Fall 2021

Casey Jones

From the Set Tall Tales

Based on a real person, this tall tale tells the story of legendary train engineer Casey Jones and his heroic last ride on the Cannonball Express. Additional features to aid comprehension include background information and historical context of the tale, and an introduction to the author and illustrator.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
$28.50 $19.95
$45.64 $31.95
  • Beginning of Text
  • Beyond the Story
  • About the Author/Illustrator
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Dewey B
Lexile 770L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level O
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Reinforced book, Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781503849990, 9781503851726
Copyright 2022, 2022
Number of Pages 24, 24
Dimensions 8 x 9.5, 8 x 9.5
Graphics Full-color illustrations

A noteworthy review of Tall Tales from School Library Journal on November 1, 2021

Famous American tall tales are retold for a new generation. The author uses conversational language to relay the story and follows it with an examination of the tale. Readers learn about historical facts that may have been the basis for the story as well as which aspects are made up. They also learn about different versions of the same story. The author expertly points out the exaggerated elements that make it a tall tale. Vibrant illustrations are scattered throughout the book and the pages are bordered with bold colors. The series is a treat to look at, but young readers might find the conversational language difficult to read. However, it does include excellent read-aloud stories, which is a fitting way to learn about oral tales. VERDICT Recommended for school libraries.

Author: M. J. York

M. J. York has an undergraduate degree in English and history and a master's degree in library science. M. J. lives in Minnesota and works as a children's-book editor. She has always been fascinated by myths, legends, and fairy tales from around the world.

Illustrator: Michael Garland

Michael Garland is a best-selling author and illustrator with thirty books to his credit. He has received numerous awards and his recent book, Miss Smith and the Haunted Library, made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Michael has illustrated for celebrity authors such as James Patterson and Gloria Estefan, and his book Christmas Magic has become a season classic. Michael lives in New York with his family.