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Epossumondas Saves the Day
by Coleen Salley
Order:  USA  Can
Harcourt, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

This is the latest installment in the series of books starring Epossumondas, a lovable diaper-clad possum living in Louisiana with Mama (who is human).

It is Epossumondas' birthday, and Mama plans to bake him his favorite dessert of strawberry shortcake, made with biscuits. However, Mama is plum out of baking soda, or, as they call it in Louisiana, sody sallyraytus. One party guest after another goes to buy some sody sallyratus, but mysteriously, no one returns, thanks to a hungry Louisiana snapping turtle. Of course, as is revealed in the title, there is a happy ending.

This charming book is so chock full of Southernisms, you will be compelled to read it out loud in a Southern accent; it just won't work any other way! An example: 'Oh, my sweet little patootie saved us! Honey, you're gooder 'n' grits,' cried Mama. Stevens rounds out the fun with her usual style of artwork: bold, vivid and detailed. This book will likely appeal most to younger children, though all ages will enjoy Epossumondas' adventures.

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