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Summary: Bob Wire is a legend. A Texas legend, really. He was a cowboy, an oilman, and a hero. He tamed and rode thunderbolts, to prevent explosions and just for fun, too. This is a tall tale built from a collection of tales about a character named Bob Wire.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 5 to 8
Reading Level: 2.7
Age of Child: Read by a 12-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: She laughed at the exaggeration about what Bob did. She said she was confused about how this was a "collection of stories" since it was just one story.
Adult Reader Reaction: Big, bold text and simple illustrations give this picture book the feel of an easy reader. That is probably the best way to use the book because it reads like one story about Bob Wire's life. For me, the rush through a set of events undermined the depth and colorfulness of what makes tall tales wonderful.
Pros: This is a picture book that demonstrates the genre of tall tales for young readers.
Cons: The book is based on "stories passed down" over generations. The author also describes it as his imaginative work. For something that is a "collection," it doesn't have much depth or meat. If Bob Wire embodies characters from other stories, it would be helpful - and encouraging for readers - to know where to look for those stories.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Bob Wire is a book to pick when you want to introduce tall tales or talk about stories of old.