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Avalanche Annie : a not-so-tall tale
Wheeler, Lisa, 1963-
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First edition.
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San Diego : Harcourt, 2003.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
When the Yoohoos of northern Michisota are caught in an avalanche on Mt. Himalachia, little Annie Halfpint saves the day and earns a new nickname.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 71616.
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Way up in Michisota,
Annie's famous far and wide,
Because she roped an avalanche
and took it for a ride.

Told with read-aloud gusto by master rhymesmith Lisa Wheeler and illustrated--with tongue firmly in cheek--by Kurt Cyrus, Avalanche Annie is the wildest, woolliest, most awe-inspiring, and goofiest tall tale since Paul Bunyan hitched up Babe the Blue Ox.

Author Notes

LISA WHEELER is the author of several award-winning picture books, including Sixteen Cows, One Dark Night, and Mammoths On the Move, which received a Parent's Choice Recommended Award. She lives near Detroit, Michigan. Kurt Cyrus has hammered out such books as Billions of Bricks, Tadpole Rex, and Oddhopper Opera: A Bug's Garden of Verses. He has also illustrated books by authors such as Eve Bunting (The Bones of Fred McFee) , Lisa Wheeler (Mammoths on the Move), and M.T. Anderson (Whales on Stilts) . Kurt lives in a small town in Oregon. Visit him online at

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Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. Wheeler, the rollicking rhymer behind Sixteen Cows (2002), spins the not-so-tall tale of Annie Halfpint, a woman who fearlessly lassoes an avalanche and rides it from the top of Mount Himalachia into her northern Michisota town. Wheeler's rhythmic verse is peppered with whimsical words and imaginative word usage: It started on a noonday / in the frigid month of Mace, / when the folks in Yoohoo Valley / held their yearly snowshoe race. The annual snowshoe race is dramatically disrupted after Annie's yodel shakes the snow off the mountain. Undaunted, she lassoes the avalanche: She caught that slick side-winder, / She tied that shoosher down. / She hitched it like a doggy-sled / and rode it into town. In writing mellifluous metered verse, Wheeler succeeds admirably where many fail, and readers will revel in the playfulness of her poetry. Cyrus' lively, slightly Seussian illustrations effectively convey the force of an avalanche and the larger-than-life feats of a small but mighty heroine. --Karin Snelson Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-A new tall-tale heroine, Annie Halfpint, "just four foot three," saves the Yoohoos by roping an avalanche. The story line is the exaggerated sort typical of the genre, the setting is the nonexistent Michisota, and the text is sprinkled with nonsense words such as the month of Mace. The story is told in singsongy rhyme, and the cartoon illustrations show brightly clad characters and stylized rocks and surroundings. The text describes Annie as the offspring of an angel and a redwood tree, but also refers to her mukluks and snowshoes, and the illustrations give her a Native American appearance. Better tall-tale heroines are available in Anne Isaacs's Swamp Angel (Dutton, 1994) and Steven Kellogg's Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett (Morrow, 1995), although this is adequate where the author or illustrator has a following.-Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.