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Dust Devil

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  266 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Here is the thrilling, thigh-slapping companion to Swamp Angel, the beloved Caldecott Honor–winning picture book.

Swamp Angel has a reputation as the greatest woodswoman and wildest wildcat in all of Tennessee. But when she grows too big for that state, she moves to Montana, a place so sizeable, even Angel can fit in. It’s there that she wrestles a raging storm to the grou
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Schwartz & Wade (first published January 1st 2010)
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Aug 26, 2010 Betsy rated it it was amazing
If Pippi Longstocking is a redhead known for her casual legwear, Angelica Longrider (or just “Angel” for short) would have to be considered her blatantly barefoot ginger-headed equivalent. When the Anne Isaacs Caldecott Honor winning picture book Swamp Angel took the stage back in 1994 it was cause for celebration. Here you had an honest-to-goodness new tall tale with a vernacular smart enough to match the pictures, and vice versa. The pairing of Anne Isaacs with Caldecott winner Paul O. Zelinsk ...more
Aug 14, 2010 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This companion book for the wonderful Swamp Angel is filled with the same tall tale antics of the first. Swamp Angel grew too big for the state of Tennessee, so she had to move to the wide open spaces of Montana. Unfortunately, the sun woke her too early so she plucked some mountains and placed them around to create some shade, making the buttes of Montana. But her biggest problem was finding a horse that she could ride. They were too small to carry her. Then a huge storm came across the state, ...more
Amy Forrester
Feb 29, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
This rip roaring tall tale is the continuing story of Angelica Longrider, first started in the Caldecott Honor Book, Swamp Angel. Now a resident of Montana, larger-than-life Angel befriends her neighbors and sets about taming the Wild West. She tames a dust storm that turns out to be a gigantic horse she names Dust Devil. Their tussle creates the Grand Canyon. Angel and Dust Devil go on to chase an evil band of terrorizing robbers, Backward Bart and his Flying Desperadoes, across the whole of Mo ...more
16 years later, a sequel to Swamp Angel! And it's just as fun as the first. Angel has moved to Montana ("Notice: What you are about to read is a genuine Montana story. On this Earth, only one thing is as reliable as a Montana story, and that's a Montana fence post. Either of them may lean a little, but they seldom flat-out lie"). She finally has the room to do what she wants, but her large size finds her inadvertently squashing many a horse until she tames the steed Dust Devil, who becomes a hug ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
In this sequel to Isaac's tall tale Swamp Angel, we learn about what happened to the oversized girl when she left Tennessee and moved to Montana. What I really liked about this story was how geological features like the Sawtooth Range, the buttes, the geysers, and the Grand Canyon are explained by things that Swamp Angel does. In fact, it made me want to venture out west and see these wonders for myself. Isaacs creates some unique characters in Backward Bart and his gang. I loved the backward sp ...more
Eva Leger
May 10, 2011 Eva Leger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: julias-books
The second in out string of crappy kids books from last week. Julia and I decided to end this at the same time which told me we were making the right decision.
The writing isn't anything to write home about, neither of us liked this Swamp Angel creature (I have a hard time calling her a girl), the story just plain sucked. :(

Update on 10/17/11: I just changed the rating for this book from one star to three stars. If any one book has defined for me how much a persons mood plays in reading it's th
Nov 18, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
Summary: This was a wonderful traditional literature book! This was a story about a swamp angel, who was the greatest woodswoman and wildest wildcat in Tenesee. Thie woodswoman moves to Montana where she fights a huge storm that scares everyone in the town. She finds a horse, who throughout the story becomes her best friend. He becomes her side kick. She names her horse, Dust Devil. When the "bad guy" Backward Bart comes along and starts terrorizing the praries in the new town that the swamp ang ...more
Mar 17, 2011 Robin rated it really liked it
Love the language in this book: "Montana souil is rich enough to open its own bank." Sure enough, the corn grows so fast that it carries some cows along for the ride, who don't reappear till fall, when the stalks have withered. The cows were fine, and all summer "it rained milk by the buckets." This part especially reminded me of Sid Fleishman's stories about McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm. Many features of the Western landscape are explained in the story -- the buttes in Montana were moved t ...more
Oct 16, 2010 Marcie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marcie by: SLJ Best 2010
I waited to read this until I could reread the 1994 Caldecott Honor Swamp Angel. I like Dust Devil better than the first, although seeing the illustrations of the first made reading aloud Dust Devil that much more fun. The book certainly will fit into a 2nd or third grade tall tales study, but also will be a great writing model in conjunction with modern or por quoi tales. I particularly love the figurative language and the backwards talk. It might be fun to introduce palendromes before or after ...more
Holly Wagner
Jul 09, 2012 Holly Wagner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elementary, inte-5990
This sequel to Swamp Angel takes us farther West for our monstrous heroine to work her hyperbolic magic through the history of the wild West. Another great example of figurative language in story telling. I love the voice too.

