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?
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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 www.timegan.com. For a complete list of books by Tim Egan, visit www.houghton mifflinbooks.com.
Readers who were charmed by the subtle illustrations and dry wit of Egan's Friday Night at Hodges' Cafe will find more of the same in his second picture book. Chestnut Cove, a coastal village, harbors a neighborly population of animal characters, most of them hippo-like. When their king says he'll bequeath his realm to "whosoever grows the largest and juiciest watermelon," the townsfolk scoff-at first. 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. Only when Eloise slips off a cliff and Joe Morgan climbs to her rescue do Chestnut Cove's denizens agree to resume their friendly ways. Egan follows a familiar recipe for conflict in introducing the town-wide competition; his tale of how greed can threaten friendship is well-worn but astutely told. Although some may wish for a less moralistic tale, the author's artwork-with its warm, organic tones of green, gray, brown and yellow-is both highly original in its sensibility and classic in its appeal. Ages 4-8.
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Descripción HMH Books for Young Readers, 1995. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0395698235
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