Jackrabbit McCabe & the Electric Telegraph (Hardcover)

By Lucy Margaret Rozier

Schwartz & Wade Books, 9780385378437, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 2015



The fastest man in the West meets his match in this deliciously clever original tall tale.With his extra-long legs, Jackrabbit McCabe can outrun anything on the American frontier: horses, trains, and even twisters. So of course, everyone in the town of Windy Flats always counts on his speed when a message has to get out fast. Then something new comes to town: the telegraph, which can send Morse code messages with the speed of electricity. At first, no one believes the newfangled contraption can deliver a message quicker than Jackrabbit. . . . But in a race between man and machine, who will be left in the dust?
An author's note includes information about the invention of the telegraph, a Morse code key, and a riddle written in Morse code for kids to transcribe.
"A strikingly accomplished debut.... A terrific tall tale about the costs and opportunities of technology." "Publishers Weekly," Starred
"Good, quick-moving fun. Kids may marvel that communication existed before the telephone and Internet." "Kirkus Reviews.

About the Author

Lucy Margaret Rozier makes her picture-book debut with "Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph." She grew up folk dancing and drawing in North Carolina and worked for many years as a fine artist and a commercial artist in the Boston area. She has two grown daughters and lives in her native North Carolina with her husband and their dog, Rosie.

Leo Espinosa s illustrations have graced the pages of the "New Yorker, Wired, " "Esquire, " and the "New York Times, " among many other publications. He is also a commercial artist whose work can be seen on toys, games, stationery, and clothing. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, he lives with his family in Salt Lake City. Learn more at studioespinosa.com."