Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India (Hardcover)

A Trickster Tale from India

By Gerald McDermott

Harcourt Children's Books, 9780152165963, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 23, 2011



Monkey is hungry for the delicious mangoes on the island in the river, but he can't swim How will he get there? Crocodile offers to carry Monkey across the water on his back, so Monkey hops aboard. Trouble is, Crocodile is hungry, too for Monkey Will clever Monkey come up with a way to get the mangoes "and" escape Crocodile's sharp teeth?Master storyteller and artist Gerald McDermott brings the vibrant colors of India to his telling of this classic trickster tale, which has plenty of cleverness and a sprinkling of mischief.

About the Author

GERALD MCDERMOTT (1941-2012) was an internationally acclaimed author-illustratorof books for children. A graduate of Pratt Institute in New York City and a lifelong artist, hebegan his career asan animated filmmaker before moving into the creation of children's books based on storytelling traditions from around the world. He was awarded the Caldecott Medal and two Caldecott Honors; his extensive and influential body of work includes six popular picture books focusing on the trickster motif. Devoted to oral tradition and the transformative power of mythology, he was the first Fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and served as a consultant on mythology in education. "

Praise For Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India

"Playfully told with succinct text and illustrations, this tale will appeal to a wide audience. It is both simple and sophisticated with subtle and not-so-subtle levels of irony…Once again McDermott proves his visual and storytelling mastery."—School Library Journal, starred review

"This is a tightly focused tale with a great payoff; playful, spirited Monkey comes out on top while devious and dimwitted Crocodile is left hungry, and listeners are certain to cheer for the cheeky primate’s final victory."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books