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The Resource Dust devil, by Anne Isaacs ; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Dust devil, by Anne Isaacs ; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Label
Dust devil
Title
Dust devil
Statement of responsibility
by Anne Isaacs ; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Having moved to Montana from Tennessee in the 1830s, fearless Angelica Longrider--also known as Swamp Angel--changes the state's landscape, tames a wild horse, and captures some desperadoes
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Writing style
Illustration
Award
School Library Journal Best Books, 2010.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Preschool-Grade 2 Children who know Angelica Longrider, the “wildest wildcat in Tennessee” in the Caldecott Honor Book Swamp Angel (1994), will cheer her return in this sequel, which sends the barefoot, bear-wrestling giant to Montana. After rearranging a mountain or two, Angel feels settled in her new home. All she needs is a horse powerful enough to support her Himalayan size, and she finds her answer when a dust storm hits in the summer of 1835. Leaping onto the swirling funnel clouds of grime, she wrestles the storm until it magically takes equine shape and becomes Dust Devil, her trusty sidekick, who arrives just in time to help her take on a team of larger-than-life bandits, led by Backward Bart. Once again, Isaacs’ story and Zelinsky’s oil-paint-on-wood artwork create a laugh-out-loud tall tale with folksy phrasing and slapstick exaggeration. There are really two adventures in one here, which makes for a lengthy read-aloud, but children will delight in the deadpan, Old West narration and every gleefully silly, expertly rendered visual detail, from Bart’s steed (a saloon-sized mosquito) to Angel’s full-branched pine-tree knitting needles. A few pourqoui elements wrap up this handsomely designed, thoroughly entertaining stand-alone sequel. -- Engberg, Gillian (Reviewed 09-01-2010) (Booklist, vol 107, number 1, p96)
  • /* Starred Review */ K-Gr 4 — Zelinsky and Isaacs pull out all the stops in this dazzling companion to Swamp Angel (Dutton, 1994). Angelica "Angel" Longrider, the "wildest wildcat in Tennessee," has moved to Montana, "a country so sizable even Angel could fit in." The West seems to suit the feisty heroine, but she has trouble finding a horse powerful enough to carry her until she wrestles a violent storm and Dust Devil emerges mythically out of the fray. Isaacs's text, rich in playful language and alliteration, never misses the opportunity to make the most of the tall-tale convention as the formidable duo embark on a series of action-packed adventures centered on vanquishing a band of backward-speaking bad guys. Zelinsky has a heyday masterfully illustrating the high jinks with his meticulous oil paintings on cedar, aspen, and maple veneers, all of which are elegantly encased by a thin red border. Using softly glowing tones, he brands his own version of a Western folk style to flawlessly render the big-sky setting. The variety of layouts such as ovals, strips, and spot art effectively propel the hilarious, multilayered plot forward while panoramic spreads breathtakingly showcase the story's most dramatic moments. Readers will chuckle over the absurdity of the giant mosquitoes ridden by nasty Bart and his gang and learn the origins of buttes, geysers, the Grand Canyon, and even the California gold rush. A stunning tour de force and a satisfying continuation of Angel's saga.—Caroline Ward, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT --Caroline Ward (Reviewed September 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 9, p126)
  • /* Starred Review */ In this romping sequel, Isaacs's far-fetched tall tale is again paired with Zelinsky's stunning American-primitive paintings, framed by the wood upon which they are painted. Isaacs opens with a nod to the first lines of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn--"Unless you've read a book called Swamp Angel, you may not know about Angelica Longrider." The beginning of the story, in which Angel gets settled in her new home of Montana, is clever if overlong ("That's a beaut," she says creating Montana's buttes), but Isaacs more than delivers with a battle royal between Angel and a band of mosquito-riding cowboy scoundrels. Zelinsky's action-packed panoramas capture Angel's Paul Bunyanlike strength; when Angel rides a "bucking blast" of wind, Zelinsky morphs the tornado into a magnificent, cloud-colored horse that Angel names Dust Devil. Isaacs wraps her narrative in exaggeration that will have kids howling; "Talk about mean!" she says of Backward Bart's villainous gang. "They were pricklier than porcupines in a cactus patch." And she hints about a possible sequel when the desperadoes' gold fillings wash "downstream, all the way to California.... But that's another story." Ages 5–9. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed August 9, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 31, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Isaacs and Zelinsky tell an even taller tale about Angelica Longrider, the outsized heroine of their hilarious, Caldecott Honor–winning Swamp Angel. Having outgrown Tennessee, Angel moves to roomy Montana, where she faces a wild dust-devil horse and a bandit named Backward Bart, born so ugly that his mother rolled him around backwards in his stroller. He walked, spoke and robbed backward ever since. Bart's garbled threats remain funny even after several readings. "Cash your gimme!" just doesn't get old. Side-splitting similes abound as well; Bart's nefarious cronies are "pricklier than porcupines in a cactus patch." Singsongy, colloquial narration guides readers from predicament to outlandish predicament with humor and folksy charm. Angel's antics, pictured in oval and rectangular panels and surrounded by rippling wood grains, neatly explain the topography of the West in traditional folk-story fashion (wrestling the bucking bronco, Angel's feet drag across the ground, creating the Grand Canyon). Zelinsky's rustic oil illustrations offer a gallery of comic faces, frozen in exaggerated surprise, shock and frustration. Artfully crude, comedic artwork, friendly, understated narration and a wildly hyperbolic story combine to create a new classic. (Picture book. 4-10)(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2010)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
371945
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Isaacs, Anne
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 5-9
  • Elementary Grade
  • AD900L
  • 900
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 4
Reading level
  • 5.2.
  • 5.2.
  • 5.2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Zelinsky, Paul O.
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts!
  • Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Tall tales
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Montana
  • Montana
  • Montana
Target audience
primary
Label
Dust devil, by Anne Isaacs ; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
792286
Dimensions
31 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780375867224
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2009040877
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780375867224
  • (OCoLC)465866543
Label
Dust devil, by Anne Isaacs ; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
792286
Dimensions
31 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780375867224
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2009040877
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780375867224
  • (OCoLC)465866543

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