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Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads Hardcover – Picture Book, October 7, 2014
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“*Shea's broad parody of matinee Westerns is a readaloud delight . . . This is, without question, the best dinosaur book with no dino-saurs in it.” ―BCCB, STARRED REVIEW
“Smith's over-the-top goofy townspeople are a perfect partner for Shea's stylistic shenanigans.” ―The Horn Book
“*A crowd-pleasin' knee-slapper that'll have 'em rolling in the aisles, yessirree.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“*Shea's humor is spot-on in Sherriff Ryan's unwavering logic . . . and Smith's illustrations match the deadpan silliness to a tee . . . Another stellar job by Shea and Smith.” ―School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
“Shea and Smith, the duo behind Big Plans, deliver a western yarn that's long on cowboy slang and longer on screwball comedy.” ―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Lane Smith has written and illustrated a bunch of stuff, including the Kate Greenaway Medalist There Is A Tribe of Kids, and A Perfect Day.
He is also the author of the middle-grade novel Return to Augie Hobble, as well as author and illustrator of Caldecott Honor book Grandpa Green and runaway New York Times bestseller It's a Book which has been translated into over twenty languages. His other works include the national bestsellers Madam President and John, Paul, George & Ben. His titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor winner The Stinky Cheese Man; The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs; Math Curse; and Science Verse. Lane's other high profile titles include Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky; The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders; Big Plans by Bob Shea; and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. In 1996, Lane served as Conceptual Designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach.
In 2012, the Eric Carle Museum named him a Carle Artist for "lifelong innovation in the field of children's picture books," and in 2014, he was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the Society of Illustrators. He lives in rural Connecticut with the designer Molly Leach.
- Publisher : Roaring Brook Press; First Edition (October 7, 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1596439750
- ISBN-13 : 978-1596439757
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : AD530L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 11.09 x 0.43 x 8.81 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #429,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the end, Ryan staunches the wave of crime that has descended on Drywater Gulch and locks up the nefarious Toad Brothers. Declining the offer of a job as town paleontologist since he is a lawman, he rides his trusty tortoise off into the sunset.
The text of “Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads” incorporates the syntax and vernacular associated with cowboys and the “Old West”. Parents or grandparents reading this book aloud should be prepared to step into character and embrace the dialog. This book will delight young listeners and amuse adult readers.
Lane Smith’s illustrations are cartoon-like; they will appeal to the target audience. Adults will appreciate the subdued colors and the subtle details he incorporates into each drawing.
If you are looking for a fun and fun-to read aloud book, you will definitely want to consider “Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads”.
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