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To avoid paying the Widow Macrae the four dollars and fifty cents he owes her, deadbeat cowboy Shorty Long plays dead and almost gets buried alive.
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Eric A. Kimmel is a well-known folklorist and the author of numerous books for children, including Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, a Caldecott Honor Book illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, and The Rooster's Antlers: A Story of the Chinese Zodiac, illustrated by YongSheng Xuan. He lives in Oregon.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-5-- Another madcap tale of the Wild West from the same duo that created the rollicking Charlie Drives the Stage (Holiday, 1989). Shorty Long is in debt to everyone; when they start demanding payment, he figures death is the only way out, and fakes his demise--coffin and all. Widow Macrae isn't fooled, though, and sits up all night to watch the body. If Shorty doesn't move by morning, she'll nail the coffin and bury it. And if he does move, he pays up. As luck would have it, a group of on-the-run bandits happen upon the phony corpse and, out of respect, try to close the coffin. But to do so they'll have to trim Shorty's very long nose, and he jumps up to protest. The shocked robbers take flight, leaving their loot behind, and Shorty is saved in more ways than one. Like the earlier title, this story is carried by the exaggerated "down-home," folksy humor. And once again, Rounds' crayon-and-line drawings, rugged and comical, perfectly complement the story's kooky wit. The story itself is not as convincing or smooth as the first yarn, and the premise of faked death may be confusing to some younger literal readers. Still, this will be a sure hit with western fans and with those who enjoyed Charlie's antics. --Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
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Book Description Holiday House, 1993. Condition: New. Glen Rounds (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0823410242
Book Description Holiday House (P), 1993. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0823410242