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Gr 5 Up–This odd duck of a story takes a while to build steam, yet eventually manages to endear its unique characters to readers in time for a sweet and satisfying ending. Chico Bustamante has visions of being a folk hero in his hometown of Pantalones, Texas, by making a name for himself with his stunts and swagger. Unfortunately, the town sheriff (and schoolteacher and mayor)–whose squad car doubles as a chicken shack–has other plans for him. The two rivals' delicate balance of power is upset when the sheriff unveils a giant chicken during his “Steak of the Union” address. He determines that this chicken will win a blue ribbon for Pantalones at the Texas Poultrystock Rodeo & Cookoff. Chico sees his chance at immortality and issues a challenge: he will ride the giant chicken for nine whole seconds, or the chicken will get to eat him. The sheriff sees the opportunity to rid himself of the sole challenge to his absolute power and accepts. Chico's training takes him to The Devastator, a mechanical bull possessed with the spirit of a “mad Mayan bull from the jungles of old Mejico,” and then to the neighboring Gengo County, where he is accused of being a spy. The high jinks that ultimately ensue leave readers no time to get bored. Mercado's graphic novel definitely has niche appeal, and it fills that niche charmingly.–J. M. Poole, Webster Public Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Chico Bustamante is a perfect hero for witty readers who have outgrown Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants books. He and his crew—which includes a faithful dog, a prissy New York transplant called Bucky, and a sycophant whose physical features give him the obvious moniker Pig Boy—take on the evil, chicken-obsessed local sheriff in a series of adventures, such as Chico speed racing through oil pipelines and leaving the county to find a rabbi to “make him a man” through a bar mitzvah. Delicately hued panels pop with high-octane go-karts and oversize fowl, reporters with big hair, and boy-built constructions that are given superpowers courtesy of big, bad Texas weather. Subplots veer from hilarious arguments about vegetarianism as a lifestyle choice to sweetly authentic father-son bonds. This book gives a fun, intelligent, wildly imaginative kick in the pantalones to the whole genre of Wild West tall tales. Adults who like irreverent humor will want to share the laughs, so be sure to stock enough copies for both age groups. Grades 6-9. --Francisca Goldsmith

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Boom Entertainment (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936393905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393909
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,684,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yehudi was a pizza delivery driver but now draws and writes for a living. He's done video games, music videos, short films, screenplays, commercials, an animated series and graphic novels. As a child, Yehudi would throw himself down several flights of stairs in order to prepare himself to be a stunt man. Bruising and breaking easily, Yehudi took the easy way out and chose to draw and film stunts instead. He lives with his girlfriend, Eileen, in Austin, TX.

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Chico Bustamante looks like the kid taking a whiz you see on decals that decorate classier pickup trucks. He lives in Pantalones, Texas (well known as the birthplace of underpants), where he enjoys relieving himself on the statue of the town's founders. You've gotta admire that. Chico's nemesis, Sheriff Cornwallis (who is also the mayor, judge, and school principal), drives a police van that doubles as a mobile Chicken Shack. Chico faces a number of challenges, saving the town from a giant chicken among them.

Maybe Pantalones is childish humor, but it appeals to my inner child. Yehudi Mercado makes fun of Texas (an easy target, to be sure), vegetarians (ditto), and a variety of other subjects, but this isn't the kind of social commentary that takes itself seriously. Mercado's supporting characters are almost as much fun as Chico. I would give Pantalones 4 1/2 stars if I could.
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Yehudi Mercado works in film and animation with a slacker comedy Texas twist. His new graphic novel Pantalones, TX: Don't Chicken Out is goofy, silly, strange, and a whole lot of fun.

Chico Bustamante, a go-kart riding rebel kid in Pantalones, Texas, gets under the skin of sherrif/mayor/judge/school principal/chicken shack owner Cornwallis. On his quest to become a Texas legend, Chico relies on his friends and his faithful dog Baby T. Maybe he'll ride a giant chicken, or maybe he'll challenge the chicken to a race. And maybe he'll become a legend in the end.

This is probably unlike anything you've read before. In attitude, it reminded me a bit of Bart Simpson's antics, at the same time more absurd and friendlier than the Simpsons. (Texas is the Friendship State, after all.) Pantalones, TX is appropriate for all ages, in terms of language and content, but some the humor might go over the heads of younger readers. I liked it.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary review copy!
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Yehudi Mercado's latest book is an incredible romp through fictional Pantalones, TX and a laugh out loud commentary for young and old with this sly adventure of a band of misfit kids in a small Texas town. My kids aged 10 and 17 loved the book! See how these kids successfully outwit a giant chicken and taco-truck-riding sheriff! If your kids love Captain Underpants then they'll love this book too.
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