The Tale of the ill-gotten catfish
By: Barbara Hay
Publication Date – October 16, 2012
Included extras – a map of bootleg Oklahoma
A glossary of lingo/terms
Written primarily for readers ages 8-13 this realistic fiction story is the first in a series that is based on the antics of four sixth grade rodeo boys who call themselves The Bulldoggers Club.
Written through one boy’s (Dru’s) point of view, the reader tags along on one misadventure after another as the boys learn about the effects of lying from one record breaking catfish.
Laced with fact based information on Oklahoma and bulldogging (steer wrestling), along with several other interesting tid bits, this book catches your attention and keeps you interested through the whole story.
It is my opinion that readers will find this story engaging, regardless of a rodeo background. Though a few pieces of the story felt slightly disconnected, it read true to the intended voice of a sixth grade (12 year old) boy, and I would give the book a rating of 4.5 out of 5 Dragons (or stars if you would rather). I look forward to reading Mrs. Hay’s next book.