A Coyote Solstice Tale
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|Location||Call Number||Branch||Item Status|
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|Malletts Youth||J Fiction / King, Thomas||Malletts Creek Branch||On Shelf|
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REVIEWS & SUMMARIESSchool Library Journal Review
Summary / Annotation
Potluck v. the Mall
submitted by Rachel S. on August 5, 2014, 10:43am
Ages 5 to 10.
Coyote is hosting his animal friends for a special solstice dinner. A girl proclaiming to be a reindeer with antlers on her head and a red rubber ball on her nose shows up first instead. As the animals seek to reunite the girl with her family, they stumble upon a blindingly bright new shopping mall. Coyote gets caught up in a shopping spree before a reality check at the register.
King's text is highly pleasing to the ear, with a rhythmic cadence that creates a jaunty flow when read aloud. Many of the passages are written as five line limericks, with an AABA rhyme scheme supporting the rollicking pace. Children will enjoy anticipating the addictive rhymes. The book will inspire children writing humorous poems.
The playfulness of the text is heightened by Clement’s quirky cartoon illustrations. The illustrations help set the tone, from the peaceful forest with elegant tree trunks and gentle snowflakes to the chaotic hordes of bickering shoppers. Sight gags of Coyote’s frenzied antics at the mall are particularly amusing.
This story is a cheerful reminder that goodwill and peace can be found for free by spending time with friends over a good meal. King and Clement have created humorous, anti-consumerist tale of friendship that will bring a smile to readers’ faces.