A no-account little tornado comes twirling along. It means no great harm, but for the animals in the shadow of Barefoot Mountain life will never be the same. A 400pound hog finds a wind-tossed harmonica and learns to play it. Emperor Floyd, a wild rooster, is frightened into insomnia and keeps everyone awake by crowing in the middle of the night. Stumblefrog discovers a sack of Mexican jumping beans left in the path of the twister, and guess what happens?
Most curious of all, the storm drops a "strange little animal, all pink skin and bones, lying in a heap against a hollow log." Its fur or feathers have been plucked clean by the tornado, and no one can guess what nature of odd animal the "Windblown Child" is. Everyone is in for a huge and wondrous surprise.
In these six broad comedies, Newbery Medal winner Sid Fleischman again proves himself to be a wizard of the American tall tale.
Children's Books 2000-NY Public Lib.
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Fleischman (Bandit’s Moon, 1998, etc.) relates six lively, interlocking tall tales involving the animals who live near Barefoot Mountain and the changes brought about by “a no-account little tornado” that “came twirling like a ballerina across the countryside.” A sidehill clinger with two long an...| Read Full Review of A Carnival of Animals
Fleischman (Bandit's Moon) displays his nimble wit with descriptions of a gale that shakes trucks ""like dice"" and a sly hawk named Thump Oswald who is ""slick as bear grease."" The glee with which he relates his outrageous yarns is infectious, and Hafner (the Lunch Bunnies books) seems to have ...| Read Full Review of A Carnival of Animals