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The Legend of Slappy Hooper

The Legend of Slappy Hooper

by Aaron Shepard

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Shepard imposes his own style and adds several episodes to an American tall tale, which originally appeared in print as part of a WPA-sponsored collection. Slappy Hooper, ``the world's biggest, fastest, bestest sign painter,'' has an oversize problem: the signs he creates are too darn lifelike. His picture of a rose attracts bees, while a sign featuring a hot summer sun melts snow. One catastrophe follows another, until Slappy paints himself out of a job. On the verge of chucking his paint kit into the river, the despairing hero is approached--in a rather saccharine plot twist--by Michael, from the Heavenly Sign Company, and hired to paint the world's sunrises and sunsets. Busy drawings, peopled with cartoonish look-alike figures (Slappy and Michael seem to be the same man in different costumes) add little zest to this overly cute story. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)
Sheilamae O
Slappy Hooper suffers the curse of great talent. The signs he paints are so realistic that they imitate life. Flowers wilt, birds fly away, and beach bunnies get sunburned. Slappy is about to renounce his gift when he is commissioned by The Boss to paint a rainbow in the sky. So successful is he that he earns a position painting sunrises and sunsets that he holds to this day. Goffe's illustrations are as good-humored as the text, and the comic and heroic situations he depicts help children feel a part of the joke. Lots of possibilities for story hour, including discussions about rainbows and skyhooks and whether angels really wear paint-spattered overalls. A note on sources appended.

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.39(w) x 10.29(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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