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

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

Fall 2006 Fiction
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Patricia C. McKissack
Illustrator: Andre Carrilho
ISBN: 0-375-83619-5
Hardcover Price: $18.95
Review:
Pour the lemonade, climb aboard the porch swing, and prepare to pass the time listening to these nine original stories hung on the bones of the “slicksters, tricksters, and other wily characters” the author came to know and love as a child growing up in the rural south. The storytelling cadence is just right; the characters are a colorful mix of guile and gumption; and the lessons vary from laugh-out-loud funny to touching. Carrilho's illustrations (one per story), done in strong blacks and whites mixed with shades of gray reflect the nature of the tales: all exaggeration and unexpected perspectives. A thoroughly engaging collection handsomely presented: what more can you ask?
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.


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