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 the author of over twenty books for children and young adults. His writing style is storytelling-tested and has its roots in the oral traditions of the American Southwest. Each summer, he delights children and adults alike with his summertime storytelling performances at Santa Fe’s Wheelwright Museum. The rest of the year finds him speaking to thousands of readers around the United States at schools, libraries, and conferences. His book Ghost Fever/Mal de Fantasma won the Texas Bluebonnet Award in 2007. Dance, Nana, Dance / Baila, Nana, Baila, his collection of folktales from Cuba, won the Aesop Prize in 2009. The New Mexico Library Association named Joe the Centennial Storyteller in 2010, a storyteller so good he only comes around once every 100 years!
Antonio Castro Lopez (L.) was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and has lived in the Juarez-El Paso area for most of his life. He has illustrated dozens of childrens’ books including Barry, the Bravest Saint Bernard (Random House), Pajaro Verde, The Treasure on Gold Street, The Day It Snowed Tortillas and The Gum-Chewing Rattler (Cinco Puntos Press). In 2005, the government of the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, commissioned Antonio to paint a mural for the government palace. The mural commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Tomochic. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Texas, Mexico City, Spain and Italy.

Antonio Castro L., born in Zacatecas, Mexico, has lived in the Juarez-­‐‑El Paso area for
most of his life. The illustrator of dozens of children’s books, this is his fourth
collaboration with Joe.

Awards

2011 Storytelling World Resource Award (Young Listeners, honor)