Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch
Hawkes' artwork is the real selling point here: it's loaded with verve and saturated colors, and the big skies filled with puffy clouds add a wonderful sense of the wide open frontier. The boldness of the illustrations makes this...more
The story main character is widow Tulip Jones of Bore from England who inherited a ranch in Texas. She will move in with lot of (I mean really lot of) tea, twelve pet tortoises which are named after the months of the year and her three servants Linsey, Woolsey, and Calico.
Widow Tulip w...more
In the tradition of Pecos Bill and Paul Bunyan, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch serves up American Storytelling on a tasty platter with blueberry scones and strawberry shortcake. The widow Jones is a marvelous character full of vim and vigor. It's no surprise when she moves to arid, desolate Texas and coaxes the land into growing humongous fruits and vegetables...more
Everything grows bigger in Texas, from vegetables to tortoises. So it was that wealthy young woman Tulip Jones ended up with a strange ranch and too many suitors.
From there the story gets remarkably silly, as she tries to weed out the extra suitors by various tests and...more
Tulip Jones inherits a ranch and goes to Texas. When she arrives, it's so hot that the lizards have to walk on stilts to protect their feet (that illustration alone is worth checking out...more
It doesn't take to long for the 100's of single cowboys in the town to begin to court the wealthy widow. However Widow Jones wants nothing to do with them. To try to get ri...more
Even though I enjoyed the book I do not think K did. I didn't read the blurb when he brought the book home I just looked at the cover and was like oh wow giant tortoises how fun will this book be.
You have Widow Tulip who has a farm and the farm grows BIG things which I thought was awesome. But then in comes the talk about marriage, suitors are coming up to marry this Widow and she sets them on tasks which are pretty cool. K only thought the giant to...more
While parts of this book were delightfully funny and cute, I certainly would never read it to a child. The fact that it represents women as marriage-happy idiots who will travel from all around to marry someone they haven't met is baffling. I realize it's meant in a humorous manner, but these sorts of representations matter, especially at the age of a child who would be reading this. Even the strong widow at the end is married off. Their love story was at least appropriate. I wish it focused mor...more
Very humorous tale of an English widow who inherits thirty-five million dollars and a Texas ranch. Tulip Jones decides to move to Texas with her twelve pet tortoises and three servants for ranch hands. When news of the rich widow spread through the land one thousand Texas suitors decended upon the ranch intent on marrying widow Jones. Through many high jinxs and catastropes, only one man is able to win her heart. I loved this story-typical of stretching the truth a bit Te...more
The Widow Tulip Jones of England has recently inherited $35 million and a ranch in Texas. Off she goes and the hilarity starts when thousands of Texan bachelors come to win her hand in marriage.
Extra star for the nod to The Odyssey.