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Anansi and the Talking Melon (1ST ed.)
Contributor(s):Kimmel, Eric A (Author) , Kimmel, Eric A (Retold by) , Stevens, Janet (Illustrator)

ISBN: 0823411044   EAN: 9780823411047
Publisher: Holiday House
US SRP: $ 17.95 US 
Binding: Hardcover
Language(s): English
Pub Date: 03/01/1994
Annotation: A clever spider tricks Elephant and some other animals into thinking the melon in which he is hiding can talk.

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Additional Information
OCLC Number: OCLC#28549401
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | General
LC Subjects:
-Anansi (Legendary character) -Folklore
INGRAM Categories:
- Cultural Region | African Studies
Dewey: E
LC Call Number: PZ8.1.K567
LCCN: 93004239
Features: Ikids, Illustrated
Target Age Group: 05 to 08
Physical Info: 0.33" H x 9.73" L x 10.34" W (0.82 lbs) 36 pages

Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

School Library Journal (03/01/1994):
K-Gr 2-Another of Kimmel's retellings of the fabled African spider and his escapades, joining Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock (1990) and Anansi Goes Fishing (1992, both Holiday). In this tale, lazy Anansi eats his way into Elephant's melon but is then too bloated to crawl out. The always sneaky spider decides it is a perfect opportunity to play a trick and so convinces the animal that he owns a talking melon. Elephant can't wait to share his discovery with King Monkey. Along the way he is joined by Hippo, Warthog, Ostrich, Rhino, and Turtle. King Monkey, skeptical at first, becomes irate when the melon insults him. Of course, the resulting mayhem only adds to Anansi's delight. The same elements that made Kimmel's earlier books popular are in evidence here. The snappy narration is well suited for individual reading or group sharing. The colorful line-and-wash illustrations are filled with movement and playful energy. Stevens's anthropomorphic animals are both expressive and endearing. A surefire hit.-Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI

Booklist (02/15/1994):
Ages 4-8. In a very funny trickster tale, Anansi the Spider outwits all the great galumphing gullible animals, including Elephant, Hippo, Warthog, and even the stupid king. Hiding inside a melon, the wily spider tricks the animals, one by one, into believing that the melon can talk, and what he says is usually an insult. The setting is vaguely tropical, and Stevens' double-page comic illustrations show the furious animals in all their ridiculous contortions as they try to work out what's going on with the swelling luscious fruit that is badmouthing them. The melon's most outrageous insult is that the animals are stupid enough to talk to melons. With perfect pacing and repetition and with surprising reversals up to the very last page, this is a great choice for reading aloud and storytelling. ((Reviewed Feb. 15, 1994))(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 1994, American Library Association.)

Marc Notes:
A clever spider tricks Elephant and some other animals into thinking the melon in which he is hiding can talk.;004-008.

Publisher Marketing:

A spider tricks other animals into thinking a melon can talk.

Review Citations:
  • School Library Journal 03/01/1994 pg. 216 (EAN 9780823411047, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Booklist 02/15/1994 pg. 1086 (EAN 9780823411047, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/1995 pg. 12 (EAN 9780823411047, Hardcover)
  • Kirkus Review - Children 02/01/1994 pg. 145 (EAN 9780823411047, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/1994 pg. 341 (EAN 9780823411047, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 01/01/1996 pg. 110 (EAN 9780823411047, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/2001 pg. 108 (EAN 9780823411047, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/2006 pg. 132 (EAN 9780823411047, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/2010 pg. 179 (EAN 9780823411047, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 01/01/1996 pg. 110 (EAN 9780823411672, Paperback)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/2001 pg. 108 (EAN 9780823411672, Paperback)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/2006 pg. 132 (EAN 9780823411672, Paperback)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/2010 pg. 179 (EAN 9780823411672, Paperback)

Contributor Bio: Kimmel, Eric A
Award-winning author Eric A. Kimmel is a native of New York who taught teachers as a professor of Education at Indiana University at South Bend and Portland State University. His favorite classes were children s literature, language arts, storytelling, and handwriting. He left the university in 1993 to become a full-time writer, a dream he had had since kindergarten. Eric has written more than fifty books and has won numerous awards. He and his wife, Doris, live in Portland, Oregon.

Contributor Bio: Stevens, Janet
Janet Stevens is the author and illustrator of many beloved picture books, including "Tops & Bottoms, " a Caldecott Honor Book. With her sister and co-author, Susan Stevens Crummel, she created the acclaimed best-sellers "The Great Fuzz Frenzy, " "Help Me, Mr. Mutt!, The Little Red Pen" and more. She is also the illustrator of the Epossumondas books, written by renowned storyteller Coleen Salley.Janet Stevenslives in Colorado. For more information, visit

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