- A Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, 2009
- Minnesota Book Award Finalist
Three warnings for readers who hate surprises:
- Beware of slivers;
- and gamblers;
- and aces.
Zebulon Crabtree found all that out the hard way back in 1849 when his mother and father shipped him off to St. Louis to apprentice with a tanner. Too bad he had serious allergies to fur and advice from his parents.
“…a tale that Mark Twain would be proud to call his own.” –School Library Journal
“Hilarious, touching and grounded in the American tall-tale tradition, Helgerson’s account of Zebulon Crabtree, who falls in with a riverboat gambler in 1849 St. Louis, has all the makings of a classic.” –Smithsonian