Isaacs, A., & Zelinsky, P. O. (2010). Dust devil. New York, NY: Schwartz & Wade Books.
Awards/Reviews: Kirkus Reviews starred 09/01/10; Library Media Connection starred 01/01/11; School Library Journal starred 09/01/10; Booklist starred 09/01/10
Curriculum Connecti
Gabrielle Blockton
Mar 29, 2015 Gabrielle Blockton rated it did not like it
Date: April 29th, 2015

Author/Illustrator: Anne Isaacs/Paul O. Zelinsky

Title: Dust Devil

Plot: Angelica Longrider, a Tennessee native that was just too small for the state, decides to move to Montana, where she lives a content life, until Backward Bard and his Flying Desperadoes outlaw gangs bust through the state robbing and frightening anyone in their path.

Setting: Montana

Characters: Angelica Longrider, Aunt Essie Bell, Backward Bart, Bad Guy Hopkins, Missouri Jerk, Lovely Poe, Lawless Sam Die
Christina Swain
This humorous tale while instantly keeps children's attention during a shared reading or read-aloud of this text. The illustrations that Mr. Paul Zelinsky presents to the readers is good for the flow of the text. Anne Isaacs invites her young readers to explore the story of Angelica a courageous, feisty, ordinary girl and her sidekick companion horse, 'Dust Devil', as they go on an adventure to save their town from an evil group of bandits. Children will instantly grow an affection for the tall ...more
Feb 04, 2011 Peacegal rated it liked it
Dust Devil is a tall tale as big as the Montana sky, filled with delightful and humorous illustrations. (Wait ‘till you see the 10-foot mosquitoes!)

Angelica Longrider, a lady of Paul Bunyan-like stature, molds the West’s landscape and corrals a posse of bad guys. The title of the book refers to Angelica’s horse, an animal who can turn himself into a tornado when he gets the notion.

Veg*n parents should note that the story does depict the “breaking” of a horse when Angelica attempts to train Dus
Oct 03, 2010 Shannon rated it liked it
I love that although this is a companion book to Swamp Angel, I was able to follow and enjoy the book without reading its predecessor. The design of the book is great and rustic, and the tall tale is definitely one I'd share with my 4th graders during our legends and tall tales unit. But I wasn't that crazy about the illustrations themselves. I'm a big fan of the illustrator's Caldecott-winning Rapunzel, but I didn't have the same sense of not being able to tear my eyes away from the pictures li ...more
W.H. Beck
Sep 30, 2010 W.H. Beck rated it it was amazing
Swamp Angel has a reputation as the greatest woodswoman and wildest wildcat in all of Tennessee. But when she grows too big for that state, she moves to Montana, a place so sizeable, even Angel can fit in. It’s there that she wrestles a raging storm to the ground and, at its center, finds herself a sidekick—a horse she names Dust Devil. And when Backward Bart, the orneriest, ugliest outlaw ever known, starts terrorizing the prairie, seems like Angel and Dust Devil may be the only ones strong eno ...more
Allison Loncar
Sep 29, 2013 Allison Loncar added it
Shelves: 544
Genre: Traditional Literature Copyright: 2010
This is a fun tall tale of a girl, Angel, who saved her land and reigned in an unruly horse all of which made Montana the state it is today. Dust devils in Montana are known to be the horse of Angel who sometimes gets a wild side. This would be a fun book to read. I think older students would enjoy this because it makes subtle references to how the Grand Canyon was made and other mountain ranges. The illustrations are unique by being framed by wood pa
Neil Nicholson
This is about a crazy/fun girl called Swamp Angel who lives in Tennessee. She soon moves to Montana where she braves storms, literally. She has a horse sidekick that she names "Dust Devil" and he may end up being her saving grace. This is a long story and the pictures aren't all that great, but if you need to talk about folktales,this book will do the trick. I recommend this book for 4th and 5th graders.

