A tall tale: giant heroine Swamp Angel wrestles a huge Montana dust storm to the ground and finds at its center an enormous horse named Dust Devil. She and the horse rid Montana of the evil band of villains, Backward Bart and the Flying Desperadoes.
Children\'s Literature - Beverley Fahey
Swamp Angel is back in a rollicking adventure that will keep her fans turning the pages. Too big for Tennessee, Swamp Angel has moved to Montana, a place big enough for her to stretch out in. One day when a roaring dust storm reaches her ranch, Angel rides the bucking whirlwind until she tames it. She discovers within a giant horse, claims it for her own, and names it Dust Devil. It isn\'t long before she runs into Backward Bart, so named because his mama had to roll him backward in his stroller due to his ugliness. Since no self-respecting horse will carry him, he rides into town on the back of a giant Montana-sized mosquito. Angel mounts Dust Devil and hurls lightening bolts at Bart and his desperadoes; eventually, she drives them all the way to Kansas by throwing Aunt Bessie\'s rock hard biscuits at the greedy outlaws. Soon the toothless gang is safe in jail, with all their gold fillings washing down the mountain springs to California. Could that be a story for another day? Angel is just as clever and just as feisty in this hilarious tall tale sequel, and Bart and his gang have met their match. This telling is a bit lengthy but if read aloud, kids will be hanging on every word and laughing out loud at the origins of the Buttes of Montana, the Grand Canyon, the Sawtooth mountain range, and the hot water geysers. Prepare to listen to kids talking backwards like Bart after hearing his \"pee-yip\" and \"Mee-yum.\" Zelinsky once again creates the atmosphere of the Old West with energy-filled oil paintings on maple and aspen veneers. Each oval or rectangular painting bordered in red begs the reader to spend a little time examining every nuance. Another winner from this Caldecott Honor book team. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey