Friday, May 31, 2013

PECOS BILL INVENTS THE TEN-GALLON HAT By Kevin Strauss / Illustrated by David Harrington

Pecos Bill Invents the Ten-Gallon Hat
Hardcover32 pages
“A delightful modern day ‘pourquoi’ story explaining how the ten gallon hat came to be. Could this be a hint of future books? If they are as fine as this one, I look forward to reading them!”
—Dick Strader, retired librarian, Willard Public Library

This tale takes readers on a romp into the Wild West and reveals how America’s favorite cowboy invented the ten-gallon hat. In an attempt to cover his noggin, Pecos Bill wears a baseball cap, a firefighter’s helmet, and even a tree branch, until he finally comes up with the right solution. Kids will laugh at his hilarious antics and enjoy searching for the armadillo and the salamander, hidden on each page. Vibrant illustrations capture the comedic tone of the story and a glossary offers a list of cowboy terms.

A fun book about solving problems, with amazing characters and a bit of an eye spy (look for the armadillo and lizard).  This book is fun, creative and original and I rate it 3.5 stars!

About the Author

Award-winning author and storyteller Kevin Strauss performs at schools, libraries, and community events across the Midwest. After serving as the executive director at the Prairie Ecology Bus Center in Lakefield, Minnesota, he decided to pursue a full-time career in storytelling. Strauss’s accolades include a Storytelling World Award and a National Parenting Publications Award. He earned a BA from Beloit College and a MSEd from Northern Illinois University. Strauss lives in Rochester, Minnesota.

About the Illustrator

David Harrington recalls studying picture books and drawing at a young age. Since receiving a BFA with honors from Art Center College of Design, he has illustrated numerous children’s books. Harrington lives in Orange County, Florida.

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