Reviews for Bubba the Cowboy Prince : A Fractured Texas Tale


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 December 1997
Ages 5^-8. Retold countless times with new twists and different settings, the story of Cinderella seems to have universal and endless appeal. This western version features a cow as the fairy godmother, and breaks tradition with a gender reversal in which the Cinderella role is played by a likable Texas cowboy named Bubba, and the handsome prince's part is taken by Miz Lurleen, a spunky (and wealthy) cowgirl who throws a ball when she decides it's time to find a husband. Ketteman wisely leaves the plot unchanged, but the story has a distinct western flair and a humorous tall-tale feel that is greatly enhanced by the exaggerated actions and facial expressions of the characters in Warhola's double-page-spread oil paintings. With a male in the starring role, this charming and funny retelling may hold more appeal for young boys than the traditional version may. ((Reviewed December 1, 1997)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 1998
This fairy tale takeoff substitutes the stepson of a wicked cattle rancher for Cinderella and an industrious wealthy neighbor gal with Texas-size hair for the prince. The western-style trimmings of the text and accompanying oil paintings are humorous but not enough to justify retelling a story that's as overworked as poor Bubba. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 1997 November #3
Rustler lingo and illustrations chockablock with Texas kitsch make this ranch-spun Cinder-fella a knee-slappin' tale. Bullied by his step-kin, Bubba is stranded on the ranch while the rest of Texas attends the ball hosted by Miz Lurleen "the purtiest and richest gal in the county" who is looking for a feller who loves ranching as much as she does. While Bubba checks the herd, the sky grows "darker than a black bull at midnight." The thunderhead rolling in turns out to be his fairy godcow haloed, freshly coiffed and wielding not a wand but lightning bolts. By the time the duded-up Bubba hits the shindig, Miz Lurleen has wearied of the last of her suitors ("another ten-dollar Stetson on a five-cent head"). After some fine do-si-do-ing, Bubba's duds turn to rags, but Miz Lurleen is infatuated. While spoofing Cinderella is not a new idea, Ketteman and Warhola's (Aunt Hilarity's Bustle) well-matched flair for hyperbole gives both the narrative and illustrations a one-two punch. Just the ticket for buckaroos lookin' fer a good read. Ages 5-8. (Nov.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews

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