Plucking a green gourd before it is ripe, a North Carolina woman finds herself pursued over mountains and through rivers and valleys by the gourd and she must rely on the smarts of a little boy to help her.
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This gleeful picture book marks the debut of both author and illustrator. An old woman is forced to run for her life when she breaks a local taboo: "Never pull a green gourd afore it's ripe, or it'll witch ye sure." She plucks one, however, and it takes off after her--animated with a Satanic frenzy. In colloquial, down-home argot Hunter recounts the woman's pursuit by--and escape from--the maniacal vegetable. "A witchy green gourd's on my heels, and it's goin' to fumpstet me sure!" cries the woman, running for cover with the gourd in hot pursuit. Griego's cartoony illustrations give the book a Disney look; they are most effective when portraying the gourd itself, which whizzes through the air, hell-bent on destruction. The atmospheric tale ends a bit too abruptly, however, when a neighbor boy vanquishes the gourd simply by sitting on it and squashing it. Thanks to Hunter's artful telling, we have come to expect the vindictive vegetable to put up more of a fight. Ages 4-8.
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``Never pull a green gourd afore it's ripe, or it'll witch ye sure.'' The old woman knows this bit of lore, but since she's lost her only dipper in the rushing stream where she gets water, she risks picking one. Set out to dry, the feisty gourd starts running amok: it ``fumps'' the woman on the head and discombobulates a panther and a fox before a small (but ``spry'') boy manages to squash it flat. Hunter's perky down-home version of a tale credited to a 19th-century collector (a Native American parallel is also cited) makes a grand readaloud. Griego debuts with satisfyingly funny illustrations, the gourd surrounded with cartoony stars, skull, etc., denoting its wicked ways and the stylized settings and figures bursting with energy. A real, well- paced story; good fun. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Putnam Juvenile A Whitebird Book, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0399222782
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