the sequel to the sequel to "Brian the crap vampire" Yet again the world needs saving and we know just the guys to get it right
Cheeky, impossible, hilarious, this collection of tall stories, poems and dodgy tales is an irresistible introduction to the great Aussie tradition of yarn spinning.
Growing up in the country is by far one of the best learning environments any family might desire. Of course, these were the days of dirt roads and friendly neighbors. It was a time when a dollar went a long way and when a meal was included in your pay when working for one of the local farmers. We knew how to make our own fun riding our bikes, playing in the creeks, climbing trees, to say nothing of the amazing pets we enjoyed. Summer or winter, life in the country was great. This is where I had my beginning, and maybe this is why we did all the wild and crazy things you will discover herein. Yes, this is where it all began.
It has been my observation that most everyone enjoys a good story. It doesn't matter the subject or place as long as it is interesting enough to read. A good story doesn't have to prove a point, set an example, or provide a lesson, but it must feed the imagination, touch the heart or stir the reader's curiosity. Some of these stories may stray from the truth while others touch reality. Some are just a figment of the imagination while others are strange, true and believable . A story can be whatever the reader wants it to be.
LITERATURE AND THE CHILD, 8th Edition, covers the two major topical areas of children's literature: the genres of children's literature (picturebooks, contemporary realistic fiction, etc.) and the use of children's literature in the classroom. The book offers succinct yet beautifully written and illustrated discussions that reflect the tone and feel of children's books. Featuring discussions of the latest works of children's literature, the book includes coverage of the growing importance of young adult literature as well as emphasis on upper-level children's literature and adolescent literature. The authors pay careful attention to diversity in children's literature and equip readers with practical, research-based teaching ideas linked to the Common Core English Language Arts Standards for grades kindergarten through eight. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
As the hurricane approaches, take refuge, settle down to a few drinks of rum & rain, and soon you'll be raucously entertained with these 16 stories of madness and mayhem of life afloat and ashore in t
Most of these stories are true. Some are fabrications. "The Gun Show" is one. It is a loose interpretation of an event. If you are familiar with the event, you will understand the satire. The stories, such as "The Great Possum Slayer," tell of a hunting adventure. We are all guilty of doing something to a friend in the name of fun. "The night Before Christmas" describes a practical joke that turned out better than planned! Several stories, as an example, "BB'S & Bumblebees," reflect on our desire to imitate our parents. Several of the stories convey a safety message. "The Hazards of Plastic Bullets," is an example that shows what can happen in the blink of an eye when we choose to disregard a simple safety statement. Some of the stories deal with older people and a time not so long ago. These people believed that you took care of your problem. You will notice in these stories, the problem would have gone away or been taken care of long before law enforcement could arrive. With our modern communications we can now summon the Calvary in an instant. It has not been too long ago that this was not the case in a lot of areas of our great nation. "The Letter," is an adaptation of a letter I want read at my funeral. Surprise, fear, courage, fortitude and a child's belief that they are bullet proof are all expressed in stories in this book. A book of this nature easily causes us to reflect on our lives and events that have slipped into our fading memory. If this book reminds a single individual of any similar events in their past, makes them a safer individual, or makes them laugh it will have succeed in its purpose beyond expectations.
From pioneer tales to urban myths, folklore expert Graham Seal has gathered some of the best Australian stories from around the country, and this?new edition contains?10 extra stories. Australia has a rich tradition of story telling that reflects?a unique history and experience. Great Australian Stories is the most representative collection available of the stories?Aussies tell about themselves. Graham Seal explains where the stories come from, and why even the outright lies reveal a truth of sorts.
"Paul Bunyan yarns have generally been conceded first place among the lies of all time, but here is Febold Feboldson, a Swede who has pushed his way out front and deserves recognition as the most accomplished, the most unqualified, the least repetitious, and--for a change--the most laughable legendary figure to steal the spotlight."--Buffalo, N.Y., Evening News. "Gorgeous reading for all who love genuine Americana."--The American Mercury. "Let us give Febold his full due as a purely regional phenomenon. As such--as an expression of the never-ending fight of Nebraskans against drought, flood, blistering heat, paralyzing cold, choking dust, and bottomless mud--he is very nearly perfect. . . . Paul Beath has done regional literature a service by collecting these richly imaginative tales."--Victor P. Hass, Chicago Sunday Tribune Magazine of Books. "Everyone who loves American folklore will welcome this book. . . . The book contains no less than fourteen tales or groups of anecdotes, all of them cheerful, sly, or hilarious."--Stanley Vestal, The Daily Oklahoman. "Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and others of heroic mold may move over and listen a while. . . . Febold, the big Swede who homesteaded down on the Dismal River, his only neighbors the Dirtyleg tribe of Indians, is a folk character made almost before our eyes."--Kansas City Star.
