Coyote Tales by Thomas King, illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler

    Coyote Tales by Thomas King, illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler, Groundwood Books, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-55498-833-4

Format: hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 4

Genre: folktales

What did you like about the book? This book features two stories about coyote and the other forest animals. In each one, coyote is a bit of a troublemaker although not as much as he originally seems to be. In Coyote Sings to the Moon, the moon runs away from coyote’s terrible singing voice, but in the end coyote is the one who helps bring the moon back to her rightful place in the sky. In Coyote’s New Suit, a mischievous raven is really the instigator of the trouble, leading to a one-of-a-kind yard sale where both the humans and the animals find out what happened to their stolen suits. The tales are humorous and told with a light touch. The pencil-sketch illustrations contribute an old-fashioned feel and add to the humor. Particularly noteworthy is a drawing of a moose in a dress at the yard sale, arms crossed, eyeing the little girl who is sporting his fur suit. Early chapter book readers should be able to read these stories on their own, or they would be a fun family read-aloud, perhaps around the campfire or fireplace.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No, this was a quick, entertaining read.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Read Alikes? Recommend to readers who enjoy folktales and fables. Readers who enjoy these stories might also want to explore Thornton Burgess’ classic animal stories.

Who should buy this book? Elementary schools and public libraries should consider purchasing this book.

Where would you shelve it ?  I would shelve it either with the early chapter books or with the fables and folktales at 398.2.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Not necessarily, but it is a quick, entertaining read and the illustrations are wonderful.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Renée Wheeler, Leominster Public Library, Leominster, MA

Date of review: July 28, 2017

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