Lies and Other Tall Tales

Adapted and Illustrated by Christopher Myers
Childrens books
(hardcover)
HarperCollins Publishers
October 11, 2005
9780060006556

What’s the shortest man you ever seen?

I seen a man so short, he had to get up on a box to look over a grain of sand.

And the fastest?

I seen a man run so hard that he lost his feets.

Back in the day, there were liars who could lie so good, you didn’t even want to know the truth. And we have Zora Neale Hurston to thank for collecting their stories. In lies, Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor artist Christopher Myers has created expressive collages that are as bold and wild as the whoppers Hurston encountered on her travels in the Gulf States. Here’s a visual treat that will tickle your funny bone.

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The Skull Talks Back and Other Haunting Tales

Adaptaded by Joyce Carol Thomas, Illustrated by Leonard Jenkins
Childrens books
(hardcover)
HarperCollins Publishers
July 27, 2004
9780060006310

Do you dare to cross paths with …

An enchantress who can slip in and out of her skin, A man more evil than the devil, A skull who talks back, A pair of creepy feet that can walk on their own?

Spooky, chilling, and fantastical, this collection of six scary tales will send shivers up your spine!

The stories in the skull talks back have been selected from Every Tongue Got To Confess, Zora Neale Hurston’s third volume of folklore. Through Joyce Carol Thomas’s carefully adapted text and Leonard Jenkins’s arresting illustrations, the soulful, fanciful imaginations of ordinary folk will reach readers of all ages.

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