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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
A magazine writer gets lost in the wilds of Rhode Island but finds a story nonetheless--that of Rhode Island Red, a literal bantamweight who hatched from a hen's egg, grew older but never up, who can "lick a fellow twenty times his size before breakfast and then rassle bears till lunch." Red's exploits--putting a pack of crafty foxes in their places; helping a politician deliver "two chickens in every pot" without betraying his heritage--provide high adventure and rib-tickling hilarity in the best tall-tale tradition. Manes's narrator--a garrulous farmer who has the journalist's ear and won't let go--possesses 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, more recently, Sid Fleischman's Josh McBroom. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 8-12.
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Book Description Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1990. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0397323484
Book Description Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1990. Library Binding. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110397323484