Mogo, the Third Warthogby Donna Jo Napoli, Lita Judge (Illustrator)
Mogo may be the runt of the litter, but he's determined to make it in the tough African savanna. His bossy and lazy older brothers don't have what it takes to survive, so he ventures off on his own. Mogo must learn to battle not only lions, cheetahs, and wild dogs, but also fear and loneliness.The friendship of a young baboon, who has also been cast out of his own
Mogo may be the runt of the litter, but he's determined to make it in the tough African savanna. His bossy and lazy older brothers don't have what it takes to survive, so he ventures off on his own. Mogo must learn to battle not only lions, cheetahs, and wild dogs, but also fear and loneliness.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 the joys 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.
When warthogs have their third litter, the sows cast out their first litter. That's how Mogo, the runt of his litter, finds himself on his own. Using what he has learned from his mother, from his older brothers' missteps, and from a helpful baboon who is also alone, he carves out a life as he matures and finds a potential mate. While the author builds on a strong natural-history base, she also explores her characters' emotions, hopes, and fears. This tempers the potentially frightening wild world of the African savanna's hungry cheetahs, wild dogs, and lions, who hunt to ensure their own survival in a harsh environment. The book's high read-aloud potential stems from Mogo's appeal as an unlikely hero who thrives when he finds friendship and loving companions. Realistic black and gray-tone watercolor illustrations that range in size from small vignettes to full page grace every chapter, introduce unfamiliar animals, and interpret the action.-Ellen G. Fader, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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- Product dimensions:
- 7.40(w) x 5.32(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 7 - 10 Years
Meet the Author
Donna Jo Napoli (www.donnajonapoli.com) 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; The Magic Circle, an ALA Best Book for Young Readers; and Ugly, a companion to this book. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
Lita Judge (www.litajudge.com) was born in Ketchikan, Alaska, but now lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire, with her husband and two adorable cats. Her first picture book, One Thousand Tracings, received the International Reading Association Children's Book Award and the Jane Addams Children's Book Honor. It was also selected as an ALA and an NCTE Notable Book. She is also the author-illustrator of Pennies for Elephants, Born to Be Giants, Yellowstone Moran, and Strange Creatures.
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