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THE LITTLEST GRAPE STOMPER by Alan Madison

THE LITTLEST GRAPE STOMPER

By Alan Madison (Author) , Giselle Potter (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Feb. 27th, 2007
ISBN: 0-375-83675-6
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random

A fey piece of whimsy takes a lighthearted look at child labor. The village of Ear, nestled in the Your Valley, is famed for the excellence of its hand—er, foot—stomped grape juice. Into Ear is born Sixto, named because he has six toes on each foot. When Boss Nova Boombatz spies those extra toes, he quickly sees their possibilities and puts polite little Sixto (who would really rather play) to work as a grape stomper, building ever-bigger vats to nudge Sixto’s efforts into the record books. Potter has fun with the text, giving Boombatz a distinctly Mafioso air and dyeing Sixto and the other grape stompers a delicate shade of purple. All the characters wear her trademark old-people faces, giving all the Earians an appealingly ageless appearance. Madison’s resolution is as silly as the premise itself: A deluge of juice, stomped by Sixto in an enormous cistern, floods the Your Valley, creating the Grape Lakes and sweeping Boombatz away. Kids will enjoy both Sixto’s triumph and the overall goofiness of this small tall tale. (Picture book. 4-8)