Chestnut Cove by Tim Egan

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Though Chestnut Cove is a rather eccentric small town, it's usually the kind of place where folks stop and smell the roses. And everyone's always willing to help one another out. But when King Milford offers his entire kingdom to "whosoever grows the largest and juiciest watermelon by summer's end," the atmosphere in the village begins to change. The people start to daydream about what they could do with the riches and obsessively attend to their gardens. Will greed and watermelons ruin the friendly town of Chestnut Cove?

About Tim Egan

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Tim Egan is the author and illustrator of several offbeat and humorous tales for children. He is consistently recognized for his individuality and delightful illustrations. Born in New Jersey, Tim moved to California to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He still lives in southern California with his wife, Ann, and their two sons. To learn more about Tim Egan, visit his Web site at For a complete list of books by Tim Egan, visit www.houghton
Published March 27, 1995 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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Another splendid tale from Egan (Friday Night at Hodges' Cafe, 1994), cautionary but with the accent squarely on the story line.

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Then they consider the perks of wealth: ``It was endless how much they didn't have.'' Before long, each homeowner jealously tends a melon garden: Joe Morgan and his cow, Thelma, slosh milk at would-be trespassers, and Mrs. Lark and her pig, Eloise, sleep outdoors to protect their gargantuan fruit.

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