MIKE FINK by Steven Kellogg


Age Range: 6 - 8
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 A tall-tale introduction to the ``King of the Keelboatmen,'' from the time he ran away from home at the age of two days to his literally explosive confrontation with steamboat captain Hilton B. Blathersby. The historical Fink was a cruel man who came to a violent end, but Kellogg depicts him as a friendly-looking, fun-loving youth; indeed, nearly all of the keelboatmen here- -black, white, old, and young--are smiling, clean-cut types, rather at odds with their usual roughneck image. Though Fink spends much of his time wrestling men or bears, Kellogg's description of him seems bland in comparison to his glowing, energetic illustrations, and less heroic than his other legendary figures. (Picture book/Folktale. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 21st, 1992
ISBN: 0-688-07003-5
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1992


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