Captain Gus has fished Lake Norman since its inception in the early 1960's. He enjoys sharing his fishing knowledge and boating experience with others. Gus owns and operates a multi-dimensional company, Lake Norman Ventures, Inc. that not only provides fishing guide services, but also charter boat services in luxurious boats for touring Lake Norman. In addition to operating the "premier fishing guide service on Lake Norman," he is also an outdoor columnist. His weekly column, "Fishing with Gus!" is published regularly and read by thousands in many local newspapers. Captain Gus provides speeches and demonstrations to clubs and organizations about lake issues and boater safety. He conducts fishing clinics and seminars at local establishments and at fishing and boating expos. His website, Fishin' with Gus! (www.FishingWithGus.com) features his writings, including his weekly fishing column, a monthly fishing forecast, and new, fun fishing stories from the "Fish Tales and Other Stories" series.
To Carolyn Brown s mind, the tall tale is not necessarily an account of the adventures of a larger-than-life hero, nor is it just a humorous first-person narrative exaggerated to outlandish proportions. It is as well an interaction between teller and audience a game played at the hazy border between the credible and the incredible, a challenge and an entertainment at the same time. The tall tale is also a social statement that identifies and binds a folk group by flaunting the peculiar knowledge and experiences of group members, and it is a tool for coping with a stressful or even chaotic world, for conquering life s problems by laughing at them.
Motojournalism isn't like most jobs. On any given day you might show up for work and...Log a thousand miles in 24 hours on a Harley Softail just to see if you can, and learn how some riders do that for 11 days in a row--and call it fun.Cling to the bars of an FZR1000 streaking down the Mistral Straight at the Paul Ricard Circuit in the south of France, watching the speedo needle creep past the 160 mark.Gaze in awe at the breathtaking emptiness of Alaska from the saddle of a high-mile dual-sport, or get hopelessly lost in the sun-parched landscape of eastern Washington state on a Gold Wing as black as sin.Ride one of Kenny Roberts' TZ750 roadracers, then sit on the dusty floor of an empty racetrack building and talk to the King about it for a couple of hours.Trail sparks from your footpegs on the notorious Sunday Morning Ride, or cross several state lines in a day to eat a monster chiliburger with a dozen of your best and craziest friends.Missed Shifts is a collection of these and other stories told in the unique voice of veteran motojournalist Jerry Smith, who served on the staff of Rider, Cycle Guide, and Motorcyclist before setting out on a freelance career that's 30 years old and counting. In this book he has gathered some of his favorite pieces, crafted in his witty style, and presented from his slightly off-center point of view.No matter what you ride--or whether you ride it solo or with friends--put up your sidestand, hit the starter, and come along for the ride.
The storytelling tradition has long been an important piece of Kentucky history and culture. Folktales, legends, tall tales, and ghost stories hold a special place in the imaginations of inventive storytellers and captive listeners. In Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies Kentucky storyteller Mary Hamilton narrates a range of stories with the voice and creativity only a master storyteller can evoke. Hamilton has perfected the art of entrancing an audience no matter the subject of her tales. Kentucky Folktales includes stories about Daniel Boone's ability to single-handedly kill a bear, a daughter who saves her father's land by outsmarting the king, and a girl who uses gingerbread to exact revenge on her evil stepmother, among many others. Hamilton ends each story with personal notes on important details of her storytelling craft, such as where she first heard the story, how it evolved through frequent re-tellings and reactions from audiences, and where the stories take place. Featuring tales and legends from all over the Bluegrass State, Kentucky Folktales captures the expression of Kentucky's storytelling tradition.
Describes important childhood themes, how to inspire children to explore them, and how to create corresponding programs in classroom, library, camp, and club settings.
The Kid Looks Back is a collection of sixty-eight stories that cover a wide range of topics. I hope that his book will be a gentle hiding place where you can go to get away from something, return to something or go where you have never been. Some of these stories are true. Others are factually true, although bit embellished. Others are outright fabrications. Most look back to a kinder, mellower time. Digging for worms, swimming in a pond, using an outhouse or wading in a river may bring gross evaluations from our urbanized cousins. I hope that this book introduces them to life – with a smile. Most of the stories have a message. Many are simply humorous. Entertainment is the motive. Carefree is the mood. Try to find yourself within these pages. May the beak of reality crack your comfort shell. Start anywhere. Finish anytime. Enjoy!
New England Tall Tales & White Lies is a vivid compilation of over 150 Yankee humor stories and anecdotes--recollections of twentieth century rural New England revealed through its wit and wisdom.