From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4—Using the tallest of tall-tale language and exaggeration, Miller weaves a bouncing tale of how Davy Crockett and Miss Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind met. Seems Davy got a burr stuck on his pants, and that had him hopping right into a dance in her honor. His leaping and cavorting to dislodge the bothersome sticker made Sally Ann jealous of his dancing prowess. Not one to shy away, she leaped onto the floor with Davy, where they proceeded to outlast all the dancers and fiddlers, and they mashed potatoes, stomped apples into sauce, and created a fine chicken-and-dumpling stew. The result was that the two got hitched. Citing and inspired by earlier books on the legends of Davy Crockett, Miller uses broad strokes to magnify her characters. While the use of antic adjectives ("bodacious," "toothiferous," "voraciferous") is in keeping with the tall-tale tradition, their abundance can be grating at times and slows the story's pace. The busy cartoon oils feature an early American setting and a frolicking cast. This retelling of the courtship of two legendary icons can be enjoyed by younger readers and will be useful for units on tall tales for older students.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
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About the Author
Megan Lloyd has illustrated many fine books for children, including "Too Many Pumpkins" by Linda White and "The Gingerbread Man" by Eric A. Kimmel. For this book she painted in the very old medium of egg tempera to capture the flatter style of nineteenth-century itinerant limners. She lives on a farm in central Pennsylvania with her husband, near where this book was set.
Bobbi Miller has always enjoyed American folklore. Paul Bunyan is one of her favorite folktale characters. She lives in Ashford, Connecticut, where she teaches writing. This is her second book for Holiday House.