Ages 4-7. Hillerman, best known for his adult mysteries with a Southwestern setting, makes a game try at writing a picture book for kids, and although there are kinks, he does better than a number of other adult writers who've tried the genre and better than the ubiquitous celebrity "authors." The real reason this works, however, is Franklin's artwork. The Navajo illustrator draws swirling, lively, cartoon-style pictures in ink and watercolor that are both mischievous and fun. The story stars Buster Mesquite the burro who loses his job and starts a cowboy band, teaming up with a rock-and-roll coyote, a wildcat cowgirl who plays the fiddle, and a crow that can belt with the best of them. The band scares a bunch of outlaws in a plot element that provides a little excitement but doesn't make much sense in terms of movement to the happy conclusion. What does work here is the energy, the wit of the art, and the satisfying cowboy milieu. Ilene Cooper
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Buster Mesquite's Cowboy Band is 32 pages of brilliant color illustrations of the desert southwest and its denizens--seen through the humorous eye of Native artist Ernest Franklin. The book has a color dust jacket and laminated, pictorial hard cover binding. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description