A Trickster Tale from Hawai'i
HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780152165901, 32pp.
Publication Date: April 6, 2009
Includes an author's note.
About the Author
Praise For Pig-Boy: A Trickster Tale from Hawai'i…
"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