Mogo, the Third Warthog (Hardcover)

By Donna Jo Napoli, Lita Judge (Illustrator)

Disney-Hyperion, 9781423108160, 208pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2008



Mogo may be the runt of the litter, but he's determined to make it in the tough African savanna. When he and his two brothers are cast out of their burrow in order to make space for a new litter, it's time for each of them to venture out and build a new home and a new life.

But the savanna is full of dangerous predators, and Mogo's bossy and lazy older brothers may not have what it takes to survive. On his own, Mogo must learn to battle not just lions, cheetahs, and wild dogs, but also fear and loneliness. Luckily, the friendship of a young baboon, who has also been cast out of his own community, helps Mogo find what he's been looking for: a life not just based on survival, but one that relishes in the joy of friendship and love.

Donna Jo Napoli, a master at retelling fables and fairy tales, spins a fascinating adventure from the story of The Three Little Pigs, while Lita Judge's black and white illustrations bring the unforgettable cast of characters to life.

About the Author

Donna Jo Napoli teaches linguistics at Swarthmore College and is the author of several novels for middle graders and young adults, including "Zel," an "American Bookseller" Pick of the Lists, a "Publishers Weekly" Best Book, a "Bulletin" Blue Ribbon Book, and a "School Library Journal" Best Book; "Song of the Magdalene," an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and an "American Bookseller" Pick of the Lists; "The Magic Circle, " an ALA Best Book for Young Readers; and "The Prince of the Pond: Otherwise Known as De Fawg Pin."

Lita Judge grew up with grandparents who kept owls and hawks ni the house as part of their research. Her parents were wildlife photographers. She now lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire, with her husband and two cats.