THE LEGEND OF SLAPPY HOOPER by Aaron Shepard

THE LEGEND OF SLAPPY HOOPER

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Age Range: 5 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A tale collected by the WPA's Federal Writers' Project, admired by Carl Sandburg as ``a fresh modern masterpiece,'' and now reinterpreted by a ``story performer'' (The Legend of Lightning Larry, p. 306). The aptly named Slappy is a Bunyan- style prodigy of a sign painter: his pictures are so lifelike that roses wilt, an eagle flies away, and a billboard depicting a beach for the ``Sunshine Travel Agency'' decimates trade by attracting sunbathers right in town. Irate customers give up hiring the hapless Slappy, but when ``the Boss'' sends a winged, paint-spattered messenger to draft him for rainbows and sunsets, His standards suit the overcapable painter to a T: ``If it isn't too good, it's not good enough!'' Goffe's freewheeling cartoons perfectly complement this well-told, amiably satirical tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1993
ISBN: 0-684-19535-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Scribner
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1993




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