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This morning over at Kirkus, I write about Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers.

That link is here.

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Last week’s column was devoted to Bob Shea’s Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads (Roaring Brook, October 2014), illustrated by Lane Smith. That link is here.

Today I’ve got some illustrations from this very funny book.

Bonus: Lane shares some early pieces of art — with text that didn’t end up in the final book. Consider them the Kid Sheriff outtakes.

I thank him for sharing.

Enjoy the art …

 

Some Early Kid Sheriff Pieces
(with Alternate Texts):

 

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Some Final Spreads from the Book:

 

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“Then hope rode into town. Slowly. On a tortoise.”
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“‘Howdy stranger. What brings you to our spicy town?’ asked the mayor.
‘I’m your new sheriff,’ said the boy. …”

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“It were the Toads. Itchin’ for some hootin’, hollerin’, and cattle kissin’.
‘No time for your foolishness. Dinosaurs just robbed the bank,’ said the sheriff. …”

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“…’Well, I reckon I could arrest you for being such a plumb nuisance, but I need this here jail for the real criminals. Dinosaurs are mighty big,’ said the sheriff.”
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All early images are used by permission of Lane Smith.

KID SHERIFF AND THE TERRIBLE TOADS. Text copyright © 2014 by Bob Shea. Illustrations copyright © 2014 by Lane Smith. Final illustrations used by permission of Roaring Brook Press, New York.

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