Synopses & Reviews
Of all the animals in the rain forest, Jabutand#237; was the favorite. His shell was smooth and shiny, and the songs he played on his flute were sweet.
But his music was a reminder, too, of the mischievous pranks Jabutand#237; sometimes played. His song reminded Tapir of being tricked, Jaguar of being fooled, and time and again it reminded Vulture that he had no song at all. When a concert takes place in heaven, Vulture offers to fly Jabutand#237; there . . . all the while plotting a trick of his own.
Gerald McDermott makes myths new again for readers of all ages, using language as vibrant and colorful as his bold illustrations.and#160;Jabutand#237; is an unusual tale of a tricksterand#8217;s fall from grace, and of how creation can sometimes come from chaos.
and#8220;Kids will love the action and the brilliantly colored art.and#8221;and#8212;Sesame Street Parents
and#8220;A splendid tale, perfectly paced for an amusing read-aloud.and#8221;and#8212;Publishers Weekly
and#8220;This is great for story-telling: kids will love the slapstick action and the bright, comic art.and#8221;and#8212;Booklist
and#8220;Lively, visually splendid, and sure to appeal.and#8221;and#8212;Kirkus Review
star and#8220;Amusing and well-conceived.and#8221;and#8212;School Library Journal
star and#8220;Elegant...masterfully executed.and#8221;and#8212;Publishers Weekly (starred review)
and#8220;Mr. McDermott is not only a picture-book artist of the first rank, but also one of our most gifted retellers of myth and folk tale.and#8221;and#8212;The New York Times Book Review
"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 ironyand#8230;Once again McDermott proves his visual and storytelling mastery."and#8212;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 primateand#8217;s final victory."and#8212;The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and#160;
"A fine addition to the body of work by a proven master."--Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will revel in this whimsical folktale . . . McDermott's words paint beautiful stories and wonderful pictures."--Library Talk
"Color springs from the pages . . . Simply written and well paced, this will make an imaginative read-aloud choice for classroom units on the rain forest."--Booklist
"A simple yet lyrical tale that is as satisfying to hear as it is to read."
--School Library Journal
"Exuberant . . . A terrific read-aloud."--Booklist "A wonderful tale of joy and love, as robust and vivid as the wide West . . . A splendid, colorful, and most welcome addition to the tall-tale genre."--School Library Journal
A Caldecott Honor Book
An ALA Notable Childrenand#8217;s Book
Aand#160;School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and#8220;Beauty aside, this also has a panache and sly wit that will please children and their parents, who will be called on to peruse the book again and again.and#8221;--Booklist and#160; "[A] humorously original tale. . . . A voluptuous book."and#8212;School Library Journal
"Like a cinematographer, Say, in perhaps his best work to date, pays tribute to a bygone era with a brief slice-of-life story about a boyand#8217;s encounter with a sing painter. . . . . Say subtly and ingeniously blends a feeling of nostalgia with a hard-hitting immediacy. . . . The images and the boyand#8217;s passion as an artist will remain with [readers]." and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Studying sayand#8217;s technique could inspire any aspiring painter." and#8212;Horn Book (9-10/00) Horn Book
"In a tribute to many modern artists, includijng Hopper, Warhol, and Magritte, Say shows and tells how their pictures make you feel and how the surreal is part of a young man's search for himself." and#8212;Booklist (19/01/00 Booklist, ALA
Kirkus Reviews (9/15/00) Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal (9/00) School Library Journal
Clever monkey outwits wily crocodile in this acclaimed trickster tale from Caldecott Medalistand#160;and storyteller extraordinaire Gerald McDermott.and#160;
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, tooand#8212;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.
Wherever Coyote goes you can be sure heand#8217;ll find trouble. Now he wants to sing, dance, and fly like the crows, so he begs them to teach him how. The crows agree but soon tire of Coyoteand#8217;s bragging and boasting. They decide to teach the great trickster a lesson. This time, Coyote has found real trouble!
The mischievous parrot Papagayo spends his days playing in the jungle and disturbing the sleeping night creatures with his raucous cries. But when the ferocious moon-dog begins to devour the moon, only Papagayo knows how to save it. The night creatures learn that heand#8217;s a good friend to have--even if he is a bit NOISY.
Raven, the trickster, wants to give people the gift of light. But can he find out where Sky Chief keeps it? And if he does, will he be able to escape without being discovered? His dream seems impossible, but if anyone can find a way to bring light to the world, wise and clever Raven can!
Another energetic trickster tale from Caldecott Medalist Gerald McDermott
A rain forest fable from Caldecott medalist Gerald McDermott
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? and#147;The tale moves along with the swift concision of a good joke, right down to its satisfying punch line.and#8221;--Publishers Weekly
and#147;Wildly exuberant, full of slapstick and mischief, this version of an enduring Nigerian trickster tale, featuring a clever rabbit, is a storytellerand#8217;s delight.and#8221;--Booklist
A Coretta Scott King Honor-winning book, now in paperback
Thunder Rose vows to grow up to be more than just big and strong, thank you very kindly--and boy, does she ever! But when a whirling storm on a riotous rampage threatens, has Rose finally met her match?
In this delightful story, the king refuses to leave his bathtub and rule the kingdom. and#8220;Beauty aside, this also has a panache and sly wit that will please children and their parents, who will be called on to peruse the book again and again.and#8221;--Booklist
Caldecott medalist Allen Say seamlessly weaves together dreams and reality in this story of a boy and a sign painter traveling across the country painting billboards in the desert. Sayand#8217;s awe-inspiring illustrations make this book one that should not be missed by readers of any age.
Early one morning a boy comes into town looking for work. He meets a sign painter who takes him on as a helper, and they are commissioned to paint a series of billboards in the desert. Each billboard has only one word, Arrowstar. They do not know its meaning. As they are about to paint the last sign, the boy looks up and sees in the distance a magnificent structure. Is it real? Together, they goand#160;to find out.
Here Allen Say tells a haunting story of dreams and choices for readers of all ages. It is a Common Core State Standardsand#160;Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Read-Aloud Story).
About the Author
Allen Say was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1937. He dreamed of becoming a cartoonist from the age of six, and, at age twelve, apprenticed himself to his favorite cartoonist, Noro Shinpei. For the next four years, Say learned to draw and paint under the direction of Noro, who has remained Say's mentor. Say illustrated his first children's book -- published in 1972 -- in a photo studio between shooting assignments. For years, Say continued writing and illustrating children's books on a part-time basis. But in 1987, while illustrating THE BOY OF THE THREE-YEAR NAP (Caldecott Honor Medal), he recaptured the joy he had known as a boy working in his master's studio. It was then that Say decided to make a full commitment to doing what he loves best: writing and illustrating children's books. Since then, he has written and illustrated many books, including TREE OF CRANES and GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal. He is a full-time writer and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon.