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HUCK RUNS AMUCK! by Sean Taylor


by Sean Taylor & illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: April 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3261-2
Publisher: Dial

Huck is a goat with an eclectic appetite. But most of the usual goat edibles just don’t tickle the taste buds. He finds that woolly gloves stick in his teeth, and “cardboard boxes taste like boring afternoons.” His all-time favorite tasty treats are flowers. It doesn’t matter whether they are on top of a mountain or in Mr. Watson’s bouquet or on Mrs. Spooner’s hat. Even flower patterns on clothing or table linens call to him. Huck tries, but each attempt to reach those elusive flowers leads to disaster, leaving him tumbling down a mountain, being chased by a big dog, colliding with a bicycle. But this intrepid (or, shall we say, maniacal) goat remains undaunted by fear, prior experience or reason. Taylor employs simple, conversational language in a fast-paced, almost breathless, easy-breezy cadence that draws readers right into Huck’s adventures. Double-page spreads of Reynolds’ detailed, cartoon-like, watercolor, ink and tea illustrations on a bright, white background surround the large-print text. Words and phrases like, “Uh-oh,” and “Oh No,” and the often-repeated “He can’t resist!” are boldly hand-lettered for emphasis. But Huck is the star here; his expressions are wildly enthusiastic, goofy and totally demented. Hilarious, laugh-out-loud fun. (Picture book. 3-8)