The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales

By Anne Shelby

96 pp., 6 x 9, 14 illus

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-8078-3163-2
    Published: October 2007
  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-9873-4
    Published: November 2009

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Awards & distinctions

2008 Aesop Accolade, Children's Folklore Section, American Folklore Society

A 2010 Delaware Diamonds Favorite Children's Book, Diamond State Reading Association

Combining traditional Appalachian folktale plots with a contemporary sensibility, writer and storyteller Anne Shelby creates fourteen lively, original stories of a funny, magical, yet familiar world.

Many of the stories feature a girl named Molly Whuppie, who is clever, brave, and strong. Encountering witches, giants, an ogre who refuses to do housework, unwanted boyfriends, and all manner of conundrums, Molly manages to outwit them all with a potent combination of nerve, trickery, and plain luck. Also appearing in the stories are Molly's sisters Polly and Betts, the famous Appalachian hero Jack (Molly saves him a few times), and three cornbread-baking mice.

These delightful and often surprising stories are sure to appeal to readers and listeners of all ages who enjoy an adventurous tale well told.

About the Author

Anne Shelby is a storyteller, poet, and award-winning author of children's books. She lives in southeastern Kentucky.
For more information about Anne Shelby, visit the Author Page.


"Fall in love with childhood again! . . . Good advice from the 14 stories . . . can be used by all."--Courier-Journal

"Storyteller Anne Shelby's updated Appalachian sensibility brings a charming twist to a collection of stories based on traditional tale types. The dynamic storytelling voice has the ring of folk wisdom, with a flair for the fun in the familiar."--Aesop Accolade citation, Children's Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society

"Young readers and listeners will make these stories their own and enjoy retelling them for a long time to come."--School Library Journal

"Storytellers . . . will relish these energetic stories, which skillfully juxtapose old-fashioned flavor and modern sensibilities."--The Horn Book Guide

"Anne Shelby has done Molly proud. . . . We need more women like Molly and more writers like Shelby, who is not only a good storyteller but also a good scholar. Her narrative voice helps us 'know' Molly, and her scholarship helps us value the folktale tradition and its living legacy."--Now and Then

"Storyteller Shelby uses warmth, folksy humor and unexpected turns of phrase to bring this plucky heroine to life, and McArdle's childlike, black-and-white illustrations provide an additional comic touch. A nice choice for intermediate and reluctant readers."--Kirkus Reviews