The Gum-Chewing Rattler
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Pub Date: 09/01/2006

Pages: 32

Trim: 9 x 11

Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press

Imprint: Cinco Puntos Press

ISBN 13: 9780938317999

ISBN 10: 0938317997

Price: $16.95 / $22.99 CAN

Category: JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories

The Gum-Chewing Rattler

By Joe Hayes, Antonio Castro L.

Price: $16.95

About the Book


Respected raconteur Joe Hayes is built for tall tales—he’s got the world’s longest legs! And Joe—who travels all over the United States telling stories to kids—says that The Gum-Chewing Rattler is the perfect tall tale for kids because it combines so many familiar experiences—chewing lots of bubblegum, getting in trouble in school, driving your mom crazy—with the wild, impossible claim that a certain rattlesnake chewed gum and blew a bubble with it. Couple that with kids’ natural fascination with poisonous snakes, and The Gum-Chewing Rattler turns out to be one of Joe’s most requested stories.


Joe’s been telling this wild story for years, since before 1980, when he took those long legs of his out on the road. But now, that old gum-chewer is here for the first time in a picture book with full-color illustrations by Antonio Castro L.


Here’s how Joe’s story goes: When Joe was a boy, he chewed lots of bubblegum, his mom got so mad because the gum in his shirt pocket made a terrible mess in the wash! But this wad of bubblegum just happened to save Joe from a rattlesnake’s fangs!


Really!!


Don’t worry—his mother didn’t believe the story either.

About the Book

Do rattlesnakes chew bubble gum? Of course rattlesnakes chew bubble gum. Joe Hayes says they blow bubbles too!

Author

Joe Hayes is one of America's premier storytellers. He grew up in a small town in southern Arizona where he learned Spanish from his classmates. As he got older, Joe began gathering old stories from the Southwest. Joe has earned a distinctive role as a bilingual storyteller. Artist and musician Honorio Robledo has done two books with Cinco Puntos: El Cucuy and Nico Visits the Moon, and a book with Children's Book Press. He and his wife Luana recently moved to Mexico so their children could grow up barefoot.

Awards

2011 Storytelling World Resource Award (Young Listeners, honor)