Paul Bunyan vs. Hals Halson: The Giant Lumberjack Challenge!by Teresa Bateman
As we all know, Paul Bunyan was born big and kept on growing. As a boy, sometimes it was hard not having someone his own size around. As an adult, it was hard to make friends, too, and even with the company of his pet ox, Babe, Paul was sometimes lonely. When Hals Halson, another giant of a man, challenges Paul to a fight to determine the best lumberjack, Paul wins the day . . . and a new friend!
“The graphically manipulated art is in full color, portraying tall trees and dense forests as well as these two giants—only partially contained in some spreads.” —School Library Journal “The rustic, rough-hewn illustrations are bold, with a sculpted look that plays up the combatants’ brawn and their outsized proportions; Babe is a vibrant, glowing blue.” —Kirkus Reviews “This refreshing title focuses . . . on the towering lumberjack’s feelings, especially his loneliness. . . . Bateman’s simple, smooth text has fun with the inherently faulty credibility of tall-tale narrators. . . . Canga’s slickly textured, digital compositions find the humor in Paul’s and Hals’ outsize proportions. . . . A whimsical addition to both tall-tale and character-education units.” —Booklist “The illustrations spill off each page. This book could be used with unit topics on friendship and teamwork.” —Library Media Connection
Teresa Bateman is the author of many books for children, including Paul Bunyan vs. Hals Halson: The Giant Lumberjack Challenge!, The Bully Blockers Club, and April Foolishness. She is a children’s librarian and lives in Washington State. C. B. Canga received his BFA in illustration from the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, where he is now a drawing instructor. He lives in California with his wife, Robyn, and two children.
Step aside, Paul Bunyan, Hals Halson has come to challenge you as the "greatest lumberjack in North America." When Paul suggests that instead of fighting they work as a team, Hals responds by attacking, first trying to wrestle ("That tickles," Paul says), then kicking him, then throwing him over his shoulder and finally charging headfirst into Paul's stomach—and the impact is so strong that all the trees for five miles lose their leaves. Every time Hals tries to harm him, Paul brushes his efforts aside. In the end, Paul waits for him to revive and hands him some fresh biscuits. Hals groans and stands up, "How'd you like to hire the SECOND best lumberjack in North America?" And so a "tall" tale of a strange friendship is born. The rustic, rough-hewn illustrations are bold, with a sculpted look that plays up the combatants' brawn and their outsized proportions; Babe is a vibrant, glowing blue. The author's note refers to the growth of Paul Bunyan tales but makes no mention of her source for Hals Halson, who is a far-flung character not found in most children's books about Bunyan, if any. That probably won't matter to kids, who will assume he's made-up, just like Paul.(Picture book. 5-8)
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C. B. Canga received his BFA in illustration from the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, where he is now a drawing instructor. He lives in California with his wife, Robyn, and two children.
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