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The pumpkin runner

by Arnold, Marsha Diane.

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
Available (5)
Location Collection Call #
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Picture Books Je A
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  Je A
Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Picture Books J E ARNOLD
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Books
Call Number  J E ARNOLD
Penn Hills Library Juvenile Easys E j ARN
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Easys
Call Number  E j ARN
Upper St. Clair Township Library Picture Books ADVANCED PICTURE ARNOLD
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Picture Books
Whitehall Public Library Picture Books PIC Arnold
Location  Whitehall Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  PIC Arnold
"Nearly all the sheep ranchers in Blue Gum Valley rode horses or drove jeeps to check on their sheep. But Joshua Summerhayes liked to run...with Yellow Dog trailing behind him." So it's no surprise when Joshua decides to enter a race from Melbourne to Sydney. People laugh when old Joshua shows up in his overalls and gumboots, calmly nibbling a slice of pumpkin for energy. But then he pulls into the lead, and folks are forced to sit up and take noticeE'.Inspired by a true event (and just in time for fall's pumpkin harvest!) a talented team introduces a humble and generous hero who knows that winning isn't always the reason to run a race.Marsha Diane Arnold made "an impressive debut" ( School Library Journal ) with the multi-award-winning Heart of a Tiger (Dial). Brad Sneed most recently illustrated Smoky Mountain Rose (Dial), an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists that Publishers Weekly said will "make readers 'happy as a pig in a peanut patch.' "Marsha Diane Arnold lives in Sebastopol, California.Brad Sneed lives in Prairie Village, Kansas.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 5^-8. Based on the real-life experiences of Cliff Young (here portrayed as Johsua Summerhayes), this is the story of a 61-year-old Australian farmer who won a 542-mile foot race against younger and more traditionally and technologically trained opponents. The story opens with young Joshua eating pumpkins for energy and then running for the joy of it. When Josuha becomes a sheep farmer, he decides that he prefers to run out to the fields to check on his herds rather than use a jeep like the other farmers. One day, he sees an ad for the Melbourne to Sydney race, so he loads up a jeep with a pile of pumpkins and heads off. Kids should enjoy the idea of someone running a race on pumpkin power, and they will respond to Yellow Dog, Joshua's faithful companion. However, it is the oil-on-canvas illustrations that will really grab their attention. Sneed uses perspective and foreshortening in inventive ways, with human figures interestingly elongated. All of the art is suffused with a lively glow. This will be an additional purchase for some libraries but may prove popular where picture books for older readers are in demand. --Elizabeth Drennan"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Though he may have the appearance of a tall tale hero, Arnold's (Heart of a Tiger) protagonist is inspired by a real 61-year-old Australian farmer who won a 542-mile race in 1983. Joshua Summerhayes, an eccentric sheep farmer from Blue Gum Creek, and his sidekick, Yellow Dog, enter the 12th annual Koala-K Race from Melbourne to Sydney. With the help of energizing slices of pumpkins that grow "round as a wombat's belly," they finish first together and share the $10,000 prize money with the other runners. Arnold's loquacious storyteller style and the farmer's aw-shucks humility lend a hardy, ageless humor to the somewhat meandering plot. Sneed (Smoky Mountain Rose) revels in the contrasts between the farmer's sense of generosity and his workaday attire, set against depictions of the single-mindedness and swaggering bravado of the other runners in their fancy shoes and shorts. When the villain, Damien Dodgerelle, brags that he has "run two hundred kilometers a week for three months training for this race," Joshua says simply, "I just check my herds, from sunup to sundown." As the other runners lift 300-pound weights, perform one-handed push-ups and drink power fluids, Joshua stands in his blue bib overalls and orange gum boots and eats pumpkin stewÄand runs for the love of it. Sneed's cleverly skewed perspectives and Arnold's engaging style make this book, like its star, an easy winner. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Running -- Fiction.
Pumpkin -- Fiction.
Individuality -- Fiction.
Australia -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Dial Books for Young Readers,1998
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Sneed, Brad.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 0803721242 (hardcover)
0803721250 (lib. bdg.)
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