Epossumondas Cover


By Coleen Salley; Janet Stevens (Illustrator)

Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152167486, 40pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2002


Who's Epossumondas? Why, he's his mama's and his auntie's sweet little patootie, that's who. He's also the silliest, most lovable, most muddleheaded possum south of the Mason-Dixon line!
Better choose your words wisely when he's around, 'cause otherwise you never know what you'll get. Epossumondas just might bring you a fist full of crumbs, or a soaking wet puppy, or a scruffy wad of bread--oh, you just wouldn't believe it!
Renowned storyteller Coleen Salley and Caldecott Honor illustrator Janet Stevens team up for this outrageous twist on the Southern story of the noodlehead who takes everything way too literally. (Or is that Epossumondas just pulling his mama's leg?)

About the Author
Coleen Salley(1946-2008) was a renowned storyteller, a distinguished professor of children's literature, andthe author of anumber of belovedpicture books. The classic Southernstory of Epaminondaswas her longtimetrademark tale at storytelling performances nationwide. She adaptedthis storyinto the acclaimed picture bookEpossumondas, followed by Why Epossumondas Has No Hair onHis Tail, Epossumondas Saves the Day, and Epossumondas Plays Possum, all illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Janet Stevens. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Coleen Salleylivedfor many years in the French Quarterof New Orleans.

Janet Stevens is the author and illustrator of many beloved picture books, including "Tops & Bottoms, " a Caldecott Honor Book. With her sister and co-author, Susan Stevens Crummel, she created the acclaimed best-sellers "The Great Fuzz Frenzy, " "Help Me, Mr. Mutt!, The Little Red Pen" and more. She is also the illustrator of the Epossumondas books, written by renowned storyteller Coleen Salley.Janet Stevenslives in Colorado. For more information, visit www.janetstevens.com.