Zomo the Rabbit

A Trickster Tale from West Africa

By Gerald McDermott; Tim Peck (Editor)
(Harcourt Brace and Company, Hardcover, 9780152999674, 32pp.)

Publication Date: September 1992

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Zomo the rabbit, a trickster from West Africa, wants wisdom. But he must accomplish three apparently impossible tasks before Sky God will give him what he wants. Is he clever enough to do as Sky God asks? The tale moves along with the swift concision of a good joke, right down to its satisfying punch line. --"Publishers Weekly " Wildly exuberant, full of slapstick and mischief, this version of an enduring Nigerian trickster tale, featuring a clever rabbit, is a storyteller's delight. --"Booklist"

About the Author
Caldecott Medalist Gerald McDermott's illustrated books and animated films have brought him international recognition. He is highly regarded for his culturally diverse works inspired by traditional African and Japanese folktales, hero tales of the Pueblos, and the archetypal mythology of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. It was his fascination with the imagery of African folklore that led him to the story of "Anansi the Spider". McDermott was born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Cass Technical High School, where he was awarded a National Scholastic Scholarship to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Once in New York, he began to produce and direct a series of animated films on mythology in consultation with renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell. These films became the basis for McDermott's first picture books. Among his many honors and awards are the Caldecott Medal for "Arrow to the Sun", a Pueblo myth, and Caldecott honors for "Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti" and "Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest". In addition, McDermott is Primary Education Program Director for the Joseph Campbell Foundation.

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