January 7, 2011
Hey y'all, our next book takes place deep in the heart of Texas! The Cotton Candy Catastrophe at the Texas State Fair by Dotti Enderle is an amusing tale about a boy named Jake and his misadventures with his favorite sugary confection. When Jake walks into the fair, he heads straight for the cotton candy booth to pick up a cone of his favorite fair food, pink cotton candy. Little does he know that as he strolls around the fairgrounds, a strand of his cotton candy is still attached to the spinning machine, and he's leaving a trail of sticky pink fluff everywhere he goes. Jake is completely unaware of the havoc his cotton candy is creating as he visits the midway, the merry-go-round, the haunted house, the livestock pens, and the Texas Star Ferris wheel. Even Big Tex, the icon of the State Fair of Texas, can't escape the chaos, and the 52-foot tall cowboy soon finds himself wrapped in a pink tutu of cotton confection. Luckily, Jake realizes what has happened and is able to herd the cotton candy into the Cotton Bowl, and in the end it's back to business as usual at the fairgrounds.
The entertaining illustrations by Chuck Galey made us giggle as we witnessed the pink fluffy mass wrap itself around icons of Texas like longhorn cattle, the Texas Star, and Big Tex. Whether you are a native Texan, or just wish you were one, The Cotton Candy Catastrophe at the Texas State Fair is sure to bring a smile to your face.