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ABOUT THE BOOK
Simple, subtle, and drolly funny, the Pumphrey brothers' newest picture book is a layered exploration of the foolishness of making assumptions and the virtue of curiosity.
When four swamp creatures looking to cross a river come upon a log that would allow for precisely that, they can't believe their luck. But a questionable tail adjacent to that log gives them second thoughts. Opossum believes it's a sneaky tail and that they must pass it quietly. Squirrel thinks it's a scary tail that can be cowed by intimidation. Rabbit decides it's a mean tail that deserves a taste of its own medicine. As the critters exhaust approaches one by one, Mouse, the smallest of the lot, observes their folly and adjusts accordingly. But is it the mouse or the tail that will defy expectations?
Pairing their iconic illustration style with a wry irreverence, the Pumphrey brothers have crafted a delightful tale that reminds us to think before we act.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Jarrett has been a storyteller most his life, both on his own and in collaboration with Jerome. While their earliest work remains locked in a drawer-the key long lost for good measure-their first co-authored book, "Creepy Things Are Scaring Me" , was published by HarperCollins in 2003. Since then, Jarrett has been honing his skills of storytelling as an entrepreneur. He's served as creative director for multiple technology companies and, most recently, as co-founder and CEO of a startup in the high-tech world of clear removable orthodontics. During his time there, he and his team crafted a compelling story, built a brand around it, and then sold it all in late 2017 . A member of SCBWI, Jarrett now spends his time writing and drawing in his home near Austin, TX, where he lives with his wife, their two boys, and a dog named Whiskey. When he's not writing or drawing, you might find him fishing on a river somewhere or tinkering under the hood of his new old F100 .
Jerome is a designer, illustrator , and writer, originally from Houston, TX. He studied graphic design at the Art Institute of Austin and has worked as a technical writer, freelance graphic designer, and illustrator. Since 2016 he has been a graphic designer at The Walt Disney Company where he uses design and illustration to visually tell stories in print, digital, and immersive experiences for Disney global business development. He works primarily from his home office near Clearwater, FL, where he lives with his wife, daughter, and son. Jerome is a member of the SCBWI and shares a previous author credit with Jarrett for "Creepy Things Are Scaring Me ", which they wrote as teenagers.