DON’T TOUCH MY HAT!

Thanks to Sheriff John and his ten-gallon hat, the town of Sunshine is a model of law and order. As long as he’s wearing his hat, Sheriff John can handle any kind of trouble the old West deals him, from cattle rustlers to stagecoach robbers. Afraid he’s nothing without his lucky hat, Sheriff John won’t let anyone, even his wife Lil, touch his talisman. Lil has a bit of a hat fetish herself and has just added a fancy new one to her collection when one quiet night there’s “trouble aplenty” in Sunshine. Without lightin’ the lantern, Sheriff John dresses in the dark and heads out to stop a fight, catch some robbers and round up rustlers. When it’s all over, he makes a big discovery about his lucky hat. Inspired by early 20th-century movie posters, the lighthearted illustrations in bold primary colors add to the story and capture the flavor and fun of the text. Wonderful end pages feature newspaper clips highlighting Sheriff John’s life. Hat’s off to this one! (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 27, 2007

ISBN: 0-375-83782-5

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2006

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A DOG NAMED SAM

A book that will make young dog-owners smile in recognition and confirm dogless readers' worst suspicions about the mayhem caused by pets, even winsome ones. Sam, who bears passing resemblance to an affable golden retriever, is praised for fetching the family newspaper, and goes on to fetch every other newspaper on the block. In the next story, only the children love Sam's swimming; he is yelled at by lifeguards and fishermen alike when he splashes through every watering hole he can find. Finally, there is woe to the entire family when Sam is bored and lonely for one long night. Boland has an essential message, captured in both both story and illustrations of this Easy-to-Read: Kids and dogs belong together, especially when it's a fun-loving canine like Sam. An appealing tale. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 1, 1996

ISBN: 0-8037-1530-7

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Dial Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1996

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THE GIRL WHO LOVED WILD HORSES

            There are many parallel legends – the seal women, for example, with their strange sad longings – but none is more direct than this American Indian story of a girl who is carried away in a horses’ stampede…to ride thenceforth by the side of a beautiful stallion who leads the wild horses.  The girl had always loved horses, and seemed to understand them “in a special way”; a year after her disappearance her people find her riding beside the stallion, calf in tow, and take her home despite his strong resistance.  But she is unhappy and returns to the stallion; after that, a beautiful mare is seen riding always beside him.  Goble tells the story soberly, allowing it to settle, to find its own level.  The illustrations are in the familiar striking Goble style, but softened out here and there with masses of flowers and foliage – suitable perhaps for the switch in subject matter from war to love, but we miss the spanking clean design of Custer’s Last Battle and The Fetterman Fight.          6-7

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1978

ISBN: 0689845049

Page Count: -

Publisher: Bradbury

Review Posted Online: April 26, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1978

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