The Legend of Lightning Larry by Aaron Shepard

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***#1 KINDLE (US) BESTSELLING CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK (SEPT. 2013)***
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No outlaw could draw as fast as Lightning Larry. But what really terrified those bad men was that peculiar gun of his. It didn't shoot bullets. It shot light. And Larry always aimed for the heart.
 
Can Larry save the town of Brimstone from Evil-Eye McNeevil's outlaw gang? Find out in this rip-roaring original tale of a gunfighter with a huge smile and a hankering for lemonade.
 
TEACHERS AND LIBRARIANS -- A READER'S THEATER SCRIPT OF THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE IN AARON'S BOOK "STORIES ON STAGE," OR FREE ON AARON'S WEB SITE.
 
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Aaron Shepard is the award-winning author of "The Baker's Dozen," "The Sea King's Daughter," "The Monkey King," and many more children's books. His stories have appeared often in Cricket magazine, while his Web site is known internationally as a prime resource for folktales, storytelling, and reader's theater. Once a professional storyteller, Aaron specializes in lively retellings of folktales and other traditional literature, which have won him honors from the American Library Association, the New York Public Library, the Bank Street College of Education, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the American Folklore Society.
 
Toni Goffe is the British illustrator of numerous well-loved children's books and is a winner of the 1993 Gold Medallion Book Award. He is also illustrator of Aaron's "The Legend of Slappy Hooper."
 
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"A tall-tale superhero for our time. . . . A readaloud that could lighten up classes well up in the elementary grades." -- Kirkus Reviews, Mar. 1, 1993
 
"Pass out the bandanas and dig out the spittoon. Read this story in an old-timer's voice, and everyone will have a good time." -- Chris Sherman, American Library Association Booklist, Mar. 1, 1993
 
"Move over Wyatt Earp. Make room for a cowboy of a different caliber. A wide age range of listeners will request this one again and again." -- School Library Journal, Nov. 1993
 
"A rib-tickler. . . . Kids will enjoy acting this out as readers theatre." -- Jan Lieberman, TNT, Spring 1993
 
"Lovely. . . . Should reach the tickly bone of youngsters." -- Storyline, June 1993
 
"Perfect for telling or reading out loud." -- Katy Rydell, Stories, Spring 1993
 
"My class loved this story. Great to use when introducing tall tales." -- D. Peccianti, Reviews of All Resources (Monterey Peninsula United School District)
 
"Introduces one amazing cowpoke. . . . Will have young listeners laughing out loud and asking you to 'read it again.'" -- Smithsonian, Nov. 1993
 
"Told in the spirited language of a true yarn-spinner, this is a rollicking picture book to warm the heart of just about everyone." -- Kids' Line, Summer 1993
 
"The old west is turned on its ear in this lighthearted tall tale. . . . Shepard's frontier vernacular manages to be both faithful to the genre and hilariously funny; the book reads aloud wonderfully. . . . Especially good for classroom use." -- Wendy E. Betts, The Web Online Review, Apr. 22, 1994
 
 

About Aaron Shepard

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Aaron Shepard is the author of many folktales, including Master Man: A Tall Tale of Nigeria, The Sea King's Daughter: A Russian Legend, The Baker's Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale, and The Maiden of Northland: A Hero Tale of Finland. He lives in the Los Angeles area.
 
Published July 31, 2014 by Skyhook Press. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Westerns, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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A tale collected by the WPA's Federal Writers' Project, admired by Carl Sandburg as ``a fresh modern masterpiece,'' and now reinterpreted by a ``story performer'' (The Legend of Lightning Larry, p.

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A ``performer of stories'' creates a tall-tale superhero for our time: when Larry strides into the Cottonmouth Saloon he orders lemonade, with a smile, and when he shoots outlaws like ``Crooked Curt'' and ``Evil-Eye McNeevil,'' it's ``just a little bolt of light'' that hits them right in the hear...

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In this haunting tale of unrequited love, a mandarin's beautiful daughter hears the ""deep and sweet"" voice of an unseen fisherman as he sings, and imagines him to be a mandarin's son in disguise.

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The king insists Sadko marry his daughter Volkhova, the nymph of the river the musician loves.

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On the verge of chucking his paint kit into the river, the despairing hero is approached--in a rather saccharine plot twist--by Michael, from the Heavenly Sign Company, and hired to paint the world's sunrises and sunsets.

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Shepard pulls out all the B-western cliches for this tale of a do-goodin' stranger wearing a yella hat and two unusual six-shooters.

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Lightning Larry is a character straight out of an old west Hollywood film.

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