Books by Joanne Compton

ASHPET by Joanne Compton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1994

"Good source note. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-9)"
The Comptons' ``Ashpet'' differs less from Richard Chase's version of this Cinderella variant than their Jack the Giant Chaser (1993) diverged from Chase's parallel tale; here, they simply change the ``witch-woman'' to an old neighbor called ``Granny'' and the king's son (a standard character in these mountain tales) to a doctor's son and omit Ashpet's further persecution and the punishment of the perpetrators, after her wedding. Read full book review >
GRANNY GREENTEETH AND THE NOISE IN THE NIGHT by Kenn Compton
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Nicely cadenced for reading aloud and equipped with comical cartoon-style illustrations with plenty of diverting haunted-house details, a lightweight story that's sure to please. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In an agreeably Halloweeny spinoff of ``The Old Woman and Her Pig,'' Granny orders her cat to look under her bed to find out ``what's making that horrible, skin-prickling, hair-raising noise that keeps me from my book''; but neither the cat nor Granny's weary broomstick nor the troll under her stairs, the goblin in her bathtub, or any of the other creatures lurking around her house is biddable, despite her mounting litany. Read full book review >
JACK THE GIANT CHASER by Kenn Compton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1993

"Fun to share; older children may enjoy comparing this with Chase's longer tale and discussing the reasons for the changes. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Lifting the last episode of ``Jack and the Giants' Newground'' from Chase's Jack Tales (1943), the Comptons lead into Jack's exploits with a motif from the Grimms' ``Brave Little Tailor.'' Jack has hit seven catfish with a rock, but boasts that he's ``killed me seven with one blow!'' When his impressed neighbors send him off to deal with a troublesome (but gullible) giant, clever Jack's a match for him: challenged to haul the giant's bucket of water, he threatens to move the whole creek; in a knife-throwing contest, he claims he'll hurl the giant's knife over the mountain to his uncle, or not at all. Read full book review >
LITTLE RABBIT'S EASTER SURPRISE by Joanne Compton
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1992

"A gentle, satisfying story with appealing pictures in Easter egg tones, drawn with a childlike simplicity that matches the text. (Picture book. 3-7)"
With his earnest efforts to ``help,'' Little Rabbit is a typical toddler, his disastrous mishaps only somewhat exaggerated. Read full book review >