Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
The Great Pancake Adventure
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."
"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."
"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.
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.
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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