These laugh-out-loud stories from New Hampshire and Vermont are set during the four seasons of the year. In his appealing dialect, the storyteller tells little-known tales, among them "Mothah Skunk", about a skunk and the night she had to move out with her kits because Sherman Curtis smelled so bad; the escapades of Big Gertie Benson, the lumberjacks' cook and a cousin of the Bunyans in the Midwest; and the story of George Petty, who delivered the mail even during mud season by standing on the back of his horse with only his head sticking out.
Interspersed throughout are comedic episodes, as an unsuspecting tourist tries to get information from the "locals".
A delightful preface about living in New Hampshire for the past 35 years and visiting the North Country since he was a boy, explains why Tomie DePaola has perfect pitch for the dialect and a genuine appreciation for these unforgettable characters and their understated humor. These tales are sure to be a hit with Tomie's fans, young and old.
©2007 Tomie DePaola (P)2008 Penguin