Slingshot and Burp

 
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Slingshot and Burp
Age Range
6+
Release Date
August 02, 2016
ISBN
9780763670764
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Slingshot and Burp—two pea-shootin’, slingshot-totin’ cowhands on two wheels—are on the lookout for action. Bleached bones? Bring ’em on! Lost outlaws? Let’s go! Hidden loot? Yee haw! Rattlesnakes! Scorpions! Ghost cats!Wait, what . . . ? Whoa! Saddled up to battle the boredom of summer, these two double cousins, best friends, and next-door neighbors have fitted themselves out like Old West cowboys to charge boldly (and sometimes bravely) into the southwestern desert that is their backyard. And sure enough, in two rattles of a snake’s tail, the boys find themselves boots-deep in adventure, dodging sisters, jail time, coyotes, and squirting skulls! Boll weevil!

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Shoot Out at the O.K. Playground
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4.0
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4.0
Slingshot and Burp live next door to each other in a rural, Southwestern area. Not only are they friends, but double cousins. They are given a lot of freedom to roam about the country side on their bicycles (which they pretend are horses, Thunder and Lightning), shoot things with their slingshots, and sleep out under the stars. The smallest occurrence can change into a big adventure with their active imaginations. When their sisters take over their "bunk house" and decorate it in pink, they must mount a counter attack. When a "ghost cat", and later, a "wild coyote" wanders into their path, they have fun hunting down the creatures. The lack of visible parents, along with cowboy dialect, gives Slingshot and Burp's adventures a ring of authenticity, even though the reader knows that the coyote is really a neighbor's dog that the sisters are grooming.
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This is an excellent choice for beginning readers. At just over 100 pages, it is well illustrated and not terribly long. The fact that the main characters have such imaginative skills is impressive, and their freedom is something that many young readers will not have experienced. The Southwestern setting seems exotic to someone who doesn't live there, and the description of the landscape and the variety of deadly creatures (scorpions!) that live there will deliver a mild thrill.

Readers who enjoy books like McDonald's Stink, Yee's Bobby the Brave, and Park's Junie B. Jones should take a look at this new title, which is almost sure to become a series featuring a variety of rough 'n tumble adventures.
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