“The rich, colorful language of tall tales with its exaggerations and hyberboles is perfect for story telling. . . . The events are an absolute hoot with the swirling, moving illustrations highlighting the inventiveness of the text.”
—Scripps Treasure Coast Newspaper
“Jan Day . . . paints a colorful tall tale.”
When a dangerous hurricane blows into Florida, tall-tale hero Kissimmee Pete is blown headfirst into his craziest adventure yet. As the dark clouds take over the sky and the gusts of wind send his herd of wild cattle clear across town, Pete must rally up his animal friends to save the townspeople from the deadly storm.
Written in Jan Day’s unique lyrical style that is as much fun to say as it is to read, Kissimmee Pete and the Hurricane is a fantastic adventure for all readers as legendary cow hunter Pete struggles to contain the rising flood waters, lassos the roaring wind, and saves the day for everyone. The book also includes a fact sheet on Florida, the cow trade, and the lives of actual cracker cow hunters like Kissimmee Pete.
About the Author
Jan Day lives in Okeechobee, Florida, surrounded by the ranches and prairies where she set her third book, Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter. Day is the author of The Pirate, Pink and Pirate Pink and Treasures of the Reef, also published by Pelican. Having published poetry and short fiction, Day offers writing workshops for schoolchildren and participates in a variety of children’s publishing panels. Her first children’s book, The Pirate, Pink, was selected for the Children’s Book Council’s Children’s Choices 2002 program.
About the Illustrator
Janeen Mason, the brush-snappin’, paint-crackin’ illustrator, brings Kissimmee Pete to life in her fourth book with Jan Day. She illustrated The Pirate, Pink; Pirate Pink and Treasures of the Reef; and Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter. An award-winning artist, Mason is a popular speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences, and she exhibits her art nationwide. She is also the author and illustrator of Ocean Commotion: Sea Turtles, which has been called a “visually stunning sea turtle odyssey” by the president of the Ocean Research & Conservation Association. Mason lives in Stuart, Florida.
KISSIMMEE PETE AND THE HURRICANE
By Jan Day
Illustrated by Janeen Mason
JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / Weather
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus. 1 color map