- Age Range: 5 and up
- Series: Dial Easy-to-Read
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Dial Books; 1st edition (May 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803715323
- ISBN-13: 978-0803715325
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,847,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sam's Wild West Show (Dial Easy-to-Read) Hardcover – May 1, 1995
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3?A fast-paced easy reader about performing cowgirls and cowboys who ride, rope, shoot, and finally foil a bank robbery by plying tricks of their trade. The use of staccato simple and compound sentences mimics the humorous dialogue, action, and jerky movements of old Western films. The cartoonlike illustrations convey a slapstick atmosphere, complete with knocking knees and bugged-out eyes. They are done predominately in shades of gold, orange, and browns, and are framed with rope borders. Although the intended audience might wonder exactly what "I'll be sheep dipped" means, they'll get most of the humor, enjoy the sentence patterns, and read with delight.?Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 1^-3. The comedy will draw new readers into this Dial Easy-to-Read story, which is set in the Wild West. The cartoonish color pictures add to the action, as the cowboys and cowgirls trick the outlaws and clean up the town. Hazel Rochman
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"A cowboy and a cowgirl traded horses while they were going very fast."
"Sam ahot the tops off twelve bottles of soda pop," without breaking the bottles or spilling the soda.
A Greek chorus of the mayor, the banker, and the marshall join in the applause, but the marshal talks in nonsensical non-sequitors that youngsters will enjoy (even if they don't know what a non-sequitor is):
"Great riding," the mayor said.
"Great," the banker agreed.
"I declare!" the marshall said.
Sam and his troupe ready for the grand finale when the mayor gets a telegram warning that outlaws are about to descend upon the town and ron the bank. Like the great film, "High Noon," the townspeople hide, and the marshal runs away in fear. THe mayor pins a badge on Sam, just before he and the banker hide. Who will stand up to the bad guys?
Taking a clue from another film classic, "Destry Rides Again (Jimmy Stewart, Marlee Dietrich), Sam pretends to doze on the jailhouse porch, and outlaws FLo and Bo "laughed out loud when they saw the marshall asleep on the porch." But Sam--like Destry-- has two things in his favor: Skill, organization, and, no, make that three things... Skill, organization, and the element of surprise! WHn signaled by Sam, his troupe of entertainers (men and women alike) use their talents to defeat the armed foe.
"Two cowboys leaned over the bank roof and ropes the outlaws' guns."
"... the woman jumped from their horses onto the outlaws' horses.
And Marshal Sam cracks his long whip so sharply and accurately that whips the money bagsout of the robbers' hands--and they sail right back to the bank.
The non-violent talents of a well-organized bunch of entertainers defeat the robbers. But they cannot stay...they have a show to do in the next town! This is an entertaining, slightly tongue-in-cheek Wild West yarn that's well-paced, imaginative, and brighted by Simms Taback's small but colorful pictures, bursting with activity and action. Great fun to read, and perhaps even more fun to read to someone.