Jess and the Stinky Cowboys cover Jess and the Stinky Cowboys flap
Jess title page

"Throw those varmints in the horse tank!" yells Barber Bob.

"Toss those rascals in the river!" shouts Grocer Gertie.

"Bad for the horses and bad for the fish," says Mayor Mike.

Looks like it's up to Deputy Jess to solve the P.U. problem!

Kirkus Reviews:

"Deputy Jess and her aunt Gussy have been left in charge of Snake Gulch by Jess's father, the Sheriff. Usually that would be no problem because there's no quieter town on the frontier. On this day, however, a cattle drive comes to town, and the cowpokes smell worse than their cows. Jess and Gussy explain the no-stink law, but the cowboys would rather spend their five cents on candy and root beer than a bath. Jess and Gussy haul them in, but a stink cloud gathers and threatens the town. Jess's ingenuity cleans up Snake Gulch.

Smith applies the same gentle, wry humor she used in the Wizard and Wart books to the Wild West to good effect. Thiesing's cartoon, watercolor-and-pencil puppy people are a perfect match. Young readers will be seeking sequels. (Easy reader. 4-8)"

Named "A Best Book of the Year" by the Children's Book Committee of Bank Street College

ages: 4 and up

Illustrations from Jess and the Stinky Cowboys:

pages 8 and 9 a saloon girl

Jess running pages 12 and 13

from the Library Journal review of Jess and the Stinky Cowboys

       This delightful beginning reader is filled with repetition and humor. Watercolor illustrations depicting dirty dogs in cowboy clothing with a brown cloud hovering above add to the enjoyment.
       -Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX
       Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

from the Children's Literature review of Jess and the Stinky Cowboys

   ...There is plenty of humor in the story and even an added twist at the end. This early reader should appeal to boys and girls who like a good laugh.

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio – "Gold Award 2005":

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