Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains

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In this folktale from the Andes, a clever guinea pig repeatedly outsmarts the fox that wants to eat him for dinner.
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In this folktale from the Andes, a clever guinea pig repeatedly outsmarts the fox that wants to eat him for dinner.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Elements of Chicken Little and Breh Rabbit and the Tar Baby can be found in this clever trickster tale from South America. Cuy Guinea Pig is quick to act and always one step ahead of the wily fox whose only desire is to enjoy Cuy as a tasty meal. Cuy resorts to hilarious tricks to outwit fox, from telling fox that the world is ending in a rain of fire, to getting caught by the sticky gum doll in the alfalfa field and convincing fox that if he changes places with him he can marry the farmer's daughter and eat chicken everyday. It is easy to root for this spunky little critter and equally easy to have some sympathy for the hapless fox. Vibrant paintings in muted earth tones with a heavy black outline reflect the flavor of the locale in the Andean dress and the landscape. A source note provides background for the tale and a pronunciation guide helps with the Spanish words scattered throughout the text. In the best folkloric tradition this is a tale filled with charm, and humor. 2004, CarolRhoda Books, Ages 6 to 10.
—Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Cuy, a clever guinea pig, manages to escape three times from a hungry fox. In their final encounter, Cuy, trapped by a sticky doll and tied to a tree by a farmer, talks T'o Antonio into switching places with him. The plot moves along smoothly and is punctuated by humorous dialogue. An author's note includes a simple map of the region, an explanation of a trickster tale, and several sources for the story. A glossary provides a pronunciation guide for the Spanish and Quechua words incorporated into the text. Knutson's boldly outlined, vibrant woodcut-and-watercolor artwork captures the mischievous nature of the guinea pig. Observant children will delight in the visual and cultural details and in the energy of these illustrations. A thoroughly enjoyable tale that deserves a place in most libraries.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
From Anansi the Spider to B'rer Rabbit, trickster tales appear in cultures the world over. Knutson offers a less familiar trickster in the lovable Cuy the Hamster of Peru. The gullible T'o Antonio the Fox is his most constant victim, for the quick-thinking Cuy can ever turn near defeat into smashing victory. He manages to get the fox to hold up a rock to prevent the sky from falling and to hide in a den to await the fiery end of the world. He also fools a farmer into thinking he's a very small field worker so he can eat an endless supply of alfalfa. Even an encounter with a sticky figure a la "Tar Baby" turns into triumph. Using heavy black outline and tones of blues, browns, and yellows, the wood-block illustrations zoom in on the characters and capture all the humor of the zany situations. An all-around laugh-out-loud delight. (Picture book/folktale. 6-10)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2008

    Super Funny

    The title will grab your attention and make you want to open the book, but it is Cuy the guinea pig and his quick wit that will keep you turning the page to see how he will out-fox the fox! Kids will be on the edge of their seat to see if the Tio Antonio, the gullible fox, will finally get Cuy and laugh at his quick thinking for tricking the fox.

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