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Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads (Book) Review

 
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4.5/ 5


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Old West inspired artwork combines with a quirky story line to keep young readers interested.

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The ending doesn't really match the rest of the story in terms of humor.


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“Drywater Gulch had a toad problem.” Bob Shea and Lane Smith delight kids with an Old West inspired tale about a band of low down dirty crooks, and the inventive young sheriff who is out to beat them at their own game. As the story begins, we are introduced to the town of Drywater Gulch, […]

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Posted October 1, 2014 by

 
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“Drywater Gulch had a toad problem.”

Bob Shea and Lane Smith delight kids with an Old West inspired tale about a band of low down dirty crooks, and the inventive young sheriff who is out to beat them at their own game. As the story begins, we are introduced to the town of Drywater Gulch, and the looks like something out of a John Wayne movie. There’s wooden storefronts, cacti and stagecoaches, plenty of boots and hats, and of course – bandits. Everything is done in sepia tones, which immediately give you that comfortable Old West feel that cowboy crazy kids will adore.

But things aren’t going all that well in Drywater Gulch. The Toad brothers have been wreaking havoc pretty much everywhere they go. They rob and steal, insult your cooking and assault your cattle, and all around give the whole town a hard time, but just when the people of Drywater Gulch think things are downright hopeless, and new sheriff rides into town..on a tortoise. It’s a little weird, but it’s a visual gag that will have kids giggling as they patiently wait for the new lawman to get across the pages on his decidedly low speed ride.

As you may have guessed from the title, the new sheriff in town is actually just a kid – but he doesn’t let that stop him from doing his best to put those ornery Toad brothers in their place. Though his qualifications may have been in questions at the beginning, the mayor quickly sees his potential. Kids will be delighted at Kid Sheriff’s innovative approach to getting the villains to own up to their crimes, and it’s all done in an Old West style of speech that both sets the tone for the story and complements the old fashioned art style.

Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads is an Old West/dinosaur mash-up that will have kids giggling. With inventive artwork to keep little eyes busy and an action packed story line with a whimsical sense of humor, it’s a bedtime story choice that parents and kids can both enjoy. Though the final page seems an abrupt end to an otherwise whimsical story, it’s overall an inventive and engaging story that will appeal to young readers with a quirky sense of humor.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)