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Josefina Javelina longs to be a ballerina. So.she packs up her concertina and leaves her favorite little cantina to go to Pasadena to visit her cousin Angelina. From the desert to the city, a wild adventure ensues as Josefina puts some dip in her hip and some slide in her glide on her way to the big time-a long, long way from home. But not even Coyote, with his wily tricks, can get this javelina down. A hilarious, hairy tale! Join this super-mega tastic cast of characters as a ...
Josefina Javelina longs to be a ballerina. So.she packs up her concertina and leaves her favorite little cantina to go to Pasadena to visit her cousin Angelina. From the desert to the city, a wild adventure ensues as Josefina puts some dip in her hip and some slide in her glide on her way to the big time-a long, long way from home. But not even Coyote, with his wily tricks, can get this javelina down. A hilarious, hairy tale! Join this super-mega tastic cast of characters as a star is born.
Posted September 21, 2005
It is hard to believe, but it has been thirteen years since readers last encountered Josephina Javelina who, in Susan Lowell¿s riotous The Three Javelinas (Northland, 1992), built a solid Southwest adobe house that provided a safe haven for her two lazy brothers and also used her brains to outsmart the dastardly Coyote who went yip, yipping away into the Sonoran Desert. Lowell¿s Southwest version of ¿The Three Little Pigs¿ was delightfully written, comically illustrated, and deservedly became a family and classroom classic. Having saved her more-or-less worthless and lazy javelina brothers, Juan and Jose, who spend their days eating cactus ¿ thorns and all ¿ and their nights after sundown listening to spicy salsa tunes of Julio (an Elvis-styled javelina) at the Oasis Snack Bar and Cantina, Josephina has dreams beyond the Arizona desert. She wants to become a great ballerina and win wide acclaim. Following up on an invitation from her cousin, Angelina from Pasadena, Josephina heads West with high hopes. Little does she realize that the slick talent scout she meets is just one more devious and predatory coyote with a hunger for javelinas. Josephina¿s escape high jinks place her squarely in a fusion of the famed Pasadena Rose & Thanksgiving Macy¿s Parades where TV cameras discover her enormous talent. Josephina Javelina becomes a Hollywood prima ballerina. Her rise to fame is not unlike that of her distant cousin Olivia (Ian Falconer), especially when the latter saves the circus. (Note: Delighted children will little care that in scientific classification, javelinas, that range from South America to the American Southwest, are virtually unrelated to pigs with whom they share a physical resemblance. Older students have a fun science lesson awaiting them as they use Internet sources to discover the real biological chasm that separates the two species. Incredibly, javelinas are related to the hippopotamus!) The Three Little Javelinas was illustrated by Jim Harris using a milder Southwest palette and considerable white space as befitted the desert setting of the ages-old ¿Three Little Pigs¿ story line. As Josephina heads westward in this new adventure, artist Bruce MacPherson gives Lowell¿s new tale much more of a Las Vegas-Hollywood neon flavor. Many of the illustrations are double-page, full- bleed illustrations in a riot of color that children will love. Although quite different, each illustrator expertly captures the atmosphere of Josefina¿s adventures as they shift from ¿High Noon¿ in the desert to ¿All That Jazz¿ on Rodeo Drive. Josefina Javelina is a delightful character bursting with energy. Here is a wish that readers will not have to wait another thirteen years for her next engagement with danger, glamour, and just being FABULOUS. Jerry D. FlackWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.