________________ CM . . . . Volume XVI Number 18 . . . . January 15, 2010

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Coyote's New Suit.

Thomas King. Illustrated by Johnny Wales.
Toronto, ON: Key Porter Books, 2004/2009.
40 pp., pbk. $11.95.
ISBN 978-1-55470-239-8.

Subject heading:
Animals-Juvenile fiction.

Kindergarten-grade 3 / Ages 5-8.

Review by Linda Ludke.

***½ /4

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A long time ago when animals and human beings still talked to each other, Coyote had a wonderful suit that he wore everywhere he went.

Each morning Coyote would walk down to the pond. "Look at my fine suit," Coyote told everyone he saw, stopping only to hug himself and blow kisses at his reflection in the water.

 

First published in 2004, Coyote's New Suit is now available in paperback. The text and illustrations remain the same as in the original edition. Vainly admiring his fur "suit," Coyote brags that he is the best-dressed creature in the forest. Raven, relishing an opportunity to egg on her friend, says she is more impressed with Bear's suit. Coyote grumbles, "What does Raven know about fashion," but when the grizzly goes swimming, Coyote decides to "borrow" Bear's suit for a while. Raven stirs up more trouble by telling the naked Bear that humans leave clothes they no longer want on ropes near their homes.

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     Johnny Wales' watercolour illustrations show Bear outrageously outfitted in gold-foil pedal-pushers and a floral blouse plucked from a clothesline while Coyote wears his new furry ensemble to the supermarket and bingo.

     Visiting the pond the next day, Coyote adds to his wardrobe by snitching Porcupine's "sporty" spiky suit. Later, Skunk, Raccoon, Beaver and Moose also climb out of the water to find their suits gone. Now that Coyote has a suit for every mood and occasion, the fashionista's closets are overflowing. Wiley Raven mediates again and suggests a yard sale. Mayhem ensues when the oddly-outfitted humans and animals meet.

     This trickster tale is brimming with comical situations. The witty text offers many funny quips such as: "Leather is always in fashion," when trying on Beaver's suit; and "This one is perfect for formal occasions," when trying on Skunk's striped suit. This paperback edition is solidly bound and will hold up to repeated readings.

Highly Recommended.

Linda Ludke is a librarian in London, ON.

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