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The Legend of Slappy Hooper: An American Tall Tale Hardcover – September 30, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; 1st edition (September 30, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684195356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684195353
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,161,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Shepard imposes his own style and adds several episodes to an American tall tale, which originally appeared in print as part of a WPA-sponsored collection. Slappy Hooper, "the world's biggest, fastest, bestest sign painter," has an oversize problem: the signs he creates are too darn lifelike. His picture of a rose attracts bees, while a sign featuring a hot summer sun melts snow. One catastrophe follows another, until Slappy paints himself out of a job. On the verge of chucking his paint kit into the river, the despairing hero is approached--in a rather saccharine plot twist--by Michael, from the Heavenly Sign Company, and hired to paint the world's sunrises and sunsets. Busy drawings, peopled with cartoonish look-alike figures (Slappy and Michael seem to be the same man in different costumes) add little zest to this overly cute story. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

A tale collected by the WPA's Federal Writers' Project, admired by Carl Sandburg as ``a fresh modern masterpiece,'' and now reinterpreted by a ``story performer'' (The Legend of Lightning Larry, p. 306). The aptly named Slappy is a Bunyan- style prodigy of a sign painter: his pictures are so lifelike that roses wilt, an eagle flies away, and a billboard depicting a beach for the ``Sunshine Travel Agency'' decimates trade by attracting sunbathers right in town. Irate customers give up hiring the hapless Slappy, but when ``the Boss'' sends a winged, paint-spattered messenger to draft him for rainbows and sunsets, His standards suit the overcapable painter to a T: ``If it isn't too good, it's not good enough!'' Goffe's freewheeling cartoons perfectly complement this well-told, amiably satirical tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-9) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

More About the Author

Aaron Shepard is the award-winning author of numerous children's books, as well as books on reader's theater, children's writing, and publishing. He lives with his wife and fellow author, Anne L. Watson, in Friday Harbor, Washington.

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