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Rail-thin Slim wakes up from a nap in a scrubby canyon to find a coyote—curiously wearing a mini version of his own denim-and-vest outfit—who asks him to deliver a letter to the sheriff of Fire Gulch City. The wily critter sweetens the deal by offering Slim his fancy blue hat, and then hightails it before Slim can turn down the offer. So Slim makes his way from town to town in search of Fire Gulch City, averting disaster in the unlikeliest of fashions. His hat swallers up a flood and a tornado, and he then unleashes them to quench a fire and foil a bank robbery respectively. Wouldn’t you know it, by the time Slim gets to Fire Gulch, he’s become the very sheriff that the coyote sent the letter to in the first place. Long on text, Langdo’s quirky tall tale has the kind of grand whoppers you’d expect and a touch of heart that surprises. Visually, the dusty, appealing artwork has plenty of fine details for kids to get lost in while their ears soak up Slim’s crowd-pleasing exploits. Grades K-2. --Ian Chipman
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review by . July 07, 2013
This a very nicely written, interesting and beautifully illustrated children's book. The story takes on the classic Western genre and adds a magical twist to it. The main protagonist, Tornado Slim, is your typical lone cowboy character who walks into a town, rather reluctantly, saves the day and becomes the unwitting hero of the townsfolk. The story, however, departs from the typical western by the introduction of two elements that more properly belong into a fable - a talking coyote and the magical …
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