By Eleanor Coeer, Pictures by Dan Bolognese
Harper Collins, 1995
It was spring, 1860. Bill saw a sign in the post office at Fort Laramie. The sign said: WANTED. RIDERS FOR THE PONY EXPRESS. Young, skinny fellows under 18. Orphans welcome. $25 dollars a week. “That’s the kind of job I want!” said Bill.
I am awfully partial to books about the Wild West. There’s something so romantically desolate (desolately romantic?) about riding on the open range, eating out of a chuck wagon and sleeping under the stars which appeals to the Annie Oakley in me. (I can conveniently forget that back then, people used corn cobs instead of toilet paper.) Not all children’s books capture the courage, isolation and sheer sense of adventure of those days, but this one — which introduces us to young Bill Cody (a.k.a. Buffalo Bill) as he joins the Pony Express — surely does.