Mule Eggs

Mule Eggs

by Cynthia DeFelice, Mike Shenon

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A city slicker moves to the country and makes a jackass of an unkind farmer who has tricked him out of buying a mule in this goofy picture book. Knowing he'll need a mule to work his new farm, Patrick heads to market. A mean-spirited fellow sells the nave Patrick a pumpkin, assuring him that it is a big, orange ``mule egg'' that will hatch a fine animal any day. Patrick goes so far as to sit on his ``egg,'' but to no avail. When he finally realizes his mistake, Patrick devises a way to give the smooth-talking pumpkin-grower a taste of his own medicine. DeFelice's (The Dancing Skeleton) prank-filled tale is bound to get young readers laughing. Although Patrick's initial stupidity is hard to credit, the author's smooth storytelling propels her audience past the point of disbelief. Thickly textured pastels by Shenon (Burgoo Stew) keep the mood light and the action lively. Ages 4-7. (Sept.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Through a simple narrative and ample dialogue, DeFelice develops a new twist on a familiar comic theme in folklore. A newcomer-in this case a naive city slicker-mistakes his neighbor's field of pumpkins for apples on his way to town to buy a mule. The shrewd farmer convinces him that the orange orbs are really mule eggs, sells him one, and says ``'ll have to sit on it, of course, just like a mama mule.'' Not surprisingly, greed is the motivation that drives the story forward and then back again as the man realizes he's been taken for a fool. In the end, he names his two new mules ``Tit for Tat'' and ``That's That.'' This book is tailor-made for reading to a group-the pages and type are large, and it offers many opportunities to play with accents and voices. Shenon's well-defined oil-pastel illustrations employ basic expressions and a minimum of detail. At times the artist's color choices are bold, e.g., red trees in the background and the farmer's very pink face. The overall effect is somewhat primitive, a look that blends well with the story. Anne Rockwell's The Gollywhopper Egg (Macmillan, 1974; o.p.) is a similar tale, but it wouldn't hurt to have another knee-slapping version.-Lee Bock, Brown County Public Libraries, Green Bay, WI

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Scholastic, Inc.
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4 - 7 Years

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