Eight stories deal with ghosts, an Aztec stone, all-engulfing slime, a haunted camp, a volcanic eruption, monsters, a werewolf, and a vampireSpouts … the story of a baby whale with an unusual gift. In this wonderful whale’s tale children learn that it isn’t bad to be different and that each of us may be blessed with special gifts.
After their annual vacation to Hula Bear Island, Santa and his wife return to the North Pole to find they have a real problem which only Spouts, the baby whale, can solve for them.
This is a great read-aloud story for youngsters at Thanksgiving or Christmas time and is bound to become a Christmas classic.
Illustrations by the late, great cartoonist Joel Beck bring the story to life for the younger set. There are 34 full page color illustrations in “Spouts” by Joel. Although known primarily for his counter-culture cartoons of the 1960s, his illustrations for “Spouts” will steal the hearts of kids of all ages and is the last complete work by Mr. Beck prior to his untimely demise.
Kevin Fagan of the San Francisco Chronicle writes: “Spouts … inventive and refined. The drawings are among Beck’s best and fairly burst off the pages with color.”