Jake Johnson: The Story of A Mule

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Farmer Puckett's custom of hauling a wagonload of fireworks to the fairgrounds for the Independence Day Social is endangered when his stubborn new mule named Jake Johnson refuses to move. The battle of will and wits is sure to have young children roaring--and suitably in awe at the raucous, funny fireworks finale. Full color.

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Farmer Puckett's custom of hauling a wagonload of fireworks to the fairgrounds for the Independence Day Social is endangered when his stubborn new mule named Jake Johnson refuses to move. The battle of will and wits is sure to have young children roaring--and suitably in awe at the raucous, funny fireworks finale. Full color.

Farmer Puckett's custom of hauling a wagonload of fireworks to the fairgrounds for the Independence Day Social is endangered when his stubborn new mule Jake Johnson refuses to move.

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Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
A contest of wills forms the basis for this newly invented tall tale about a hugely stubborn mule and an equally intransigent farm wife. Mrs. Puckett wants to go to town for the July 4th fireworks, but peculiarly named Jake Johnson, an enormous mule, simply won't budge. Readers will anticipate a bang-up ending to this story, and they get it, along with lots of chuckles and wonderfully comic illustrations of the pop-eyed Mr. and Mrs. Puckett and their equally round-eyed mule.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Another of Seymour's stories about an ornery barnyard animal. However, while the protagonist in Hunting the White Cow (Orchard, 1993) remains elusive, everybody knows exactly where this "hu-mon-gous" critter is: sitting on his butt in Farmer Puckett's yard. The stubborn mule's braying for food is loud enough to send Mrs. Puckett's dishes flying from the shelves. Her scheme to get Jake to pull their wagon loaded with fireworks to the Independence Day Social literally backfires, which consternates the Pucketts, entertains the townsfolk, and relocates the mythically indolent mule to the courthouse lawn. Carrington's bright, acrylic paintings are hilarious, from the American Gothic parody on the cover (with Jake, of course, monopolizing the foreground) to the inventive permutations of the buck-toothed, wide-eyed, lip-licking, sedentary mule. A light read-aloud treat, just right for the tail end of the school year.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
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Seymour (Our Neighbor Is a Strange, Strange Man, p. 71, etc.) tells an enchanting story about a battle of wills between Farmer Puckett's wife and Jake Johnson, the new mule that Farmer Puckett bought to pull his wagon of fireworks to the town's Independence Day social. "Trouble was, when Jake Johnson got to Farmer Puckett's yard, the mule liked the place so much he sat down. And he would not get up." Mrs. Puckett declares that the mule will move if he gets hungry enough, but she's wrong; a month later, as the Fourth of July approaches, Farmer Puckett is getting nervous, knowing that no one in town will ask him to hire the fireworks again if he fails this time. A fire under the mule forces Jake Johnson to move just a little, leaving the fireworks over the flame, and resulting in the best display the town has ever seen. It's a mischievous tale, if readers can get past the mistreatment of animal, humans, and property that is part of most scenes. Take it as a tall tale, and watch the fireworks fly. (Picture book. 6-9) .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789425638
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.23 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2002

    My son's favorite

    Jake Johnson has come to our house nearly 10 times in the past year. My 7 year old son brings him home from the school library as often as he can. I enjoy reading it to him with exaggerated accents and loud mule braying ( Heeeaaawww)to spice it up. Maybe my son just likes to see me make a fool of myself. We have a great time with this one! Enjoy it for yourself with your child!

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