Aug 28, 2010 nicole rated it it was amazing
A completely original, totally fun, tall tale, that feels instantly as classic as Paul Bonyun or any of those other big guys. While Paul O. Zelinsky's style isn't my favorite, you'd have to be blind not recognize how skillfully and thoughtfully illustrated this book is. And it's really fun to just flip through the pages looking for all the small details he added in; trying to find Angel's teeny tiny red pup on every page is almost like trying to figure out where Waldo is at times.
Jan 12, 2011 Tricia rated it liked it
A follow up to the Caldecott Honor Book "Swamp Angel", this book revisits our heroine Angelica Longrider as she moves to Montana and battles Backward Bart and his Flying Desperadoes. I thought the first book was okay but this one really captured the fun of a tall tale...with the desperadoes riding giant mosquitos and a leader who does everything, even talking, backwards. Elementary-aged audiences will enjoy this one!
Jessica Freeman
Dust Devil is a clever little story using imagination to explain the history behind the "bottles" in Montana and the Grand Canyon. The end pages are wood, the title pages are stained wood, and throughout the background of the book the wood remains. The front matter of the picturebook is very interesting. The main character is able to pick up and move mountains, while the "bad guys" of the story are riding mosquitoes.

Ill: paint
9/17/10-It came on Tuesday after I had shared Swamp Angel with my class that day. I started it on Thursday and finished it today. It was quite fun. My kids LOVED it. I hope Angelia Longrider gets featured in another book long before 16 more years pass by!

8/27-Just ordered this book! So excited. I read Swamp Angel to my class every year!!! Now Angelica Longrider has another adventure! I am so excited! Read it on one of my blogs, my pre-order is placed, I can't wait!
Amy Adams
Nov 20, 2012 Amy Adams rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
The illustrations are interesting enough, but the story is kind of all over the place. It's a tall tale of how Montana and the West gained some of their famous natural landmarks (Grand Canyon, Sawtooth Ridge, geysers, buttes, etc.). I think the book would have been better split up into a group of super short stories or poems instead of the one long story.
It might be a good supplement to use when teaching about tall tales, landscapes, or similes and metaphors.
Jan 31, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a sequel to the book Swamp Angel, by the same author/illustrator team. The story is entertaining and full of tall tales and exaggerations. It's a fun book to read aloud and begs to be read with a drawl. The illustrations by Paul O. Zelinsky are funny and have a comic and old fashioned feel. We really enjoyed reading this story together.

Alex Wulfekuhle
May 01, 2016 Alex Wulfekuhle rated it it was amazing
Very interesting folk tale that "explains" some western landmarks. I felt a little in the dark about Swamp Angel since I hadn't read the first book, although I gather she's kind of a female Paul Bunyan. The illustrations are very detailed and bright which gives it an authentic old-timey story feel.
Feb 03, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-s-books
Very interesting folk tale that "explains" some western landmarks. I felt a little in the dark about Swamp Angel since I hadn't read the first book, although I gather she's kind of a female Paul Bunyan. The illustrations are very detailed and bright which gives it an authentic old-timey story feel.
Sep 19, 2010 Terry marked it as wish-list
Shelves: pb-fiction
When I read Fuse #8's review of Dust Devil, I didn't realize that this is a new edition of a book first published in 2006. Her review (as always) is quite comprehensive and sells the story very well.
Jan 20, 2012 Sandie rated it liked it
I really liked this story, but my daughter was not as enamored with it. Its kind of like Paul Bunyon only with a female lead and a giant horse instead of a blue ox. But the story line is basically the same, telling how certain landmarks came to be because of her chasing Dust Devil all over.
Oct 11, 2010 Marcia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: grades 1-4
Swamp Angel returns in this tall tale set in Montana. Lots of fun, nicely illustrated, and always great to have a female main character, this time outsmarting the dim-witted Backward Bart. I've always enjoyed tall tales and this one should get the kids laughing.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
A wild tall tale about Angel who out grew Tennessee and brought mountains, milky rain, winds, and other natural things/disasters to Montana.

I enjoyed the ten foot long mosquitoes that caused the huge geysers.
May 14, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it
Isaacs continues the story of the Swamp Angel with wonderful illustrations by Caldecott award winning artist Paul O. Zelinsky.

The Swamp Angel rides a dust devil to exhaustion, only to discover it's a horse, of course, just her size.
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