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“Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads” is an amusing story about young sheriff named Ryan, who must ride his faithful tortoise into town to defeat the terrible Toad Brothers. You should be prepared have fun with this one, especially if your not afraid to put on your best wild west voice. The illustrations are well done and suit the story, but I should warn you that the colors are muted. So if your looking for the bright colors often found in children's books, this one is not for you. The only issue I had with this book is that the humor is a little more suited for older kids. As one reviewer said, I was giggling more than my child. It's really not that big of an issue as I know she will get the jokes more as she grows and I intend to keep this book around.
This book is so hilarious! I bought it based off a recommendation from a friend, and since getting it a week ago I have read it so many times and recommended it to half the people I know! The story is fun, imaginative, and so funny! And it really takes you by surprise more than once! I can't believe I had never heard of Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads before, this book deserves to be so much more well known!
“Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads” is a rootin’ tootin’ fun-filled book that is a delightful read aloud choice. Bob Shea has given readers a quick-witted hero, Ryan – albeit one who rides into town on his trusty tortoise and seems to be more a paleontologist than he is a sheriff.
In the end, Ryan staunches the wave of crime that has descended on Drywater Gulch and locks up the nefarious Toad Brothers. Declining the offer of a job as town paleontologist since he is a lawman, he rides his trusty tortoise off into the sunset.
The text of “Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads” incorporates the syntax and vernacular associated with cowboys and the “Old West”. Parents or grandparents reading this book aloud should be prepared to step into character and embrace the dialog. This book will delight young listeners and amuse adult readers.
Lane Smith’s illustrations are cartoon-like; they will appeal to the target audience. Adults will appreciate the subdued colors and the subtle details he incorporates into each drawing.
If you are looking for a fun and fun-to read aloud book, you will definitely want to consider “Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads”.
My husband and I both do fun voices for the book. Mine are better of course. But either way both kids love the book. It’s actually funny and sweet. We even bought it for a friend for a birthday. That’s how I ended up writing this review. A book I enjoy. We got it in our local book store book club.
My 4 and 2 year old girls and I adore this book. While I know that my girls don't understand some of the humor, they enjoy that I read it with a southern drawl and that I chuckle. They like that I like reading it to them and honestly, that's enough for them. One day they will understand the sarcasm and jokes, but for now, we just enjoy spending the time reading a funny book where mama talks silly. Books, especially children's books, don't always have to teach a lesson or inspire some sort of greatness. Books can simply be time spent together.
This is by far the best children's book we've found in a long time. It's got plenty of humor to keep the adults happy but enough excitement that the kids want to read it over and over, plus dinosaurs! Bob Shea is by far our favorite children's author but this book takes his already funny style to the next level. Highly recommended!!