From the bestselling author of BE A PERFECT PERSON IN JUST THREE DAYS! and the Academy-award-winning creator of ROLIE POLIE OLIE comes this big tall tale about a pint-size hero:
Meet Rhode Island Red, an egg-sized human who's the greatest hero the smallest state of the Union has ever known. You say you've never heard of him? That's because the Paul Bunyans and Pecos Bills had something Rhode Island Red didn't: biographers.
Now Stephen Manes fixes that once and for all with his hilarious tale about a Small Bunyan who proves you don't have to be big to be a hero. Raised in a henhouse by the chickens he calls family, Red speaks their language with only a trace of human accent, he can cock-a-doodle-doo as loud as a thirty-foot rooster, and he just happens to have the most powerful nose in the history of human existence.
High adventure? You bet. Red rescues a scrawny flock of fowl, hornswoggles a crafty pack of foxes, and ventures to the big city with his faithful rooster companion, Big Tom--and that's just the beginning. At long last you get to read all about Red's legendary exploits--and the only grade-A jumbo biography of the biggest little hero who ever lived!
". . . high adventure and rib-tickling hilarity in the best tall-tale tradition . . . a flair for drama, many a colorful turn of phrase and an artful ability to stretch the truth in all directions. This fellow Red thus becomes a worthy heir to Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, and . . . Sid Fleischman's Josh McBroom."
- ALA Booklist
"Move over Pecos Bill and Paul Bunyan: a 'sixteenth-pint human' named Rhode Island Red is jockeying for folk hero recognition. . . . funny . . . this is a tall tale--a very tall tale."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The story bounces along, effortlessly sustained by an abundance of chicken jokes and size puns. Manes has hatched a tall tale that squawks to be read aloud."
STEPHEN MANES is the author of more than thirty books for children and young adults. His "Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!" won kid-voted awards in five states and is a curriculum staple in American and French schools. The sequel, "Make Four Million Dollars by Next Thursday!," quickly became a Publishers Weekly bestseller. His books have been adapted for stage and television productions.
Manes has had a long career making arcane worlds accessible to the uninitiated. His most recent book is the highly acclaimed "Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear: Inside the Land of Ballet." He was one of the creators and co-hosts of the weekly public television series "Digital Duo." He co-wrote the bestselling and much-praised biography "Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry--and Made Himself the Richest Man in America." He wrote long-running columns on personal technology for The New York Times, Forbes, PC World, PC Magazine, and many other publications.
Manes has a degree in cinema from the University of Southern California. His writing credits for the screen include programs for ABC Television and KCET/Los Angeles, as well as the seventies classic movie "Mother, Jugs & Speed." A native of Pittsburgh, he lives in Seattle.