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Newfangled Tailypo Tale: A Tall Tale

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When Kennie Ray and his dog Fang, the fiercest chihuahua found anywhere in Texas, are home alone one night, they hear a strange sound--scritch, scritch, scritch. The sound gets closer and closer! Then they see a horrible beast with two sharp, furry ears, slanted yellow eyes like a cat, a pointy nose like a rat and sharp teeth like a lion. Fang goes right after that monster, and Kennie Ray isn't far behind him. Together, the two of them manage to drive the intruder right out the window. But something is left ...
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When Kennie Ray and his dog Fang, the fiercest chihuahua found anywhere in Texas, are home alone one night, they hear a strange sound--scritch, scritch, scritch. The sound gets closer and closer! Then they see a horrible beast with two sharp, furry ears, slanted yellow eyes like a cat, a pointy nose like a rat and sharp teeth like a lion. Fang goes right after that monster, and Kennie Ray isn't far behind him. Together, the two of them manage to drive the intruder right out the window. But something is left behind--its tail. Now it's back, whispering and demanding its 'tailypo.' And by hook or by crook, that monster means to get it!

On a farm in the Texas Hill Country, a young boy confronts a strange critter that tries to steal his family's last meal.

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Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Tailypo is a new version of child-loved spooky tale with wonderful repetition and sounds that make it fun to share. Meaderis gives the story a Texas setting and adds humor in her version about Kennie Ray, a young Texan who owns Fang, the fiercest Chihuahua in the state. Together they capture the tail of a beast he's haunted night after night.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-This version of a favorite traditional ghost story is given a new setting, rural Texas, and an expanded story line. Young Kennie Ray and his guard dog, a Chihuahua named Fang, are threatened by the horrific swamp creature that invades their small farmhouse while the boy's parents are working the cotton fields. Coveting the family's meager meal of greens, the creature is chased off by Fang, leaving its tail in the dog's teeth. Kennie Ray cashes in this furry prize and with the profits buys enough provisions to last for months. Inevitably, the angry monster returns, determined to retrieve his "tailypo," and traps Fang in a cooking pot. The boy manages to frighten off the beast, apparently for good, simply by yelling at it. He rescues the dog and the final spread shows the family enjoying an ample meal together. Reminiscent of Molly Bang's Wiley & the Hairy Man (Macmillan, 1976) and Robert San Souci's The Hobyahs (Doubleday, 1994), this story includes moments of humor that counterbalance the scary details. These shifts in tone do not always work, however, and younger audiences listening to this lengthy tale might become restless. The vivid watercolor illustrations, lively and detailed, move the narrative along at a brisk pace. Much of the menace of earlier retellings, such as the collaboration by Joanna and Paul Galdone (Clarion, 1984), is sacrificed. To satisfy young listeners who want to be "really scared," buy another copy of the Galdone version.-Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823412495
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 11.29 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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Angela Medearis
Angela Medearis
Angela Shelf Medearis, author of The African American Kitchen, is the founder of Diva Productions, Inc., the organization that produces her multicultural children's books, cookbooks, videos, and audiocassettes.
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