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Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and Other Wily Characters

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Publisher Comments:

Newbery Honor author McKissack's tall tales of humor and exaggeration are told on a front porch to friends and family. Whether side-splittingly funny or spine-chillingly spooky, most of these tales are seeped in early 20th century African-American history.

Review:

"As McKissack (The Dark-Thirty) opens this treasure chest of tales, she recalls spending summer evenings on her grandparents' front porch in Nashville, where her grandfather and visitors would share spellbinding 'porch lies,' comically exaggerated stories that often centered on rogues and rascals. The author then presents her own variations on such yarns, 'expand[ing] the myths, legends, and historical figures who often appear in the African American oral tradition' to create a sparkling array of porch lies, brimming with beguiling tricksters. McKissack sets the domestic scene for each by describing the porch visitor who first related the tale. A standout features wise, sassy Aunt Gran, who outsmarts Frank and Jesse James, manipulating the bandits into running out of town the racist villain who salted her well in hopes of procuring her property. Other memorable characters include the conniving used-car salesman who is brought to judgment quite humorously on the eve of his wedding; the truth-twisting fellow who wins the liars' contest at the state fair with the line, 'I aine never told a lie before'; and a famous blues harmonica player, who wreaks such havoc in the holding station en route to heaven — or the alternative — that he's sent back to earth. Aunt Gran, slyly telling the James brothers a tale that will convince them to help her, notes, 'Some folk believe the story; some don't. You decide for yourself.' Readers of these spry tall tales will have a grand time doing just that. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Patricia C. McKissack is one of the most acclaimed authors writing for children today. She has written many award-winning books, including Never Forgotten, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book; Porch Lies, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book; The Dark Thirty, a Newbery Honor Book; Let My People Go, recipient of the NAACP Image Award; and Mirandy and Brother Wind, a Caldecott Honor Book. Her other books include The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll, Goin' Someplace Special, and Precious and the Boo Hag. Patricia and her husband, Frederick McKissack, are the recipients of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Andre Carrilho is a designer, cartoonist, caricature artist, and illustrator. His illustrations have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Harper's, and Vanity Fair, among others. He is also the illustrator of the picture book You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! by Jonah Winter. Andre Carrilho lives in Lisbon, Portugal.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375836190
Author:
Mckissack, Patricia C.
Publisher:
Schwartz & Wade Books
Illustrator:
Carrilho, Andre
Author:
illustrated by Andre Carrilho
Author:
McKissack, Patricia
Author:
Carrilho, Andre
Author:
McKissack, Pat
Author:
McKissack, Patricia C.
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Children's stories, American
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Children s-General
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
10.62x7.90x.84 in. 1.68 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 160 pages Schwartz & Wade Books - English 9780375836190 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As McKissack (The Dark-Thirty) opens this treasure chest of tales, she recalls spending summer evenings on her grandparents' front porch in Nashville, where her grandfather and visitors would share spellbinding 'porch lies,' comically exaggerated stories that often centered on rogues and rascals. The author then presents her own variations on such yarns, 'expand[ing] the myths, legends, and historical figures who often appear in the African American oral tradition' to create a sparkling array of porch lies, brimming with beguiling tricksters. McKissack sets the domestic scene for each by describing the porch visitor who first related the tale. A standout features wise, sassy Aunt Gran, who outsmarts Frank and Jesse James, manipulating the bandits into running out of town the racist villain who salted her well in hopes of procuring her property. Other memorable characters include the conniving used-car salesman who is brought to judgment quite humorously on the eve of his wedding; the truth-twisting fellow who wins the liars' contest at the state fair with the line, 'I aine never told a lie before'; and a famous blues harmonica player, who wreaks such havoc in the holding station en route to heaven — or the alternative — that he's sent back to earth. Aunt Gran, slyly telling the James brothers a tale that will convince them to help her, notes, 'Some folk believe the story; some don't. You decide for yourself.' Readers of these spry tall tales will have a grand time doing just that. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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