The Lovesick Skunk: On the Streets of New York Only One Color Matters (Hardcover)

On the Streets of New York Only One Color Matters

By Joe Hayes

Cinco Puntos Press, 9781933693811, 32pp.

Publication Date: November 9, 2010



Joe Hayes must have had a singular growing up in the Arizona desert because he sure loves to write stories about it. And he tells those stories of his so much to audiences all over the United States that it seems like the stories just get more and more fantastic. I bet you've already heard the first tall tale he wrote--The Gum-Chewing Rattler--about a rattlesnake who chewed bubblegum. Yes, it's true. That scary snake even blew huuuuuge bubbles.

Now Joe has written a new story about his early years in Arizona. Joe, the kid, was a creature of habit. If he decided he liked to do something, he would do it over and over again. Like wear the same T-shirt until it nearly fell apart or use the same pencil until he'd sharpened it down to a nub. He also had a pair of black-and-white high-top sneakers that he loved to wear. He wore them every day. "Get rid of those shoes," his mother told him one morning. "They smell terrible "

Did Joe listen? Not until he met the back end of a skunk.

And this wasn't just an ordinary skunk, but one who was lovesick.

But I'm not going to tell you who she was in love with. You'll have to find that out for yourself.

Joe Hayes is one of America's premier storytellers, a nationally recognized teller of tales--true and tall--from the Hispanic, Native American, and Anglo cultures of the American Southwest.

Praise For The Lovesick Skunk: On the Streets of New York Only One Color Matters

"Move over Pepé Le Pew: A pair of black-and-white high-top sneakers become the love interest of a skunk— much to the chagrin of the boy who's wearing them."—Los Angeles Times

"Joe Hayes’s books are always delightful, perhaps because, as I read them, I can almost hear the warm, inviting voice of this professional raconteur This story celebrates the best of childhood: playful adventures, best friends, and unlikely tales that parents just never understand." —New Mexico Magazine