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Slingshot and Burp by Richard Haynes
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Aug 02, 2016 | ISBN 9780763670764

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Haynes keeps the action zipping along with his boys, who adopt the cowboy lifestyle as much as their parents will allow. He plays with expectations; readers convinced that the adventures are all in the boys’ imaginations will reconsider after Burp finds a real scorpion in his boot. Gilpin’s lively line drawings add plenty of character to the book…Active and entertaining, with a mid-20th-century feel.
—Kirkus Reviews

Lively illustrations help highlight the action of each chapter. Recommended as an additional purchase for libraries looking to increase their early chapter book collections and for those with a particular interest in cowboy stories.
—School Library Journal

Hayne’s episodic chapters gallop along as the intrepid amateur cowpokes explore the desert, find a (sort of) haunted skull, and rescue a dog they’re sure is part coyote. Gilpin’s cartoonish line drawings help bring the Wild West antics (many of which are imaginary) to life. Lasso-swinging, spur-wearing wannabe kiddie cowboys will be tickled.

Antagonistic older sisters, a blood-spitting lizard, and a legendary “Ghost Cat” all factor in to the boys’ adventures, which both Haynes and Gilpin paint as larger-than-life, even if real life occasionally intrudes (“Two lousy days in lockup,” is Slingshot’s response to getting grounded). It’s a boisterous tale that speaks to long summer days of (mostly) unfettered freedom.
—Publishers Weekly

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