New York: Henry Holt and Company, (1991). Illustrated by Wil Clay. 0805006877. Inscribed and signed on free front endpaper by Wil Clay, dated 5 March 1997. Second printing. Maroon paper covered boards. Spine stamped in gold. Fine book. / In fine dust jacket. Item #187
"If you ever see a creature crawling through your wall with a great, big, long tail . . . don't take your hatchet and WHUMP! cut that thing's tail off. 'Cause the THING will come after you, calling, Tailypo, tailyhpo. All I want is my tailypo. And if what happens in this story happens to you, it might just get its tailypo back"
"This picture-book version brings out all the drama and spookiness of the story. Well composed for dramatic and spooky effect, Clay's vivid acrylic paintings in his first picture-book artwork show a strong narrative sense . . . . Middle-school kids might be mesmerized by whal and Clay's dramatic rendition." - Booklist.