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Purple Coyote Hardcover – May 11, 1999

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From Publishers Weekly

This coyote tale winds down to a one-trick-pony ending. In the middle of the desert Jim meets a purple coyote that does a little dance, balances itself fetchingly on its right foot and howls, "Wululi Wula Wulila Wuwu Wa!" Jim wants to know why the coyote is purple; the coyote says it's a secret, "But you can ask me questions if you want." "Did you eat too many blueberries? Did you catch purple-itis?" the boy asks, to the coyote's "No." The boy becomes impatient at not finding the answers to the creature's purple secret, so turns to another line of questioning: "Why do you do that dance and why you [sic] howl in that funny way?" he asks. The coyote tells Jim that's the second secret, and when Jim does the coyote's dance, Jim himself turns purple, and the coyote returns to its natural color. At story's end, purple Jim tries the coyote's trick on a raccoon that wanders by. "Do you want to find out why [I'm purple]?" he asks. The raccoon's emphatic "No," abruptly ends the book. Most trickster tales feature the hero learning a trick or two himself; but here, unfortunately, when readers see the high price Jim pays for his curiosity, they may infer that being curious or asking good questions are to be avoided. Rochette's simple watercolors feature a cartoon-like, bushy-tailed coyote whose crafty expressions are in humorous contrast to earnest Jim in his red baseball cap. All ages. (June)
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PreSchool-Grade 2-Jim meets a purple coyote on a hill near his house. The animal performs a strange little dance, balances on his front paw, and howls each time they meet, but he refuses to tell the curious child why he does the dance or why his fur is purple. The coyote's secret is revealed when the boy finally loses patience and performs his own version of the dance. Jim instantly turns purple, while the satisfied coyote returns to his natural color. A nice twist at the end shows a raccoon approaching the purple boy, but who wisely refuses to fall into the trap of curiosity. The odd desert setting lends a mystical air to the story. Short sentences and an understated tone add to the feeling that something strange is going on here. The acrylic paintings are playful and engaging. The boy's red hat and the coyote's purple fur stand out boldly against the yellow desert and blue sky. One thread seems out of place in an otherwise tightly knit narrative. A red toy truck is mentioned early in the story. It loses one wheel, then another, but doesn't reappear after that. The sparse text implies that the toy must have some significance, but it never materializes in any clear way. Still, this quirky tale is generally satisfying and original, and the revelation of the coyote's trick makes a pleasingly surprising conclusion.
Steven Engelfried, Deschutes County Library, Bend, OR
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers; 1st American ed edition (May 11, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385326645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385326643
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,403,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hawkmoon on September 20, 2011
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Don't read the publisher's reviews, just go check this out at your local library and decide for yourself! I grabbed it from the shelf because of the title (we were in the "C" section and the kids were ready to go...). Well, we had so much fun reading it aloud that we had to read it again, immediately. We just introduced Dad to the story tonight and even he laughed out loud! I'm pretty sure there will be WULY WULY WULAhs (Coyote's howls) in our extended future, and a heck of a lot of joy from the ending. I'm back here at Amazon to get my own copy! Thanks for the fun, Cornette!
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