Jungle Drums by Graeme Base, Audiobook (MP3 on CD) | Barnes & Noble
Jungle Drums

Jungle Drums

5.0 2
by Graeme Base
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Little Ngiri is the smallest Warthog in Africa. Tired of being teased by his bigger brothers and sisters, he wishes things could be different. When Old Nyumbu the Wildebeest gives Ngiri a set of magic drums, he is sure his wish is about to come true. But all the animals of the jungle are in for a big surprise as Ngiri's wish is granted in a most unexpected way.

Overview

Little Ngiri is the smallest Warthog in Africa. Tired of being teased by his bigger brothers and sisters, he wishes things could be different. When Old Nyumbu the Wildebeest gives Ngiri a set of magic drums, he is sure his wish is about to come true. But all the animals of the jungle are in for a big surprise as Ngiri's wish is granted in a most unexpected way.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this disconcerting fairy tale, a young warthog uses magic bongos to cast spells on his vain jungle neighbors, and the results are not pretty. Ngiri Mdogo, literally "little warthog" in Swahili, hates being the runt of the forest. " `No spots?' laughs Chui the Leopard. `No stripes?' whinnies Punda Milia the Zebra." Ngiri Mdogo complains to Old Nyumbu the Wildebeest, who lends him two special drums but warns that the outcome is "not always as you expect!" The first time he beats these "jungle drums," the pompous beasts turn neutral beige and lose their identifying features; the elephant no longer has its trunk, nor the rhino its horns. Their markings appear on the other warthogs (not the hero), who proudly parade around the muddy riverbank. Ngiri Mdogo plays the drums again, but the warthogs only transform further into giraffes and zebras, the leopard gets the rhino's gray skin and the elephant acquires leopard spots. Base painted naturalistic, if anthropomorphic, beasts in Animalia, but here he plays mix-and-match with exaggerated, garish cartoon creatures until a third wish restores normality. The book's most engaging aspect is its hide-and-seek game; chameleons, birds and snails flicker in the greenery, and semi-transparent portraits of the wildebeest appear in every spread. The forest yields details, but readers may be put off by the unpleasant discombobulations that beset the main characters. Without the alphabetic format of Animalia and the visual interplay of The Water Hole, the story feels like a hollow vessel for delivering a clich d message. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Poor Ngiri Mdogo. The "Smallest Warthog in Africa" is not only teased by the other warthogs because he is so small. He is also laughed at by the other animals. They are "just GORGEOUS," as they prepare for the Grand Parade with prizes for the most beautiful. Of course the warthogs can't compete in that contest. Depressed, Ngiri is consoled by a gift from wise Old Nyumbu the wildebeast, magic drums that will give him whatever he wishes for, but not always in the way he expects. The first time he plays them, the stunning decorations, stripes, spots, etc. of the other animals appear on the warthogs, to their delight and to the anger of the other animals. Ngiri drums again, but the confusion gets worse. Finally, he makes everything go back to normal again, and even he is happy. Paintings spread over double pages are overloaded with spirited naturalistic depictions of animals who behave like humans .Ngiri makes a very appealing hero. The other animals preen their individual patterned skins and despair when they observe their "nakedness." The moonlit jungle scenes take on a magic, spiritual quality. There's so much in the illustrations that demand multiple "readings." In addition to Base's illustrated notes on Swahili pronunciation, he offers a challenge to the reader. He has changed every creature in some way after they have listened to the magic drums. He has also hidden Old Nyumbu somewhere on every spread. Luckily he also gives the answers to the search. This is the second engrossing, fun-filled volume of Base's proposed "Jungle Trilogy" of which The Water Hole was the first. 2004, Harry N Abrams, Ages 4 to 9.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-An oversized book with illustrations that add depth and humor to the text. Ngiri Mdogo (which means "Little Warthog" in Swahili) is teased by the bigger warthogs because of his small size, and because they are jealous of the Other Animals that live across the River and have beautiful spots, stripes, and plumes. When the wise old wildebeest gives the little warthog a set of magic bongo drums that will grant any wish, the angry Other Animals lose their striking markings, while the warthogs look fabulous in gorgeous spots, stripes, and colors. That night, Ngiri Mdogo plays the drums again. When the sun rises, the markings are on the wrong animals, and all of them are unhappy. Again, the little warthog plays the drums, and with the new day, everything is back to normal. The animals celebrate with a Grand Parade and when Ngiri Mdogo plays a solo, everyone is careful not to wish for anything. Base's lush, colorful illustrations capture the richness of jungle life. The appealing creatures are drawn accurately enough for identification, but their facial expressions and physical positions give them personality and humor. To add to the wonderment, Base has included several illustrations with hidden animals for readers to find. A note on Swahili pronunciation is included. This is a visual feast, even if bongo drums are not native to Africa.-Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The author of The Water Hole (2001) creates elaborately worked scenes of vast African plains and thick jungles, in which lurk disguised creatures and subtle transformations for sharp-eyed young observers to spot. Puny warthog Ngiri plays a set of wish-granting bongos furnished by a wise old wildebeest, only to discover that his never-explicitly-expressed wishes go awry. One morning, the colorful stripes, spots, feathers, and other features decorating the local wildlife have switched over to the formerly plain, ugly warthogs-then the next morning, they're back again, only on the wrong animals. Hostility levels rise, until Ngiri confesses to the deeds; once he gets things back to normal (but not quite: Base suggests another look), he finds that his own social standing has risen. Not the strongest plot around, but, along with the pleasures of poring over accomplished, sometimes beautiful art for cleverly hidden details, children will be drawn by the silly switcheroos and comical expressions of dismay among the animal cast. (Picture book. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781489087461
Publisher:
Bolinda Audio
Publication date:
12/01/2015
Edition description:
Unabridged
Sales rank:
1,188,120
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Graeme Base is one of the world’s leading creators of picture books. Animalia received international acclaim when it was first published in 1986 and it has achieved classic status with worldwide sales of more than two million copies. Base’s most recent picture book, The Water Hole, an ingenious fusion of counting book, puzzle book, storybook and artbook, has been published in Australia, the USA, Canada, Italy, France, Denmark and the UK. Base lives in Melbourne with his artist wife Robyn and their three children.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >