Publication Date: April 12, 2005
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Tres Seymour's lively story is humorously brought to life by Cat Bowman Smith's down-home illustrations.
"Whee-oo!" When Aunt Lou hears there's a county auction coming up, she can't contain her excitement (as her young niece observes). But when she and the family arrive at the auction site, Aunt Lou comes face to face with her long-standing rival, Miss Logsdon. One look makes clear that these ladies can't stand to lose to each other, even when bidding on such dubious treasures as old china, a stuffed groundhog, or a zinc tub. Aunt Lou's niece has her eye on a straw hat — the spitting image of Daddy's — which fits her better than her own hair. But can anyone outbid Aunt Lou and Miss Logsdon when they get going?
Tres Seymour was born in Kentucky and spent his childhood in Tennessee. He is a prolific author of books for young readers, including JAKE JOHNSON: THE STORY OF A MULE, illustrated by Martha Gray Carrington; OUR NEIGHBOR IS A STRANGE, STRANGE MAN, illustrated by Walter Lyon Krudop; HUNTING THE WHITE COW, illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin; and WE PLAYED MARBLES, illustrated by Dan Andreasen. He now lives in Kentucky and works as a National Park Service ranger at Mammoth Cave National Park. This is his first book with Candlewick Press.
Cat Bowman Smith is the illustrator of many books for young readers, such as THE ROSIE STORIES by Cynthia Voigt, OLD GRANNY AND THE BEAN THIEF by Cynthia DeFelice, and THE TROUBLE WITH CATS and THE TROUBLE WITH BABIES by Martha Freeman. This is her first book with Candlewick Press.