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Porch lies tales of slicksters, tricksters, and other wily characters

by McKissack, Pat, 1944-2017

Format: Book on CD 2007
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 6 copies
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CLP - Homewood Children's Audiovisual Collection j CD McKissack
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Master storyteller Patricia C. McKissack transports us to the front porch-a place where lightning bugs flash, lemonade is poured, and tales about slickster-tricksters are an every-night treat for the whole family to enjoy.
Here you can listen to "porch lies"-tales filled with humor and exaggeration-about characters like:

-A one-of-a-kind trickster, Dooley Hunter, who tells such a whopper at the State Liars' Contest that it becomes known as the best lie ever told.
-A downright wily individual by the name of Noble "Cake" Norris, who some folks believe may have died twenty-seven times.
-A little old lady slickster folks call Aunt Gran, who comes face to face with Frank and Jesse James, the two most notorious outlaws in America.

Rich in African American history, these unforgettable tales range from sidesplittingly funny to spine-chillingly spooky. So hop on the porch swing and listen up-there's a story just starting. . . .

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 3-5. Like McKissack's award-winning The Dark Thirty 0 (1992), the nine original tales in this uproarious collection draw on African American oral tradition and blend history and legend with sly humor, creepy horror, villainous characters, and wild farce. McKissack based the stories on those she heard as a child while sitting on her grandparents' porch; now she is passing them on to her grandchildren. Without using dialect, her intimate folk idiom celebrates the storytelling among friends, neighbors, and family as much as the stories themselves. "Some folk believe the story; some don't. You decide for yourself." Is the weaselly gravedigger going to steal a corpse's jewelry, or does he know the woman is really still alive? Can bespectacled Aunt Gran outwit the notorious outlaw Jesse James? In black and white, Carrilho's full-page illustrations--part cartoon, part portrait in silhouette--combine realistic characters with scary monsters. History is always in the background (runaway slaves, segregation cruelty, white-robed Klansmen), and in surprising twists and turns that are true to trickster tradition, the weak and exploited beat powerful oppressors with the best lies ever told. Great for sharing, on the porch and in the classroom. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Children's stories, American.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher New York :Listening Library,2007
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors D'Pella, Pamella, narrator.
Ojo, Andenrele, narrator.
Willis, Mirron E. (Mirron Edward), 1965- narrator.
Listening Library, publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by Pamella D'Pella, Adenrele Ojo, and Mirron Willis.
Audience "Recommended for listeners ages 8 to 12"--Container.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 4 audio discs (4 hr., 22 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780739361672
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