The Gum-Chewing Rattler
By Joe Hayes
Illustrated by Antonio Castro L.
When Joe Hayes was a boy, he chewed lots of bubblegum. His mom would get so mad when the gum in his shirt pocket made a terrible mess in the wash.
But one wad of bubblegum just happened to save Joe from a rattlesnake's bite. Could you believe it? It really did happen!
About the Creators
Joe Hayes is one of America's premier storytellers. He grew up in a small town in southern Arizona where he started learning Spanish from his classmates. As Joe got older, he began reading the work of folklorists and anthropologists and gathering the old stories from the Southwest region. His books have received the Arizona Young Readers Award, two Land of Enchantment Children's Book Awards, the Texas Bluebonnet award, and the National Storytelling Network Talking Leaves Award. He lives in New Mexico.
Antonio Castro Lopez (L.) was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and has lived in the Juarez-El Paso area for most of his life. He has illustrated dozens of childrens' books including Barry, the Bravest Saint Bernard (Random House), Pajaro Verde, The Treasure on Gold Street, The Day It Snowed Tortillas and The Gum-Chewing Rattler (Cinco Puntos Press). His artwork for My Tata's Remedies/Los remedios de mi tata won a Pura Belpré Honor for illustration.