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"Queen Coleen" (as Salley sometimes goes in her native New Orleans) tells her story in slow, old-South cadence, repeating a cycle where Epossumondas visits his auntie "most every day" and receives something to take home to his mama's. His gifts, however, never seem to arrive intact: After Epossumondas arrives home with a piece of cake that's been squinched into a fistful of crumbs, his mama scolds, "Oh, Epossumondas, you don't have the sense you were born with! That's no way to carry cake! The way to carry cake is to put the cake on your head, put a hat on your head, and come along home." But the next day, Auntie gives him butter, which then gets carried home cake-style (on his head). The next day, he gets "a sweet little puppy," which then gets carried home butter-style (wrapped in leaves and cooled in a brook), etc.
Caldecott Honor-winner Janet Stevens has obvious fun capturing Epossumondas's ridiculous errands in watercolor and colored pencil, especially as other bayou animals look on in puzzlement. But Steven's biggest coup has to be conveying the story's subtle secret--that Epossumondas might not be as dumb as he looks. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes
My 8-month-old already loves this book. It's hilarious and fantastic. We read it every night while my daughter holds her Epossumondas stuffed animal and she just loves it. So do I.Published 2 months ago by slightlysmall
My grandson asks for this book every time he visits, although last time read it he commented," I really think his mama's kind of mean! Read morePublished 7 months ago by bookfan63
This is the first book in the Epossumondas series. I find possums very endearing. Their little hands look very human like. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Carole Dyer
This creature will steal your heart! I really enjoy the way Salley writes, how she uses unusual words in the story....it's such a treat. Makes me smile. Just lovelyPublished 11 months ago by NY rat
I read this to my two grandsons, ages 3 and 5 and they were quick to pick up on the foolish things that Epossumondas does as he carries items home from his auntie's house.Published 11 months ago by Mary Cameron