White Dynamite and Curly Kidd

written by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Ted Rand

Lucky Kidd watches her father ride a mean bull at the rodeo and thinks about becoming a bull rider herself.

The text is entirely a realistic conversation between a rodeo bull rider and his child as he prepares to take on "the meanest bull in the United States". The bright illustrations are full of energy and add depth of meaning to the snippets of talk, clearly showing the caring relationship of parent and child. The child Lucky continues to talk and shout throughout the exciting and dangerous ride itself. Dad rides very well and they continue their dialogue as they discuss the ride and future plans. It will be quite a surprise to many readers when they come to the last picture and discover Lucky, the future rodeo star, is a girl in pigtails; the sex of the child is never mentioned in the text.