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Book Review and Giveaway: The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town. Ends Oct 26th

The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town by Mary Casanova illustrated by Ard Hoyt

The day Dirk Yeller came to town, the wind curled its lip, cattle quit lowin’, and tumbleweeds stopped tumblin’ along. Townsfolk whispered. “He starts stampedes!” “He holds up trains!” “He’s trouble!”

When Dirk Yeller scours the town for something to stop his itchin’ and twitchin’ and jumpin’ and rattlin’, no one seems able to help. But Sam, who’s been following Dirk all day—and who can sometimes be a little fidgety, too—knows the perfect solution…

My Review: You can’t help but to smile after reading ‘The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town’. The story tells about an outlaw who came into Sam’s town to look for solutions to his problems, something to stop his itching and twitching. After moving from one store to another with no help, Sam decided to take him to the one place that would help solve his problems…the Library. With the help of Miss Jenny and Sam, Dirk Yeller opened books and read. The more he read, the less his problems.

Who knew that the power of books will help soothe a savage outlaw’s problems? The powerful message is the importance of books in the lives of children and how founding the right book and the importance of reading can help them to focus. I also love the illustrations by Ard Hoyt making reading this book fun. I highly recommend this book.

Age: 4 and up

Pages: 40

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

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  1. As a retired teacher I too believe in the power of books…a little one should be introduced to books at an early age to foster a love of reading. I plan on reading this to my 5 year old grandson if I win. Thanks for the chance!

    Comment by Ruthie B | October 9, 2011 | Reply

  2. I like that he was able to find a solution by looking it up in a book. How to find answers to all sorts of questions is an important thing to teach our young ones.

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    Comment by domestic diva | October 9, 2011 | Reply

  3. This would be a really wonderful book for a library or western-themed storytime for the young-uns in my storytime groups. Thanks for another great review and giveaway.

    Comment by YvonneJ | October 9, 2011 | Reply

  4. The cover is darling ! I didnt expect a big guy named Dirk, instead a small nerdy type.

    I love the creativity of the story and how it teaches kids about the joys of reading.

    Comment by Larissa | October 10, 2011 | Reply

  5. This is another book going on my Holiday list. I love the illustrations and think Ard is such a talented illustrator. Thanks for the post with Mary. I commented on her interview. GFC name is Lucky47.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | October 10, 2011 | Reply

  6. I love the concept of this story and I am always a sucker for a good story opening like this book has. I read the author interview and I really enjoyed it. I also commented on that post.

    Comment by april yedinak | October 10, 2011 | Reply

  7. This seems like a very cute story, and I love that it reinforces the idea that reading is fun and good for kids.
    nbellowsdove at gmail dot com

    Comment by Naomie | October 10, 2011 | Reply

  8. Author : Kathleen Bianchi (@joekathbia) (IP: ,
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    “Who knew that the power of books will help soothe a savage outlaw’s problems? The powerful message is the importance of books in the lives of children and how founding the right book and the importance of reading can help them to focus” I couldn’t agree more with those statements. The book sounds like a wonderful way to get the message across of looking to books for answers to questions you have.

    Comment by mymcbooks | October 11, 2011 | Reply

  9. What a fun book! I think it’s great that it not only promotes books and reading, but the library as well. My kids LOVE going to the library and checking out whatever books they want…it’s the greatest thing! 🙂

    Comment by Kristie | October 17, 2011 | Reply

  10. I would love any book that helps teach my kindergarten the importance of books and becoming readers. My main goal for the year is that each of my kinderkids becomes life-long readers! hat’s why I read at least 3 books a day to them! 🙂

    Comment by MJ | October 23, 2011 | Reply

  11. My children would LOVE this book!

    Comment by Kelly Moran | October 23, 2011 | Reply

  12. My son loves cowboys and I would love to read him a book about problem solving. Thanks for the chance. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

    Comment by Amy W. | October 25, 2011 | Reply

  13. My boys would love this book; The cover is illustrated beautifully.


    Comment by Angela Cisco | October 25, 2011 | Reply

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