Joe Hayes must have had a singular growing up in the Arizona desert because he sure loves to write stories about it. And he tells those stories of his so much to audiences all over the United States that it seems like the stories just get more and more fantastic. I bet you've already heard the first tall tale he wrote—The Gum-Chewing Rattler—about a rattlesnake who chewed bubblegum. Yes, it's true. That scary snake even blew huuuuuge bubbles.
Now Joe has written a new story about his early years in Arizona. Joe, the kid, was a creature of habit. If he decided he liked to do something, he would do it over and over again. Like wear the same T-shirt until it nearly fell apart or use the same pencil until he'd sharpened it down to a nub. He also had a pair of black-and-white high-top sneakers that he loved to wear. He wore them every day. "Get rid of those shoes," his mother told him one morning. "They smell terrible!"
Did Joe listen? Not until he met the back end of a skunk.
And this wasn't just an ordinary skunk, but one who was lovesick.
But I'm not going to tell you who she was in love with. You'll have to find that out for yourself.
REVIEW BY: Angelina, age 9 years, 2 months
MAY CONTAIN SPOILER:
I really enjoyed this book!
It is about 2 boys and a mother, but the boys were not related, they were just best friends. One of the boys were some yucky pants every single day. He said he was not going to get rid of them until they were covered in holes! He came home and his mom saw another hole in his pants! His friend and him went to a camp and spotted a skunk that farted and stunk up the boy.
My favorite character is the mother because she is funny! My favorite part is at camp because it had me laughing like crazy!
I recommend this to anyone who needs a good laugh.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 and up.