Slingshot and Burp

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Candlewick Press (MA)
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5.6 X 7.8 X 0.7 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author
Richard Haynes grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania, one of nine children. Every day of his boyhood was filled with adventure and not a few battles with sisters and brothers over territory. Slingshot and Burp is his first book for children. He lives in northern California with his wife, writer Megan McDonald.

Stephen Gilpin has illustrated more than thirty books for children, including the Who Shrunk Daniel Funk? books by Lin Oliver. Stephen Gilpin lives in Kansas.
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