When Wyatt the stallion chases after mare Ruby, they set off a chain reaction of rampant galloping, as a cowboy, cowgirl and assorted ranch animals, from pigs to chickens, join in the fun.
'Y'all get back in place!' is a constant refrain, as those pesky animals bolt across the pages, trailing the book's text and onomatopoeia behind them.
Brian Fitzgerald's brilliant illustrations add vibrant colour, movement and texture that beautifully carries the story. His comical cowboys and cowgirls and adorable animals will utterly entrance kids (and adult PB aficionados).
A fabulous book for toddlers and children in preschool and early learning settings, as the text would work well read aloud. Just practice first, to get a hold of the oftentimes-tongue-twisting Texan slang!
Title: Ruckus on the Ranch!
Author: The Texas Tenors
Illustrator: Brian Fitzgerald
Publisher: Blue Apple, $27.50 RRP
Publication Date: 21 July 2015
Format: Hard cover with dust jacket
For ages: 1 - 4
Type: Picture Book