And wouldn't you know it, Mama can tell him exactly why possum tails are all pink and naked and funny looking. Her story's a doozy! It goes way back to Epossumondas's great-great-grandpa, Papapossum. When hungry Papapossum and his growly ol' stomach meet up with wily Hare, cranky Bear, and a persimmon tree . . . well, it's one hair-raisin' adventure!
Renowned storyteller Coleen Salley and Caldecott Honor illustrator Janet Stevens team up again, drawing on the Uncle Remus tradition and their own wild imaginations to expose a hilarious--and important!--moment in possum history.
About the Author
JANET STEVENS is the author-illustrator of many popular and award-winning books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Book Tops & Bottoms. She used her friend Coleen Salley as a character model in both Epossumondas stories and in the ABBY Honor Book To Market, To Market. Ms. Stevens lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Coleen Salley (1929-2008) was a renowned storyteller, a distinguished professor of children's literature, and the author of a number of beloved picture books. The classic Southern story of Epaminondas was her longtime trademark tale at storytelling performances nationwide. She adapted this story into the acclaimed picture book Epossumondas, followed by Why Epossumondas Has No Hair on His Tail, Epossumondas Saves the Day, and Epossumondas Plays Possum, all illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Janet Stevens. She was raised in Baton Rouge and lived most of her adult life in New Orleans. She was a Professor Emeritus of the University of New Orleans. Visit her website at www.coleensalley.com.
Janet Stevens is the author and illustrator of many beloved picture books, including Tops & Bottoms, a Caldecott Honor Book. With her sister and co-author, Susan Stevens Crummel, she created the acclaimed best-sellers The Great Fuzz Frenzy,Help Me, Mr. Mutt!, The Little Red Pen and more. She is also the illustrator of the Epossumondas books, written by renowned storyteller Coleen Salley. Janet Stevens lives in Colorado. Visit her online at janetstevens.com.
What People are Saying About This
Praise and honors for Epossumondas:
"A treasure."The New York Times Book Review
[star]"Silliness to the hilt . . . Outrageous fun!"Kirkus Reviews
[star]"Hilarious."School Library Journal
Bank Street College of Education Irma Simonton and James H. Black Honor Book Sense 76 Pick IRA-CBC Children's Choice Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award