Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

The Great Pancake Adventure

Luckhurst, Matt

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
In this humorous twist on a classic tale, Paul Bunyan and his best friend, Babe the Blue Ox, leave life on the farm to work for a logger who pays them with their favorite thing: pancakes! Paul and Babe tromp across the country with the logger, filling valleys with pancake batter (forming the Rocky Mountains) and chasing down pancakes blown away by the wind (creating the Grand Canyon). But when Babe starts to feel sick from eating too many pancakes, the two realize that maybe the farm, with its variety of foods, is really the best place for them after all.
The engaging typography and illustrations, combined with the humorous and lighthearted tone, show kids the importance of eating their veggies without giving heavy-handed lessons. An author’s note explains the origins of the Paul Bunyan story.

Praise for Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox: The Great Pancake Adventure
"Cheerful gouache illustrations, which appear to be partly influenced by 1920s animated cartoons and contemporary street art, bounce with energy, driving the story forward as their adventures unfold...The inclusion of colorful, hand-lettered text adds emphasis and acts as a balance to the art."
?Kirkus Reviews

"Newcomer Luckhurst’s manic gouache artwork and hand-lettered typography grab attention in this pancake-themed twist on the Paul Bunyan legend...The sheer voltage of Luckhurst’s artwork?Robert Neubecker by way of Robert Crumb?makes this a notable debut, one whose boisterous display type lends itself to noisy readalouds."
?Publishers Weekly

"Luckhurst’s gouache-on-paper artwork is bright and bold, and the text works well as a storytime read-aloud. As one would expect, the author takes the exaggerated and hyperbolic aspects of this tale and uses them to great effect."
?School Library Journal

"The cartoonlike, folksy gouache-and-paper illustrations are fitting for the larger-than-life story, and the hand-lettered typeface adds extra oomph."

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Baker & Taylor
A whimsical parody of the classic folktale finds Paul Bunyan and his best friend, Babe the Blue Ox, working for a logger who pays them in pancakes, an arrangement that leads to the creation of famous landmarks until Bunyan and Babe discover that eating a variety of foods is healthier. A first picture book.

& Taylor

Retells the tale of giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe, whose appetites for pancakes grow so large that they leave their childhood home to find their pancake fortune in the great big world.

Publisher: New York ; London : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2012
ISBN: 1419704206
Branch Call Number: J PIC L
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 32 cm.


From Library Staff

Paul and Babe’s oversized love of pancakes lead them to build the Rocky Mountains, dig the Grand Canyon and reform their eating habits in this supremely silly tall tale.

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