A humorous Wild West tale, told in verse, about a dog, a cat, and a lone boy who team up to outwit the villainous bad guys Pug, Slug, and Doug the Thug.
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The eponymous characters here are villains; the heroes are ``A lone boy. A slow-lopin', quick-thinkin', bare-footin', straw- chewin' boy'' and his sidekicks: a ``mean'' dog (``flea-nippin', tail-tuckin','' etc.) and a ``cool'' cat (``alley-rovin', ear- missin'...''). When the ``bad guys'' mosey into the Dry Gulp Saloon (where a sign offers a reward for their capture), a slapstick battle follows, its intricate action as neatly choreographed as the comically concise verse that describes it. The boy's straw is key: spit at a chandelier, it ignites, flies into a poker game, and starts a fire. In the ensuing melee, the mop bucket goes ``bowlin' over Slug,/And just like the boy was hopin', all that sloppy, slimy soapin'/Made it mighty easy-- /ropin' Doug the Thug.'' Redenbaugh's caricatures have an energy and angularity that suit the story well, though her soft color pencils weren't the best choice of medium; the illustrations don't have quite the brisk authority that propels the verse. Still, a satisfying tall tale, and great fun to read aloud. (Picture book. 4-10) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Booklist:
Ages 5-7. One day a mean dog, a cool cat, and a lone boy cross paths with three fierce bad guys--Pug, Slug, and Doug the Thug--at the Dry Gulp Saloon. Although the dog and cat try their best to intimidate them, the outlaws are unimpressed until the boy spits a straw he is chewing at the ceiling, setting in motion a hilarious chain of events. Set on fire by the chandelier, the burning straw lands in the middle of a poker game. The brine from a flying pickle barrel extinguishes the flames, but the barrel also crashes into a bucket of soapy water, sending it sloshing all over the floor. Unable to stand upright, the clumsy robbers fall to the floor, and the boy ties them up. Saller employs rich language and deadpan humor in his raucous and silly Wild West tale told in verse. Redenbaugh's comical, colored pencil illustrations extend the text and add to the fun. This great choice for primary story hours will also be useful for older students studying expressive language. Kay Weisman
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Descripción Carolrhoda Books, 1993. Library Binding. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0876148038
Descripción Carolrhoda Books. LIBRARY BINDING. Estado de conservación: New. 0876148038 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW6.0568531