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Diamond Jim Dandy and the Sheriff

3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  58 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
When a snake slithers into the sleepy town of Dustpan, Texas, the sheriff knows for darned sure that it shouldn’t be allowed to stay—even if it’s really a friendly kind of rattler. No matter if the neighborly reptile has managed to charm the customers at the local restaurant, entertain the Ladies Sewing and join the kids for playtime. After all, that’s the law of the west: ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Sterling (first published 2010)
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Jan 30, 2016 Garren rated it did not like it
Sigh. It has all the usual ingredients, but it felt cranked out to a checklist to me.
Mary Kate Garst
Nov 11, 2014 Mary Kate Garst marked it as childrensliterature
Summary: Diamond Jim Dandy and the Sheriff is an extremely versatile book for young children. It tells the story of a bored small town sheriff who is upset by the arrival of a rattlesnake. He tries in earnest to expel the snake from the town but the citizens have been won over by the snake. Soon there is a crisis and the snake proves himself trustworthy and heroic to the sharif who promotes begs him to stay and promotes him to deputy. This story illustrates two different things to children. That ...more
Ismael Santamaria
Nov 10, 2014 Ismael Santamaria rated it liked it
Diamond Jim dandy and the sheriff is about a local sheriff who hasn't had any action in his town for many days when a mysterious rattlesnake comes into town.As the rattlesnake comes into town the sheriff tells it that he must leave. I enjoyed reading the book because it was really action packed and taught someone a valuable lesson. I would recommend this book to others because it’s a book that you would get a good laugh out of.

Spoilers follow below

The protagonist is the sheriff
The antagonist is
Mar 14, 2011 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: picture
Cute illustrations. And a fellow Texan!

But ... snakes are an automatic ick factor. Even cute ones. And while this is a nice addition it is not a must have.
Mar 20, 2011 Sunday rated it liked it
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—A friendly and frolicsome rattlesnake shakes things up when he slithers into small, dull Dustpan, TX. Despite making friends with the menfolk, ladies, and babies, he is run out of town by the sheriff because "it's the Law of the West." However, when little Idie Mae (whom the sheriff was babysitting "just to pass the time") goes missing, the rattler (with his pearly fangs) assists in saving the day and everyone declares him to be one "jim-dandy" sna
The Styling Librarian
Diamond Jim Dandy and the Sheriff by Sarah Burell, illustrated by Bryan Langdo - 2010 – loved reading a funny Texas story with a rattlesnake hero. First time I’ve heard about this book, quite cute… can tell it would be a fantastic read aloud!
Jan 31, 2015 Dondra rated it did not like it
Cute little story BUT lots of euphemisms that we don't appreciate at all. Why cuss in a kids' book? Not worth reading.
Dec 07, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
I found this little picture book both weird and charming, so that's a winner -- right?
Jenny Young
Aug 09, 2011 Jenny Young rated it really liked it
Grades K-3


Prejudice; intolerance

The illustrations are created with watercolor and pencil.

Personal response:
I really liked the story in this book and the lesson. The Sheriff in the small (boring) town has a new visitor. The Sheriff doesn't give the new visitor a chance and tries to run him out of town just because he's a snake. The ending made the story great and I enjoyed reading it.

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This book would be good for a scien
Elizabeth S
Dec 29, 2010 Elizabeth S rated it liked it
Shelves: f-picture
A fun, silly book that teaches a good moral. I love that the sheriff moonlights as a babysitter. And everyone learns about how to earn trust and friendship.
Jul 09, 2011 Debra rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cute story...but it must be read with a Texas accent. ;-)
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