The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Appelt, Kathi

Audiobook CD - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
'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: CD Children APPELT
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (360 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Lovett, Lyle


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A Texas tall tale? Featuring raccoon detectives, the Sugar Man, and a horde of rowdy wild pigs? Read by Lyle Lovett? 'nuff said! Also available to download.

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Sep 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 29, 2013
  • m2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You haven't lived unless you've listened to Lyle Lovett (yes that one!) reading this sweet, folksy story with a strong undercurrent of ecological awareness. You will be on tenderhoods as the various threats to the swamp line up with just some racoon scouts and a 12 year old boy standing in their way. But don't count out the Sugar Man himself! You've gotta hear this one!


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