Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hi-Yo Fido!

Hi-Yo Fido!
Ron Barrett ~ Crown, 1984


Stumbled on a chuckler some weeks back at a library sale and was stunned to find I hadn't seen it before. Written and illustrated by the artist behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, this out-of-print wonder is a cute idea illustrated in minimal color to huge comic effect. Take a listen...

A long time ago, before TV, thousands of poodles, cocker spaniels, and collies roamed the western plains in search of biscuits, fire hydrants, and rubber balls. Boys and girls called "dogboys" and "doggirls" watched over the dogs and took care of them. They lived together on great ranches like The Lazy Poodle.Lead by a little girl called Dale Jeans, well... you can see where the story is headed. One silly pun after another (my fave being "Over hill... and dale" and you see the dog crawling over Dale herself), Dale finds herself in a pickle when her dogs are rustled (by a band of people all named Russell) and she and the dog Woo-Woo must save the day. Funny funny stuff.

In the end, the plot thins out so that the dogs are recovered, cowgirls and cowboys are created, and all is right with the world. I love the color and dark lines here, signature Barrett, for sure. I know I've said it before, but these pages send my son into giggle fits, and as a parent, that always gives me the ultimate satisfaction. Plus, any book with hand-draw borders (super classy) gets two thumbs up right out of the gate as far as I'm concerned.

Also by:
Old MacDonald Had an Apartment House

5 comments:

Antmusic said...

What a fun book! I love the old-school-comic-strip style art.

Paula said...

We also found this a library sale and my son LOVES it...he also loves Why Cowboys Sing in Texas. Books with Cowboys, Dinosaurs, Australia and Outer Space rock his 4 yr old world.

Sarah @ Mum In Bloom said...

Why haven't I found your fabulous site before? I am obsessed with Vintage Kids Books. Even though my blog is full of recipes, I always include a "glimpse" of pages from my huge collection of books after each recipe. I can't wait to read more of your beautiful site :)

Scribbler said...

Thanks for the kudos and welcome!

Becky said...

I love it. The illustrations almost look like "how a bill becomes law" in parts!

btw - loving your blog

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