ONCE UPON A COOL MOTORCYCLE DUDE by Kevin O'Malley

ONCE UPON A COOL MOTORCYCLE DUDE

Age Range: 6 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Young readers who have ever been forcibly yoked to a rival for some class project will glory in this contentious oral report. Unable to agree on a folktale to tell their classmates, a lad and lass decide to make it up as they go. She starts, with Princess Tenderheart—rendered by Heyer in flowing silk gowns and blonde tresses—pining for her beloved ponies, which are being stolen one by one by a giant. Gagging, the storyteller’s companion proceeds to add a huge dude who roars up on a chopper to provide protection, and to battle a giant that, in Goto’s testosterone-soaked oils, is green but far from jolly. Meanwhile, instead of passively sitting by spinning straw into gold, the Princess starts pumping iron . . . and on the tale seesaws, to a more or less happily-ever-after. The unusual collaboration among illustrators works seamlessly, with O’Malley supplying the storytellers, and Heyer and Goto the characters on separate pages or spreads. This disarming, funny and not agenda-driven dig at the hot-button issue of gender differences is likely to excite plenty of giggles—and perhaps some discussion, too. (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8027-8947-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Walker
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2005




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