Possum Come A-Knockin'

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Illus. in full color. "While Granny is a-rockin' and a-knittin' and Ma's a-cookin' and Pa's a-fixin', that old possum in his top hat and vest just keeps on knocking. The narrator, a redheaded boy, tries to tell family members about the possum, and when the family checks, the possum hides. Should be popular with story-hour groups."?Booklist.

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Illus. in full color. "While Granny is a-rockin' and a-knittin' and Ma's a-cookin' and Pa's a-fixin', that old possum in his top hat and vest just keeps on knocking. The narrator, a redheaded boy, tries to tell family members about the possum, and when the family checks, the possum hides. Should be popular with story-hour groups."—Booklist.

A cumulative tale in verse about a mysterious stranger that interrupts a family's daily routine.

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That rascally possum is the kind of critter that knocks on the door and then hides! Granny is a-rockin' and Ma's a-cookin' taters when that possum comes a-knockin' at the door. That sets Coon-dawg a-growlin' and Tom-cat a-sniffing', but nobody believes the little girl when she says she sees that ol' possum! Van Laan's rollicking rhyme reads like a rap song, and George Booth is at his comic best.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Booth's signature daffy cartoon art highlights this toe-tappin', down-home verse about a mighty disruptive nocturnal caller. Ages 4-8. Sept.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Meet a down home, folksy family in this tale whose routine is disrupted by a pesky, fun-lovin' possum who does the knockin' but disappears each time the door opens. The accumulation of people and rhythmical text make this an ideal theatre piece that will have audiences stompin' and chantin'.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Possum tracks on the end papers lead directly to a pink-eyed, long-tailed possum in top hat and vest, energetically knocking on the door to a house. The indoor activities of the family members are viewed through a window and described in a rhyming, rhythmic, erratically cumulative text. ``Possum come a-knockin' at the door, at the door. Possum come a-knockin' at the door,'' says the girl who narrates. When the child finally convinces everyone to look outside, Possum hides behind a tree; they've all been tricked, and one suspects it may all happen again. Booth's trademark swinging lightbulb and demented dog and cat are here, but they're toned down a bit for the audience, and the addition of watercolor seems to have a calming influence as well. There are some problems: the family activities are stereotyped Pa is hammering, Pappy's whittling, Ma is cooking, Granny's knitting; there may be objections to the use of mountain dialect, and there is an occasional weakness in the text. But children will relish the nonsense of it all and will soon be chanting along. --Leda Schubert, Vermont Department of Education, Montpelier
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394922065
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/1990
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.31 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2004

    Hilarious Downhome Fun

    I enjoy this book as much or more than the children. I have given it to all of my grandchildren and ordered plenty of extra copies for birthday parties. I also found a stuffed toy possum to let the children hold when I read the story to them. The reading is a mite tricky, as you really have to 'practice' the book a few times and get a rhythm going as you read. The children will beg you to read it over and over.I have even read it to groups of teachers who cheered, laughed, clapped and begged me to 'read it again.'

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