Horror overcome by humor in a classic tale retold by a modern storyteller
Something of a quest story for the picture book set, this playful horror tale sets young protagonists against “the Ghost of of Mable’s Gable.” In Jim May’s version of a story from children’s folklore, eighth grade boys swagger but fail, only to be followed by outdone by an unlikely heroine, “the Boo Baby Girl,” a toddler who will not be denied.
The Boo Baby girl tires of the boring life of a baby, crawling around, getting up, falling down, walking around the coffee table, falling down . . . she aims for more so she climbs out the window—miraculously, as soon as she is out the window she can walk, run, climb, and talk like a grownup. So she heads out to seek her fortune.
The first adventure she has is rescuing Bootsie, The Cattle-hearding Chiahuahua. Bootsie has been kicked by a cow and is bleeding. Boo has some band aids in her pack – this pack will be like Bill Lepp’s magical Swiss Army Knife, containing everything from sophisticated medical supplies, to lasers, to time machines, and, of course her pacifier, which she affectionately calls her “suckie.”
She saves Bootsie, who is bilingual. He thanks her in Spanish: “Muchas Gracias mi muchacha.” She does not understand so not only do they have adventures for the rest of the book but he teaches her some fun Spanish phrases like: NO TOQUEZ NADA (Don’t Touch!) if someone is bothering them. Their main job is to face ghosts, and monsters, demons: boogies, the boo hag, banshees, and . . .
"A brilliant mixture of story, philosophy, humor and wisdom, this book reminds us that---if we are open to story, dreams, imagination, and myth---we can open doors within our soul."
—Jay O’Callahan, author, storyteller, and NPR commentator
A lifetime collection of stories, wise words, assembled musings and quotations about overcoming hurdles, elusive enlightenment, personal evolution, persistence in the face of discouragement, this pastiche is designed to encourage the downhearted, lift up the strivers, and add wings to the heels of spiritual seekers.