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Davy Crockett Saves the World


What will happen when the great Davy Crockett comes head to head with Halley's Comet?

It's the
ball of fire ire
that EVER lit
up the heavens!

(And why does Davy Crockett
wear a coonskin ...

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What will happen when the great Davy Crockett comes head to head with Halley's Comet?

It's the
ball of fire ire
that EVER lit
up the heavens!

(And why does Davy Crockett
wear a coonskin cap anyway?)

Rosalyn Schanzer peppers her telling with flavorful exaggerations, flamboyantly regaling readers with a larger-than-life drama played out in pictures bursting with color, humor, action, and detail.

Davy Crockett stops the evil Halley's Comet from destroying the world and wins the heart of Sally Sugartree in the process.

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Publishers Weekly
Schanzer (Gold Fever!) raids the annals of American history once again, emerging with a feisty tall tale inspired by the Davy Crockett almanacs published in the 19th century. Assuring readers that "every single word is true, unless it is false," she spins a rollicking yarn of how Crockett (who could "whip ten times his weight in wildcats and drink the Mississippi River dry") saves the world from a disastrous collision with Halley's Comet. Deep in the woods with his pet bear, Death Hug, Crockett is bent on wooing "purty" Sally Sugartree, unaware that the president has advertised for his help to reign in the comet. Once Crockett finds out he's needed, he's off "like a high-powered hurrycane," climbing to the top of a high mountain and leaping onto the comet. In the end, a triumphant Crockett gets both the girl and his coonskin cap (to cover what's left of his comet-singed hair). Schanzer's lickety-split pace and picaresque prose are equal parts swagger and sass, and her vibrant, color-drenched paintings extend the spirited tone. Careful attention to comic detail and visual echoes of the genre's hallmark exaggeration (Crockett, for instance, has the chiseled-jaw and popping muscles of a Disney hero) frame this zesty slice of Americana admirably. Ages 6-12. (Aug.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
There was a real frontiersman named Davy Crockett, but the legends that he inspired went far beyond the facts. Here, Davy saves the world when Halley's Comet is aiming right at it. Although he is really only interested in impressing Sally Sugartree, he answers the call of the president and tackles that whirlwind comet, finally hurling it off, to the acclaim of the public and Sally. The humor of the down-home telling is matched by the cartoon-y feeling of the color illustrations done in the style of some animated films. Davy's muscles bulge, Sally is all blonde curls and gingham, his pet black bear sports sharp claws, and the other incidental animals all add their comic touches. Most scenes are double pages, barely large enough to hold the superhero's adventures. There are notes about both the real Davy and the legends about him. 2001, HarperCollins, $16.95. Ages 5 to 9. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-The legend of this backwoods hero has resonated with generations of American children. Schanzer has based her tale on a story published in one of the small paperback Davy Crockett almanacs that became popular after Crockett was elected to Congress. She relates how the President calls upon Davy Crockett, through an ad in the newspaper, to destroy Halley's Comet before the fiery mass hits Earth. Unfortunately, Crockett is too busy practicing dance steps in an attempt to woo Sally Sugartree to read the newspaper, but when the apple of his eye sees the ad, they rush to Washington. The climax of the story is the hero's battle with the comet and, true to his tall-tale image, he saves the planet. Full- and double-page frolicsome illustrations feature bold colors and cartoon characters that underline the humor of the story. They depict the comet as a terrifying monster with awesome powers, but one that is eventually deflated by Crockett's strength. Even libraries with several tall tales on their shelves will appreciate this fresh look at a legendary character.-Barbara Buckley, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Vowing that "every single word is true, unless it is false," Schanzer ("Escaping to America", 2000, etc.) relates an American hero's greatest feat. Called from the backwoods to save the world, Davy takes on Halley's comet itself, battling the onrushing juggernaut over land and sea, and sending it hurtling back the way it came, tail (figuratively) between its legs. Using one-fourth of each two-paged spread for text, Schanzer fills the rest with softly colored figures who turn robust as the battle begins. Depicted as a clean-shaven, strong-jawed, Rambo-esque figure in form-fitting buckskins, Davy cuts a truly admirable figure; likewise, the Earthbound comet, with its glaring red eyes and sharklike teeth, makes a suitably ferocious-looking adversary. Stopping short of caricature, these folksy critters suit the aw-shucks language perfectly in this original tale. Davy does such a fine job that he wins a seat in Congress, plus the hand of apple-cheeked Sally Sugartree-whose own dustups get an equally vigorous recap in Steven Kellogg's "Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett "(1995), a natural companion piece. (author's note) "(Tall tale/picture book. 7-9)"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688169916
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)

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