Westward Ho, Carlotta! by Candace Fleming

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What's an opera singer to do when the appeal of performing in concert halls wears thin? Why, go West, of course! And sure as shootin', that's what Carlotta Carusa does. Out on the prairie, she finds all the adventure she's been craving: snarling wolves, disastrous droughts, and that no-good villain Skullneck Sam. But fear not, there's no gun-slinger alive who's faster to the draw than Carlotta, with her spine-tingling E above high C. And there's nothing more satisfying than watching a feisty heroine, armed with a good melody and a heap of confidence, tame the untamable. Here's an outrageously silly Wild West adventure sure to make any kid as happy as a tick on a hound dog!

About Candace Fleming

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Candace Fleming is the acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including "Ben Franklin's Almanac, " an ALA Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, as well as "Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!, Gabriella's Song, " and "When Agnes Caws, " all ALA Notable Books. She lives in a suburb of Chicago. David Catrow is the illustrator of numerous notable books for children, including the other Silly Dilly books, as well as Kathryn Lasky's She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Mr. Catrow is also a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist whose work appears in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Sun-Times, as well as in nine hundred other newspapers. He lives in Springfield, Ohio.
Published September 1, 1997 by Random House Trade. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fleming (Gabriella's Song) maintains a deadpan tone and includes plenty of Yosemite Sam-isms like ""Ripsnortin' rattlesnakes!"" Swaggering villains speak in hard-boiled clich s (""Don't play dumb with me, songbird"") as they grimly ""face the music"" and succumb to Carlotta's perfect pitch.

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