When Beanie's father tells him he's too young to help plant the corn, Beanie joins his grampa, who says, "Well, now, that's funny, because he said I'm too old to help." He's not too old, though, to entertain Beanie with a tall tale of Indiana corn-planting disasters in the year 1928: first the flood, which washed half the population into Ohio, then the winds, which blew whole houses into Illinois, and finally the heat, which popped the kernels right off the ears. "Every man, woman and child in Indiana had to eat nothing but popcorn for weeks, just to get rid of it." As deadpan and silly a story as ever entertained a child, Grampa's tale gets wilder yet when he explains how he saved the day. Parker's naive watercolor-and-ink drawings create vivid impressions of the natural and fantastic worlds of corn farming. With its well-written text and accessible story and artwork, this would be a good choice to read aloud, even to somewhat older children studying tall tales.