Monday, April 4, 2011

Calico the Wonder Horse

Okay, folks, this is a book that has all the makings of an action packed, knock-your-socks-off, read-it-again-and-again, Western for the not-so-faint-at-heart.  To begin with:
Way out West in Cactus County there was a horse named Calico.  She wasn't very pretty . . . but she was very smart.  She was the smartest fastest horse in all of Cactus County.  She could run like greased lightning and she could turn on a quarter and give you back fifteen cents in change.

And, like all bang-'em-up Westerns, there's a standoff between the good guys (Calico and Hank) and the bad guys:
Stewy Stinker - was said to be so mean he would hold up Santa Claus on Christmas Eve
Butch Bones - boasted that he was so tough he would bite a live grizzly bear's nose
Snake Eye Pyezon - was so crooked , that if he swallowed nails he'd spit out corkscrews
Buzzard Bates - was so bad even a buzzard wouldn't use him for bait

This book has it all: a round-up, "Badlands . . . good only for hideouts for Bad Men," a stagecoach driven by none other than Diehard Dan, a cattle rustling, a kidnapping, a stampede, a holdup, and a chase.

So run, don't walk, to your local library and check out Calico the Wonder Horse or The Saga of Stewy Stinker by Virginia Lee Burton before they're all hustled off the shelves.


  1. Funny - I thought this was a new title, but Virginia Lee Burton rang a bell - so I Wiki'ed to find out she is the creator of Mike Mulligan (I'm sure you know that). This sounds like a really fun, creative book - perhaps great for boys who can be hard to find good books beyond trains and dinosaurs?

    Thank you for sharing this little golden nugget on Post Of The Month Club! XOL

  2. Calling by from Post of The Month Club, not an author that is familiar to me, but it is a long time ago since our children were little and I was showing an interest in childrens literature.