Meanwhile Back at the Ranch
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A very tall tale, told in deadpan style, of Rancher Hicks and his wife Elna. In his eyes, Hicks' trip to Sleepy Gulch is full of exciting incidents such as a turtle crossing the road and a prolonged game of draughts. 'Meanwhile back at the ranch' Elna's dull day includes an oil strike, a winning lottery ticket and a visit from a movie producer, not to mention an animal populat on explosion and resulting construction work. This preposterous tale which is essentially an expanded joke is wittily illustrated in aptly eccentric fashion by Ross, who cleverly manages to capture both the frenzied incidents of Elna's day as well as the monotony of Sleepy Gulch. Great fun for solo readers of seven and over.