Somewhere in the bayou

Jarrett Pumphrey

Book - 2022

Rat, Squirrel, Rabbit, and Mouse want to cross the bayou, but next to the log they are considering as a bridge is a sneaky tail, which may be attached to someone dangerous--each of the four approach the problem with a different strategy, with varying results.

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Subjects
Genres
Children's stories
Animal fiction
Picture books
Published
New York : Norton Young Readers, an imprint of W. W. Norton and Company [2022]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (color) ; 26 cm
Audience
Ages 4-8.
ISBN
9781324015932
1324015934
Main Author
Jarrett Pumphrey (author)
Other Authors
Jerome Pumphrey (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Mouse, Squirrel, Opossum, and Rabbit speculate about whose scary tail is sticking up out of the swamp. Can they cross over on the log? It looks sneaky! It's green! It has scales! Yikes! Opossum tiptoes, wobbles, and smack! disappears into the water with a splash. Squirrel, claiming that he isn't scared, follows—and goes under, with another wobble, smack, and splash. Rabbit pokes the menacing tail with a stick, but he repeats the other animals' unsuccessful ambulatory technique. Mouse, the littlest remaining animal, nibbles around the giant tail and, lo and behold, an alligator emerges, thanking him profusely, as he has been stuck under the log. This darkly funny cumulative tale of a tail has a surprisingly gruesome ending for every creature but Mouse, who becomes friends with the alligator (and Alligator doesn't eat Friends). Be warned: the other three, not friends, were indeed swallowed up quickly (offstage). Earth-toned illustrations in browns, greens, and grays depict attractive block-printed characters and wetland scenery. Use in storytimes to challenge children who make assumptions about what they see. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

Mouse, Squirrel, Opossum, and Rabbit speculate about whose scary tail is sticking up out of the swamp. Can they cross over on the log? It looks sneaky! It's green! It has scales! Yikes! Opossum tiptoes, wobbles, and smack! disappears into the water with a splash. Squirrel, claiming that he isn't scared, follows—and goes under, with another wobble, smack, and splash. Rabbit pokes the menacing tail with a stick, but he repeats the other animals' unsuccessful ambulatory technique. Mouse, the littlest remaining animal, nibbles around the giant tail and, lo and behold, an alligator emerges, thanking him profusely, as he has been stuck under the log. This darkly funny cumulative tale of a tail has a surprisingly gruesome ending for every creature but Mouse, who becomes friends with the alligator (and Alligator doesn't eat Friends). Be warned: the other three, not friends, were indeed swallowed up quickly (offstage). Earth-toned illustrations in browns, greens, and grays depict attractive block-printed characters and wetland scenery. Use in storytimes to challenge children who make assumptions about what they see. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Told in comics-style panels alive with sound words and woodblock-style artwork that befits the story's folktale feel, this tale by the Pumphrey brothers (The Old Boat) opens as a rabbit, an opossum, a squirrel, and a mouse look for a place to cross a bayou. Pale, milky colors evoke the trees' cool shadows as the four animals pull up short at the sight of a fat, green tail next to a log in the water. The opossum is first to brave the threat. "There's only one way past a sneaky tail," it declares, and tiptoes across the log, which wobbles before a "SMACK" and "SPLASH" see the animal sinking into the drink. The rabbit and the squirrel have their own respective strategies for the "scary" and "mean" tail, resulting in two more splashes. Only the mouse's curiosity and humility create a different outcome, drawing the owner of the tail to the surface. Underneath the humor, echoes of wisdom can be heard in this sinewy, laugh-out-loud picture book about the way arrogance can lead to disaster. Ages 6–8. Agent: Hannah Mann, Writers House. (Mar.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—In a bold graphic style that uses big, flat shapes and a limited palette of gray, tan, brown, brick, and sage, four swamp creatures are beset with curiosity, and maybe even fear. A squirrel, mouse, rabbit, and weasel (or opossum, from the book jacket), in tersely worded speech bubbles that would not be out of place in Waiting for Godot, question the sight before them: "What should we do?/ We could just—/ Find another way?/ No. There's only one way past a sneaky tail." One by one, they are picked off by the tail, and in this soon-to-be-story-hour-hit, listeners will be on the edge of their seats. The survivor, the mouse, figures out why the tail is there, and helps a docile alligator get unstuck. The punch line is an uproarious gift from the Pumphreys, who could not lace more eccentric charm into this if they had 1000 more pages. It's just right. VERDICT To paraphrase another epic piece about hungry snapping jaws, you're going to need a bigger story hour.—Kimberly Olson Fakih Copyright 2022 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Rat, Squirrel, Rabbit, and Mouse want to cross the bayou, but next to the log they are considering as a bridge is a sneaky tail, which may be attached to someone dangerous--each of the four approach the problem with a different strategy, with varying results.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Simple, subtle, and drolly funny, the Pumphrey brothers’ newest picture book is a layered exploration of the foolishness of making assumptions and the virtue of curiosity.