Phoenix, who's half Texan, recently read Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg, about a mega-hero from Texas who was raised by coyotes and became the first cattle rancher but first had to tame a rattlesnake and fight down a "critter that was part grizzly, part puma, part gorilla, and part tatantula" and then after roping a long horn with the rattlesnakle turned the Hells Gulch Gang into respectable ranchers. Then he meets the love of his life...Slewfoot Sue. Yeeeehaw!
The very detailed, high energy, fantastic illustrations are also done by Steven Kellogg. I want them to become prints! Check out Steven Kelloggs other books here: http://www.stevenkellogg.com/