Old Granny and the Bean Thief
Publication Date: August 2003
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Old Granny is lonely, living way out in the country with no one to talk to. She’s happy enough, though, as long as she has her beans. One night a thief climbs through the window of
her little cabin while she’s sleeping and steals her beans! Old Granny sets out to see the sheriff. Along the way, she meets an odd assortment of talking creatures: a snake, a pecan, a cow patty, a prickly pear cactus, and an alligator. Soon they’ve all befriended Old Granny, and joined forces to help her foil the thief in this humorous tale that glows with the bright, bold colors of the Southwest. Old Granny and the Bean Thief is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Cynthia DeFelice has written many popular middle-grade novels and picture books, most recently The Real, True Dulcie Campbell. She lives in upstate New York.
Cat Bowman Smith is a veteran illustrator of children’s books, including No More Nasty by Amy MacDonald. She lives in Pittsford, New York.
"Using a cheerful Southwestern palette, Smith cleverly captures the sassy tone of DeFelice's folksy telling. Children will be amused by Granny and her remarkable posse." --Booklist
"Both text and illustrations carry the visual humor, creating a situation that builds, and then unfolds, like the best of slapstick comedy...this rollicking good story should satisfy young listeners as a tale well told." --The Horn Book