Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374357597, 32pp.
Publication Date: March 31, 2009
Antic-filled artwork by Kevin O'Malley accompanies Phyllis Root's text, a great read-aloud with a welcome eco-friendly twist at the end.
“Root is a polished storyteller, and she’s got the yarnspinner tone down just right (“Now, folks say the mosquitoes up north are mighty bad, and I believe it’s true”). O’Malley trades his usual jazzy fluidity for a more period flavor, with rustic, hatching-rich linework anchoring digital colors, the result suggesting enjoyably cheesy early comics.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The book presents such a happy pairing of writer and artist that we can now wish for stories about the sisters of John Henry, Mike Fink and Johnny Appleseed.” —New York Times Book Review
“Both the text and illustrations abound with exaggerated humor . . . a fun-filled read-aloud.” —School Library Journal