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TAILYPO! by Jan Wahl


adapted by Jan Wahl & illustrated by Wil Clay

Age Range: 5 - 10

Pub Date: April 30th, 1991
ISBN: 0-8050-0687-7
Publisher: Henry Holt

 In his first picture book, Clay provides dramatic double- spread paintings for Wahl's lively retelling of this scariest of African-American tales. Each detail of the Tennessee cabin where the unfortunate who makes the error of eating the tail of a mysterious invader awaits his grisly fate is carefully rendered, bathed in the open fire's crimson glow, while a woman's portrait observes with a curious ``I-told-you-so'' look and the owl on the clock recoils in dismay. The thing itself remains indistinct, just the occasional ear or claws glimpsed--the better to terrify by innuendo. Galdone's version (1977) is a standard; this fine debut makes an excellent alternate. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)