The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Audiobook CD - 2013
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'Raccoon brothers Bingo and J'miah are the newest recruits of the Official Sugar Man Swamp Scouts. The opportunity to serve the Sugar Man, the massive creature who delights in delicious sugar cane and magnanimously rules over the swamp, is an honor, and also a big responsibility, since the rest of the swamp critters rely heavily on the intel of these hardworking Scouts. Now it's up to the Scouts to save the swamp from attack by not only hogs, but developers as well"--Container.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781442366121
Branch Call Number: J TALK APPELT CD
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (360 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Lovett, Lyle


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Apr 22, 2017

An adorable story about humans and animals working to save the swamp they all call home. A great mix of realism and mysticism. The Sugar Man is the guardian of the swamp who sleeps until he is needed and it is the job of the scouts to wake him. I listened to this book and Lyle Lovett's voice was the perfect touch for this folksy tale.

JCLChrisK Sep 30, 2013

I'm sure Kathi Appelt is an excellent storyteller, but I just can't see it. While I enjoy her themes and plot elements, something about her folksy-cutesy narrative voice--and the way it shapes her unveiling of the plot--just grates on me to no end; her south Texas charm makes this Midwestern boy feel like an alien Yankee as far removed from her appeal as possible, and I have a hard time seeing past my annoyance with the surface telling to appreciate the underlying story. Still, I found this one much more palatable than The Underneath (with which this shares many similarities), Lyle Lovett's animated audiobook narration helped me imagine it was his tale and not hers, and her voice only occasionally intruded on a story I otherwise enjoyed. It wasn't my favorite, but I'll happily recommend it to others.
At heart, this book is an ode to the swamps of southeast Texas and those who dwell there. It weaves together many strands--a host of the plants and creatures who thrive there, both friendly and invasive; generations of humans, both friendly and invasive; commerce and industry; and the myths and legends of the swamp--into a climactic convergence that both is outlandish and makes perfect sense.


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