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Epossumondas is the silliest, most lovable possum south of the Mason-Dixon line. In his fourth book, will he still be his mama's sweet little patootie if he heads into the swamp, just where Mama told him not to go? After all, the swamp is home to the fearsome and legendary loup-garou! Epossumondas isn't a naughty possum, but he sure is forgetful, and into the swamp he goes. There he meets all manner of scary creatures--but are any of them the loup-garou? And will he ever make it home to Mama? Maybe he will, as long as he remembers to do what possums do best: play possum.



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Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 4—In this series, a diapered possum child with a human mama reenacts Southern folktales with flair and gusto. Here, Mama warns the little guy to stay out of the swamp, where the scary loup-garou awaits. Distracted by a pretty butterfly, Epossumondas enters the swamp anyway. He never meets the werewolf, but he encounters one dangerous predator after another. Luckily, instinct kicks in and he plays possum, thus being rejected by creatures who "don't eat no dead meat." When a carcass-eating buzzard comes along, Epossumondas is saved by his own ticklishness—the horrified bird drops him, crying "I never, ever eat no live meat!" The folksy text lives and breathes like a storytelling performance. Epossumondas and his mama have so much character that this unlikely family is quite believable. The sketchy, mixed-media illustrations convey the humor of the antics while providing a fairly realistic depiction of Louisiana swampland and its inhabitants. As always, Stevens has portrayed Epossumondas's mama as a Salley double, bringing the storyteller into her own tale. Funny, scary, and clever, this story has everything it needs for broad kid appeal.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL END
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (October 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152064206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152064204
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Coleen Salley built a worldwide reputation as a storyteller, children's literature expert, and raconteur. She enthralled parents and their children with her heart-stirring and exuberant renditions of favorite books and stories. Professor Emerita Coleen Salley taught children's literature and storytelling for thirty years at the University of New Orleans, and was a visiting professor at Simmons College in Boston, the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, the University of Denver, George Peabody College in Nashville, and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She made hundreds of professional presentations and appearances at more than twenty national conferences, including sessions with the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, and the American Booksellers Association.

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Ms. Salley grew up hearing the old tale "Epaminondas," which became her trademark story. Her new adaptation appeared in print for the first time as Epossumondas (Harcourt, 2002). Winner of several awards for distinguished professional accomplishments, Coleen spent much of her life in the French Quarter in New Orleans--where she was known as Queen Coleen, a colorful character of Mardi Gras.

Ms. Salley and award-winning illustrator Janet Stevens were friends for many years. Ms. Stevens used Ms. Salley as the model for the intrepid grocery shopper in To Market, To Market, written by Anne Miranda. Ms. Salley's likeness also graces the pages of all four books featuring Epossumondas.

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Mama and Epossumondas sat on the porch "sipping sweet tea and chitchatting about this and that." Mama was all smiles and looked very lovely with her flowery dress, her lavender glasses and trademark yellow hat with the fake rose on it. Epossumondas, who had on a clean diaper with blue pins in it, was asking his mama why he couldn't go into the swamp when a butterfly could. Mama lovingly looked at him and said, "Land sakes, sugar pie, the swamp is scary and dangerous!" It was no place for little possums and she made it perfectly clear that the loup-garou might just get him. It had a nasty hiss, a LOUD snort and "big ugly claws." Nope, the swamp was no place for him.

Mama slipped inside to fix lunch and Epossumondas was so absorbed in following a pretty blue butterfly he forgot all about her warnings. It wasn't that he was inclined to disobey her, it was simply that he was just a "forgetful possum" and "plumb forgot all about the loup-garou." He chased that butterfly this way and a that a way and soon found himself lost in the swamp. He came up against a snarling critter, a nasty old hissing critter and a snorting one, but he had enough sense to flop down, "eyes shut, perfectly still -- just like a good possum should." Rrrrrrrrrr! Ssssss! Snort! Fortunately they all claimed, "I don't eat no dead meat." Was Epossumondas going to be eaten by the loup-garou before his mama found him?

Of course Mama just happens to look a lot like the magnanimous Coleen Salley herself, a fact that would be the ultimate form of flattery for anyone. This story is resplendently illustrated and the tale is hysterically fun. I loved it when Epossumondas's little toes went up in the air and he plopped himself on his back. If you have a little, forgetful Epossumondas in your house who never really listens to what you have to say, he or she might learn a lesson from a little possum who didn't listen to his mama!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john kierig on September 17, 2009
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I now teach seventh- and eighth-graders with special needs, and they've fallen hard for the cute little patootie Epossumondas. (Maybe they identify.)
Anyway, we've read the first three over and over, and when I told them another was on its way, they were all excited.
It just arrived yesterday, and I read it to them today. Tthey loved it. Imagine all our disappoinment and sorrow to hear that the author, Colleen Salley, recently died.
I guess we'll just have to make do with the ones we have. And maybe make up some of our own!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By growinemgreen on November 9, 2009
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we have a little warm spot in our hearts for miss salley and epossumondas. our now 5 year old fell in love with them when she was 2. we have all of miss salley's books and they're well warn and well loved. this book is easy for parents to read and doesn't seem to ever get old. it's in regular rotation for bedtime stories. i cannot say enough good things about all of miss salley's books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Walk on October 19, 2009
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The late, great Coleen Salley saved her very best Epossimondas book for last. Janet Stevens' characters are large and endearing as always and Salley's prose is liltingly beautiful.
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If you enjoy children's books, I highly recommend this book without any reservations. My whole family - kids and parents - absolutely LOVE this book! It is just too funny and always makes us all laugh every time we read it. This book will put a smile on your face no matter what kind of day you are having. And, the illustrations only add to the story. I loved it so much, I have given it as a gift, too. I have not read any other reviews for it, but I can almost guarantee there is someone who has complained (or will complain) that there is incorrect grammar in the book. Yes, there is as a matter of fact. However, that is absolutely part of its charm and it has not - nor will it - cause my children to speak incorrectly.
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By anthony on July 14, 2014
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Such a great book and am glad to finally have it in my collection thanks
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I have several of the Epossumondas books and love him and the writing. I really was first attracted to them because the illustrations are so beautiful and then I noticed his mama looks just like my old Aunt C. How cute! Be careful though, this one may be a bit scary for the 5 year old group.
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By NY rat on May 13, 2014
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Great artwork!!! 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. These patootie books make me smile!
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