Ten Redneck Babies: A Southern Counting Book

Overview

"Loaded with Southern charm."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Readers will have a hoot counting from 1 to 10 and back again in pure southern style. From bluetick hounds to banjos and maw-this book has it all, redneck style."
—Reading Teacher

Need to count to ten with a Southern accent? These redneck babies will show you how! From Moon Pies to magnolias and kudzu to catfish, ten diapered dynamos get into all kinds of down-home trouble. Children will love counting down, then up again, to the ...

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Overview

"Loaded with Southern charm."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Readers will have a hoot counting from 1 to 10 and back again in pure southern style. From bluetick hounds to banjos and maw-this book has it all, redneck style."
—Reading Teacher

Need to count to ten with a Southern accent? These redneck babies will show you how! From Moon Pies to magnolias and kudzu to catfish, ten diapered dynamos get into all kinds of down-home trouble. Children will love counting down, then up again, to the babies' adventures, while adults hoot at the hilarious rhymes.

In this humorous counting book, author David Davis and illustrator Sue Marshall Ward poke gentle fun at their own "redneck" backgrounds while celebrating what it is like to grow up in the South.

David Davis, who studied fine arts at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas, has published artwork, cartoons, poems, and short stories in various magazines and newspapers. His political cartoons have earned an award from the Mississippi Press Association.

His book Jazz Cats was a 2002 International Reading Association/Children's Book Council Children's Choices Selection. Davis has also written Rock 'n' Roll Dogs, A Southern Child's Garden of Verses, Southern Mother Goose, Texas Aesop's Fables, Texas Zeke and the Longhorn, The Twelve Days of Christmas-In Texas, That Is, and several humorous installments of the Night Before Christmas Series, all published by Pelican. Davis lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sue Marshall Ward was born in Houston, Texas, to a family of artists. After studying art at Arlington State College, now University of Texas at Arlington, Ward began a long career in art direction, advertising, and illustration. She has also illustrated Sugar Lump's Night Before Christmas, Texas Aesop's Fables, and Texas Mother Goose for Pelican. Ward lives in Arlington, Texas.

David Davis and Sue Marshall Ward are both members of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
While marching readers back and forth between the numbers 10 and one, Davis (Redneck Night Before Christmas) and Ward also celebrate (or introduce, in the case of Yankee readers) mainstays of Southern life, such as Moon Pies, grits, kudzu and chiggers. The book kicks off with an outing to town (bumper stickers on the family's van testify to the driver's patriotism and NASCAR devotion), but the rest of the couplets and pictures are mostly devoted to the sibling babies' (some crawling, some toddling) gentle mischief as they scamper in and around their rural home, clad in diapers or overalls: "6 redneck babies cotton pickin'-/ One ate a lunch of crisp fried chicken." The rhymes drawl but never quite sing, and Ward's watercolors, while sunny in tone and hues, resemble static greeting card illustrations. Because the characters' lives look appealingly bucolic rather than hardscrabble, children unacquainted with the meaning of "redneck" will probably come away thinking that it's just another way of referring to a Southern farm family. Whether that's good or bad is for grown-ups to decide. Ages 5-8. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Counting down from ten and then back up again, Southern babies walk, crawl, and roll through this numbering tale. Whether eating peanut patties, frolicking in the kudzu, or taking a bath in washbasins in the yard, these redneck babies (by virtue of the title, they're all white) are having fun. Wacky rhyming verses filled with the distinctive Southern vernacular provide a unique take on the familiar format: "4 redneck babies buttering grits. . . ." While mostly good-natured, occasional passages fall into unflattering stereotypes of Southern life, detracting from the overall tone of the story. Humorous paintings filled with sun-kissed babies in a variety of settings, offer another view of an often disparaged way of life. An occasional misstep only minimally detracts from this feel-good tale. Loaded with Southern charm. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589802322
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/15/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,439,171
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.36 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

David Davis is the author of almost a dozen books with Pelican, including Jazz Cats, a 2002 Children's Book Choice selection; Librarian's Night Before Christmas; Nurse's Night Before Christmas; Ten Redneck Babies: A Southern Counting Book; Texas Aesop's Fables; Texas Mother Goose; and Texas Zeke and the Longhorn. Four of his books have earned spots on the Accelerated Reader list. He resides in Fort Worth, Texas.

An illustrator at heart, Ward left years of advertising illustration, where computers had gained a firm foothold in graphics, and jumped into children's books. "It took me a long time to find myself," she says, "but I love illustrating children's text and taking the art a few steps beyond the word, when there is an opportunity. "

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  • Posted June 21, 2010

    This book is a hoot!

    This book is not for everyone, and is definitely not politically correct. You have to be willing to poke fun of yourself and your own culture if you buy this book. I found it to be quite a hoot as did the family members with whom I shared this book. We laughed until we cried because we could see ourselves described in the entertaining lines. As a parent or caregiver of children, you know you will have to read things over and over to children as they enjoy and learn from the repetition. While the book can indeed be educational to teach young children counting, it helps the parent enjoy it as well when the little one begs "Read it again!" I would not use it in a day care setting as some parents could find it offensive, but it's a great gift for close family and friends whom you know can laugh at themselves.

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