy Heritage Society (BCCHS)
Every year at the National Western Stock Show, Rodeo, and Horse Show in Denver, the National Western grand champion steer is exhibited in the lobby of Brown's Palace Hotel. Around this fact, Waldron has built the story of how young Zack, his father, and their bull Buster make it to the show. Snow and ice force them to drive their truck through downtown. Meanwhile, young Alice and her mother arrive at the hotel where they run the gift shop. While the truck is stuck in downtown traffic, Buster gets loose and, with Zack chasing after him, thunders into the hotel. Alice is suddenly facing him. With Zack's encouragement, the frightened Alice sings until Buster is calm enough for Zack to halter him. They then invite the delighted Alice to join them at the stock show. Pen-and-ink drawings combine with gouache to create vigorous scenes of snow, city, and a believable cast of characters. There's a fine dramatic contrast between the hotel's elegant lobby and the bull's agitated movements. Buster is the star of it all, depicted in his muscular strength, charging, watching suspiciously, and finally walking off peacefully. The author adds notes on the facts behind the story. 2006, Red Deer Press, Ages 4 to 8.
Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
K-Gr 3-After loading Buster the bull into the back of their pickup, Zack and his dad begin the long drive to Denver for the National Western Stock Show, singing all the way to keep the animal calm. When they arrive, a winter storm forces them to detour through the downtown area where traffic is creeping along. This makes Buster nervous, and he breaks out of the truck and races straight through the open doors of the Brown Palace Hotel. The rest of the story tells how Zack and a girl he meets save Buster from disaster. The colorful pen-and-ink-on-gouache artwork sets the mood and atmosphere for this adventure. The snowy scenes are so realistic that readers will want to pull their sweaters a little closer, and the pictures of young Alice calming the huge beast are totally satisfying. Varied perspectives add to the movement, energy, and excitement of the story. An author's note describes a similar incident that occurred in 1996.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Zack's helping his father take Buster, their prize bull, to the National Western Stock Show near Denver. It's the first time at the show for bull and boy, and Zack comforts Buster as he loads him into the truck. Dad and Zack sing along to country tunes as they drive through a blizzard to the show, but Buster seems agitated. During a detour through downtown Denver, Buster breaks out and mistakes the wide doors of the Brown Palace Hotel for the wide doors of his barn. Once inside, he's confused and angered by the slippery floors and screaming people; he corners young Alice, who helps her mother in the hotel shop. Zack rescues her and Buster, and they go to the stock show together. A steer did make a run through the Palace lobby in 1996, but those events only suggested this tale. The Daniels' watercolor illustrations are the best feature here. The text is realistic but lacks the drive and individuality needed to make it a crowd pleaser. Still, this will make a serviceable read-aloud for older children. A good regional purchase or for large libraries serving rural communities. (Picture book. 5-8)