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From the bestselling author of Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days! and the Academy-award-winning creator of Rolie Polie Olie comes the big tall tale about a pint-size hero:
Meet Rhode Island Red, an egg-sized human who's the greatest hero the smallest state of the Union has ever known. You say you've never heard of him? That's because the Paul Bunyans and Pecos Bills had something Rhode Island Red didn't: biographers.
Now Stephen Manes fixes that once and for all with his hilarious tale about a Small Bunyan who proves you don't have to be big to be a hero. Raised in a henhouse by the chickens he calls family, Red speaks their language with only a trace of human accent, he can cock-a-doodle-doo as loud as a thirty-foot rooster, and he just happens to have the most powerful nose in the history of human existence.
High adventure? You bet. Red rescues a scrawny flock of fowl, hornswoggles a crafty pack of foxes, and ventures to the big city with his faithful rooster companion, Big Tom--and that's just the beginning. At long last you get to read all about Red's legendary exploits--and the only grade-A jumbo biography of the biggest little hero who ever lived!
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Cluckworthy praise for Rhode Island Red!
". . . high adventure and rib-tickling hilarity in the best tall-tale tradition . . . a flair for drama, many a colorful turn of phrase and an artful ability to stretch the truth in all directions. This fellow Red thus becomes a worthy heir to Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, and . . . Sid Fleischman's Josh McBroom."
"Move over Pecos Bill and Paul Bunyan: a 'sixteenth-pint human' named Rhode Island Red is jockeying for folk hero recognition. . . . funny . . . this is a tall tale--a very tall tale."
"The story bounces along, effortlessly sustained by an abundance of chicken jokes and size puns. Manes has hatched a tall tale that squawks to be read aloud."
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Grade 4-6 --Manes' fans will cackle over this story of a chick-size hero named Rhode Island Red, a boy born into a chicken family. In the tradition of folk heroes such as Teeny-Tiny and Hop 'o My Thumb, Red is the littler-than-little guy who performs bigger-than-big jobs. The narrative is full of Manes' sometimes weird, sometimes too-obvious humor (you can't win 'em all). Red's neatest joke/accomplishment is to put a chicken in every pot in Providence, RI to win an election. He thinks the job through, gets his chicken kin to go with him, and has them step in every pot brought out in every house in town. In the wacky fantasy line, Manes has a number of titles; this one isn't his strongest, as it's based on punnery taken to the extreme. It almost works. --George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1993. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110064403580