You Bet Your Britches, Claude

Joan Lowery Nixon, Author, Tracey Campbell Pearson, Author, Tracey Campbell Pearson, Illustrator
Joan Lowery Nixon, Author, Tracey Campbell Pearson, Author, Tracey Campbell Pearson, Illustrator Viking Children's Books $11.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-670-82310-9
Reviewed on: 07/06/1989
Release date: 07/01/1989
There's never a dull moment when Shirley and Claude (stars of If You Say So, Claude and Beats Me , Claude ) are on the scene. This time they've blown back into town from Texas, bringing with them a newly adopted son Tom. Tom's sister Bessie lives with Mrs. Krumbly, the owner of the Good Eats Cafe. There's a rather Dickensian view of adoption here: Krumbly has paid $20 for little Bessie and now treats her as a servant. When bank robbers appear, Bessie proves she's more than a ``saucy, little, no-account, ragamuffin girl'' and catches the bad guys in a way that wins her the respect--and reward--that she's due. In the end, she rides home with Shirley, Claude and Tom. Colorful language and Pearson's lively cartoon drawings heighten the zip in this rollicking story. Ages 3-8. (Aug.)
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