A Trickster Tale from Hawai'i
By Gerald McDermott
(Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152165901, 32pp.)
Publication Date: April 2009
Categories: Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
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Pig-Boy is hairy. Pig-Boy is dirty. Pig-Boy is hungry! And when trouble comes, he knows just what to do. (Of course, escaping trouble comes easily to a trickster, who can shape-shift his way out of sticky situations just in time!) With the tropical colors and cadences of the islands, master artist and storyteller Gerald McDermott brings irrepressible humor and energy to a Hawaiian trickster tale that's been beloved for generations.
Includes an author's note.
GERALD MCDERMOTT is an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator and the creator of numerous award-winning books and animated films for children. Winner of the Caldecott Medal and two Caldecott Honors, he is also a consultant to the Joseph Campbell Foundation on mythology in education. Mr. McDermott lives in Southern California. www.geraldmcdermott.com
"The boldly colored art is dynamic and reflects both the humor of the sprightly text and the author/illustrator's background as an animator in its visual pacing. The tale itself has just enough folkloric elements to convey action, character and setting without bogging down in detail. An author's note supplies bibliographic and historical information. Good rascally fun."--Kirkus Reviews
". . . lovely gouache-and–colored pencil artwork creates such nuanced texture that you nearly expect Pig-Boy’s hide to feel fuzzy . . . intriguing offering."--Booklist
"The text is nicely turned with a folkloric touch at times . . . The Hawaiian locale offers a pleasing new setting in McDermott's established folkloric oeuvre; the rich, jewel-toned illustrations, full of purples and greens, reverberate with island colors and tropical shades."--The Bulletin
"This gleeful, preposterous trickster is especially well realized in the illustrations. McDermott’s simple figures—set off by swaths of brilliant tropical greens and blues on a heavy watercolor paper that provides the texture he uses to give them dimension—have a monumental strength that in no way detracts from their humor or from the liveliness of Pig-Boy’s mischief. A rousing good story that should also, as McDermott suggests, arouse interest in the traditions from which it comes."--The Horn Book Magazine
"The purple trickster pig stands out against backgrounds of emerald green. People and chickens wear yellow-gold and orange, and the sea is a deep, bright blue. A note about the Pig-Boy character is included. This fine introduction to a classic Hawaiian trickster should have a place in most collections."--School Library Journal