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The Shark King (Toon Books)

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Publisher Comments:

Meet Nanaue, a boy craving to be who he truly is.

From the islands of Hawaii comes the electrifying tale of Nanaue, who has to balance his yearning for Dads guidance with his desire for Moms nurture. Award-winning cartoonist R. Kikuo Johnson transports young readers to the lush tropical shores of his native Hawaii. Fluent or not, young readers will be thrilled when they experience the transformative powers of a stirring literary work.

Review:

"Maritime cultures around the world have tales of otherworldly beings who take human spouses, some malevolent, some benevolent, and some too alien for human concepts to apply. In this variation, a Hawaiian woman named Kalie catches the eye of a handsome young man. It is only after their love produces the boy Nanaue that Kalie learns that her strange suitor is none other than the Shark King, a polymorphic being of great power. The Shark King, concerned for the future of his son, abandons his wife to build a refuge for Nanaue, leaving his wife with an unsatisfactory explanation and an odd but endearing boy. As Nanaue grows, he will be faced with a choice: remain with his human mother, isolated from society, or embrace his father's heritage and seek his fortunes under the sea. The Shark King is straightforward but engaging, led by Johnson's standout, classically influenced art. Ages 4 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

R. Kikuo Johnson grew up in Hawaii on the island of Maui. For generations, native Hawaiians have told tales of the shape-shifting shark god Kamohaoalii; The Shark King is the artists version of one such tale about the insatiable appetite of Kamohoaliis son, Nanaue. Kikuos 2005 graphic novel Night Fisher — also set in Hawaii — earned him both a Harvey Award and the Russ Manning Award for best new cartoonist. He spent his childhood exploring the rocky shore at low tide in front of his grandmothers house and diving with his older brother. Since moving to the mainland, Kikuo has discovered the joys of swimming in fresh water and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he enjoys cooking, playing his ukulele, and riding his bike all over the city.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781935179160
Author:
Johnson, R. Kikuo
Publisher:
Toon Books
Author:
Loeffler, Trade
Subject:
Readers - Beginner
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
graphic novel;hawaii;comics
Series:
Toon
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4-COLOR
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
9.32 x 6.6 x 0.41 in 0.555 lb
Age Level:
from 4 up to 8

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Maritime cultures around the world have tales of otherworldly beings who take human spouses, some malevolent, some benevolent, and some too alien for human concepts to apply. In this variation, a Hawaiian woman named Kalie catches the eye of a handsome young man. It is only after their love produces the boy Nanaue that Kalie learns that her strange suitor is none other than the Shark King, a polymorphic being of great power. The Shark King, concerned for the future of his son, abandons his wife to build a refuge for Nanaue, leaving his wife with an unsatisfactory explanation and an odd but endearing boy. As Nanaue grows, he will be faced with a choice: remain with his human mother, isolated from society, or embrace his father's heritage and seek his fortunes under the sea. The Shark King is straightforward but engaging, led by Johnson's standout, classically influenced art. Ages 4 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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