Publishers Weekly - Publishers WeeklyA Scottish folktale inspires this cumbersome picture book about the convoluted method one boy chooses to settle a dispute. Boys Pirican Pic and Pirican Mor team up to gather walnuts from a nearby tree, but things quickly go awry. Pirican Mor climbs up and tosses the nuts down to his partner. He then discovers, upon his descent, that Pirican Pic has gobbled up all the sweet nutmeats. An angry Pirican Mor vows to "find a stick and whack and thwack you for that." The search for a stick grows complicated: the tree demands, "First you must find an axe with which to cut me," the axe requires a sharpening stone, etc. When Pirican Mor finally returns to the scene of the crime, he finds a pile of walnuts waiting for him. Lupton's (The Story Tree) cumulative refrain may pay homage to a storytelling tradition ("I need an axe of heavy weight,/ To cut the stick both hard and straight/ To whack and thwack poor Pirican Pic/ Who ate all of my walnuts!"), but in this case it proves tedious. Young readers may puzzle through some of the plot turns, including the need to rub butter into a dog's feet. Heo's (Henry's First Moon Birthday) kicky oil compositions depict a busy rustic setting, from barnyards teeming with crops and livestock to the checkered interior of a farmhouse, but they fail to buoy this leaden outing. Ages 6-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's LiteraturePirican Pic has eaten all the walnuts that he and Pirican Mor had agreed to share. Pirican Mor sets off to find a stick to whack and thwack Pirican Pic for his greediness. This retelling of a cumulative Scottish folktale features lively illustrations with a variety of typesets to match the search for all of the items needed to get the stick. By the time Pirican Mor has found the stick, the axe and the sharpening stone, with the reluctant help of a stag, a dog, a mouse, a cow, and a baker, Pirican Pic has replaced the walnuts and there is no need for revenge. Young children will delight in joining in with the repeating phrases as they discover the details of the colorful, bouncy pictures. 2003, Barefoot Books,
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2-Based on an unidentified Scottish cumulative folktale, this title revolves around Pirican Mor's desire to find "a stick both hard and straight/To whack and thwack poor Pirican Pic," who has eaten all of the boy's walnuts. As such, the tale is reminiscent of the English variant, "The Old Woman and Her Pig." If the threatened violence does not put readers off, they'll probably enjoy joining in as the ever-growing list of requirements is repeated. All ends peaceably, as it happens, because by the time Pirican Mor procures the stick, Pirican Pic has disappeared, leaving a pile of freshly shelled nuts to soothe his friend's angry spirits and empty stomach. Heo's stylized oil paintings use wildly out-of-kilter perspective and an idiosyncratic depiction of animals and humans to achieve a jaunty, humorous tone. The result is totally in tune with the skewed logic of the text.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
- Barefoot Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 11.30(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 6 - 8 Years
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