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The Blessing Way [Hardcover]

Tony Hillerman , Ernie Bulow , Ernest Franklin
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Jan. 12 2007
Buster Mesquite's Cowboy Band give a quirky southwestern retelling of a classic children's tale, with a much more satisfactory ending. Delightful illustrations by Navajo artist Ernest Franklin, who has been illustrating Tony Hillerman's Navajo policemen for many years. Visual puns and hidden jokes make Franklin's drawings a delight to revisit over and over, always with a fresh sense of discovery. Humor is a large part of Native American life and traditional culture.
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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for, a would be, junior rockers. Feb. 13 2013
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My grandson is sure he will be in a band someday so this was a great book for him. He just turned 6 and he's already got his guitar, mic stand and mic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not very good, but plenty loud Jan. 7 2002
By Nancy Tandberg - Published on Amazon.com
Tony Hillerman has assembled four down and out cowboy band wannabees, faintly reminiscent of some other musicians from Brementown, but perfectly at home among the cactus and mesas of the Southwest. Buster Mesquite's Band isn't very good, but it's plenty loud, and they are destined for adventure on their quirky journey to fame and fortune, helped along the way by their unabashed enthusiasm for their music and some plain old dumb luck. Those notorious bandits they stumble upon don't stand a chance when Buster's Band dazzles, or rather startles, them with their latest tune.
Ernest Franklin's energetic illustrations make every page an eyeful that enhances Hillerman's spare and witty style of storytelling. Buster's Band gets a definite A for effort.
Nancy Tandberg
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Tony Hillerman tale Dec 30 2012
By Rachel E. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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A short book and fun to read. Hillerman was always good and this is no exception. It is not the well written and more complex novel we would expect from him, but well worth the time to read it.
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