Peggony-Po: A Whale of a Tale

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Publishers Weekly
The Pinkneys (who collaborated on Duke Ellington) here shine the spotlight on African-American whalers with an original tall tale set in the 1840s that recalls elements of both Moby Dick and Pinocchio. Carved by his father, Galleon, from a piece of driftwood, young Peggony-Po is named after a sea shanty and given a "beautiful dark complexion with a stain made from pekoe tea." He sets out to hunt the massive whale named Cetus who "loved to smash boats with a single slam of his tail," and who also bit off Galleon's leg. With Paul Bunyan-esque strength, the smiling youngster carries out his self-appointed task in rollicking fashion, at one point braiding a harness of seaweed and riding Cetus around the globe. A flowing narrative evokes the oral tradition, with its folksy tone and homespun similes (e.g., Peggony-Po "was as feisty as a kettle of just-caught fish"). Brian Pinkney's full-color, etched illustrations brim with vigor as wooden boy and whale battle it out against dark, roiling waves. Peggony-Po's ballet-dancer poses, muscular thighs and outstretched arms suggest a nimbleness to match his moxie; his clever plan fells the mighty giant. Readers will yo-ho-ho for this entertaining and imaginative yarn. An author's note describes whalers from Africa and the Caribbean, noting that whaling was an "equalizer of men." Ages 4-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
This is a rather odd story with a Pinocchio twist. Cetus is a whale who has destroyed many boats, and Galleon Keene has almost caught him a number of times. However, on his last attempt, Galleon's boat is snapped in half by the huge creature who then bites off one of the sailor's legs. After Galleon makes it to shore by clinging to a piece of driftwood, he realizes his whaling adventures are over. Galleon decides he wants a son and he carves the boy from the piece of driftwood, carving the head first. As soon as the mouth is done, the boy speaks, urging Galleon to finish him. This idea of the head talking while the rest is yet to be carved is quite eerie, especially since the piece of wood with a boy's head is pictured as Galleon continues to whittle away. Finally the boy is done and he hunts down Cetus. In tall tale fashion, he dispatches the whale by feeding him all sorts of strange objects, such as a butter churn, the roof of a shack, a stove, and even an oxcart. Peggony-Po and his father celebrate by dancing a jig while the sailors sing a shanty about Peggony-Po. A note in the back of the book points out that whales were often feared because it was believed that they could swallow anything, and that whaling was one of the few industries which, during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, welcomed Blacks.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Told with humor and verve, this rollicking tall tale is about a wooden boy named Peggony-Po who promises to catch the monster whale that bit off his daddy's leg: after all, he caught his first whale when he was only four years old. When he goes off to capture Cetus, he eschews having a boat: a masterful illustration shows him riding a wave as he chases the whale, who ingeniously exudes attitude. Cetus rams through a school of fish, so Peggony-Po "did underwater cartwheels to keep those fish from crying. He never slowed down." As Peggony-Po rides Cetus "from tropical waters to icy coasts," he crows, "What a way to see the world!" Richly descriptive similes-"as feisty as a kettle of just-caught fish" and "Like a pressing iron flattening a shirtsleeve"-and phrases such as "He [Cetus] loved to smash boats with a single slam of his tail" convey dynamically both the absurdity and thrilling adventure of this story, and the illustrations brim with activity and energy. Peggony-Po dances a jig from the lookout mast, he becomes alive and starts talking to his father as he is sculpted, and Cetus blows boats into the sky and rails off a fence. Every library will want to buy at least one copy of this exuberant "story that begins with a whale, ends with a whale, and has a whole lot of whale in its middle."-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A fearless young whaler leads a fearsome whale on a merry chase, triggering the Great Whale Bet of 1847. Monster whale Cetus "loved to smash boats" and "ate anything that got in his way." When sailor Galleon Keene tries to harpoon Cetus, the whale snaps his boat and bites off his leg. Later, Galleon wishes for a son, and the boy he carves out of driftwood comes alive. Named Peggony-Po, the boy is "feisty as a kettle of just-caught fish." He brags he will capture Cetus, and the ship's crew bet on whether the cocky boy will succeed. Diving into the ocean, Peggony-Po holds onto the fierce Cetus with a seaweed harness. For three days, boy and whale circle the globe like a "traveling spectacle," until Peggony-Po tricks Cetus. Dramatic swirling illustrations in bold blacks and blues accentuate the turbulent maritime action, showcasing tiny Peggony-Po astride giant Cerus. Reminiscent of tall-tale heroes like Pecos Bill and John Henry, Peggony-Po and his larger-than-life seafaring antics result in a rollicking Moby-Dick for the small set. (author's note, glossary, further reading) (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786819584
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.37 (w) x 11.37 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Davis Pinkney has written several acclaimed picture books, works of non fiction, and novels. Her titles for middle-grade readers include Solo Girl, Raven in a Dove House, Silent Thunder, and Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, a Coretta Scott King Honor winner. She is also the author of the picture books Alvin Ailey; Duke Ellington (a Caldecott Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book); and Ella Fitzgerald, each illustrated by her husband and frequent collaborator, Brian Pinkney. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.

Brian Pinkney (www.brianpinkney.net) is the illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Books Duke Ellington and The Faithful Friend, and the Coretta Scott King Award winner In the Time of the Drums.

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