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Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox: The Great Pancake Adventure

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox: The Great Pancake Adventure

Fall 2012 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Matt Luckhurst
ISBN: 9781419704208
Hardcover Price: $17.95

It's true. Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox loved pancakes. Lots of pancakes.

Matt Luckhurst grew up on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada where his grandfather worked as a logger and then as a sawmill owner. Living near the river, the forest and the mill, and eating his Mom's Sunday morning pancakes, Luckhurst was captivated by stories about the larger-than-life lumberjack called Paul Bunyan and his Blue Ox named Babe.

When as an adult author-illustrator Luckhurst decided to explore the story for a possible book, he devoured as many stories of Paul and Babe as he could find. Combining historical documents with oral histories, Luckhurst's interpretation followed the trajectory of the tales of Paul Bunyan that became taller and more spectacular with every telling. As the author notes "It is in the tradition of exaggeration and hyperbole that I interpreted the tales of Paul and Babe."

And it is in the tradition of playful page turning discovery that we applaud Luckhurst's story. His colorful fun-loving gouache on paper illustrations are propelled by his crafting and sculpting of words. A delicious tall tale for readers and pancake lovers everywhere.

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