Swamp Angel can lasso a tornado, and drink an entire lake dry. She single-handedly defeats the fearsome bear known as Thundering Tarnation, wrestling him from the top of the Great Smoky Mountains to the bottom of a deep lake. Caldecott Medal-winning artist Paul O. Zelinsky\'s stunning folk-art paintings are the perfect match for the irony, exaggeration, and sheer good humor of this original tall tale set on the American frontier.
A Caldecott Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
A Time magazine Best Book of the Year
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children\'s Book of the Year
Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
It is Ms. Isaacs\'s dry, tongue-in-cheek style, moving us from possibility to impossibility, matched by the stunning primitive and burlesque-style oil paintings done on wood veneers by Paul O. Zelinsky, that makes this book one of the most intriguing and hilarious tall tales to be published in recent years. . . There are very few tall tales about extraordinary women in American folklore compared to those that extol the virtues of men, and this comic rendition about a gifted, powerful and helpful woman is in all ways superb. -- New York Times, 11/13/94, by Jack Zipes
Isaacs tells her original story with the glorious exaggeration and uproarious farce of the traditional tall tale and with its typical laconic idiom. You just can\'t help reading it aloud. . . Zelinsky\'s detailed oil paintings in folk-art style are exquisite, framed in cherry, maple, and birch wood grains. They are also hilarious, making brilliant use of perspective to extend the mischief and the droll understatement. -- starred review, Booklist, 10/15/94, Hazel Rochman
It is impossible to convey the sheer pleasure, the exaggerated loopiness, of newcomer Isaacs\'s wonderful story. Matching the superb text stride for stride are Zelinsky\'s altered-state, American primitive paintings--gems that provide new pleasures, reading after reading. To say that you are entering Calcutta land doesn\'t begin to do this book justice. -- starred review, Kirkus, October 15, 1994
Move over, Paul Bunyan, you are about to meet Swamp Angel, an original creation in the tall-tale tradition whose exploits are guaranteed to amaze and amuse a wide swath of readers. . . Visually exciting, wonderful to read aloud, this is a picture book to remember. -- starred review, Horn Book, March/April 1995, M.M.B.
We\'ve heard and made a lot of justifiable complaints lately about picture books with lavish illustration weakened by inconsequential texts. Well, here\'s one with GREAT BIG PICTURES and a GREAT BIG STORY. It\'s feminist and it\'s funny and it\'s supported by some of the subtlest effects in Zelinsky\'s noteworthy artistic repertoire. -- starred review, Bulletin, November 1994, B.H.