Mike Fink, the larger-than-life hero of one of America's favorite tall tales, was the most daring and rugged frontiersman on any American river. A runaway at two days old, Mike eventually grew up to be King of the Keelboatmen--the strong, rowdy men who floated cargo downriver to New Orleans and poled their heavy boats back against the current. But first he became a crackerjack marksman with his gun, Bang All, then grappled with grizzlies, and defeated Jack Carpenter, the reigning Keelboat King, in an epic wrestling match. No man, alligator, or snapping turtle could outdo the mighty Mike Fink-that is, until Hilton P. Blathersby and his powerful smoke-spewing steamboat came along! In zesty prose and exuberant, richly colored pictures, Steven Kellogg captures all the fun and adventure of America's most famous ring-tailed roarer and river wrestler.
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"Kellogg spins an entertaining yarn and illustrates it with verve and humor. Here he dramatizes the life of Mike Fink from the first time he runs away from home (as a spunky two-day-old babe), through the wrestling match that earns him the title King of the Keelboatmen, to that fateful day when Mike pits himself against a steamboat for control of the Mississippi.... Once again, Kellogg captures the drama, wit, and exaggeration of the tall tale in a picture book that's a pleasure to read aloud." --Booklist.About the Author:
Steven Kellogg is the illustrator of over eighty picture books for children, including his own retellings of Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, which School Library Journal declared "one of Kellogg's best books," and Pecos Bill, which Booklist called "a read-aloud treat for the family or classroom."Mr. Kellogg is also the author of Chicken Little, which Booklist said was "one of Kellogg's best efforts to date...a winner every child will like," and Aster Aardvark's Alphabet Adventures, which Kirkus said was "an ingenious alliterative tour-de-farce, perfect accompaniment to the author's zany illustrations.Just try keeping a straight face as you read this aloud."
Steven Kellogg lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
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