Pig Kahuna (Pig Kahuna Series)
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Pig Kahuna (Pig Kahuna Series)

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by Jennifer Sattler
     
 

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Fergus and his little brother, Dink, love collecting the things that wash up on the beach, especially if it means that Fergus doesn't actually have to go in the water. Then one day, they spy the greatest treasure of all—an abandoned surfboard. When no one comes to claim it, they make it the star of their collection and name it "Dave." But when Dave

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Fergus and his little brother, Dink, love collecting the things that wash up on the beach, especially if it means that Fergus doesn't actually have to go in the water. Then one day, they spy the greatest treasure of all—an abandoned surfboard. When no one comes to claim it, they make it the star of their collection and name it "Dave." But when Dave accidentally (on purpose?) gets cast back into the ocean, can Fergus find the courage to rescue him?

Whimsically brought to life with Jennifer Sattler's bright, comedic style, here's a story about bravery and brotherhood that little kahunas (and their parents) are sure to love.

Editorial Reviews

Piglet Fergus and his baby brother Dink are avid beachcombers. One day, they chance upon a prize even better than a washed up starfish or giant seashell: a surfboard! Of course, their new acquisition is useless unless it's riding the waves; but can Fergus summons the courage to become one plucky porker surfer? A cute, winning picture book about overcoming fear.

Publishers Weekly
Fergus and his baby brother, Dink, are two piggy beachcombers looking for treasure in this story about overcoming one's fears—even if accidentally. The plot begins with the pigs afraid to venture out into the water. Fergus is convinced "There was a lurking, murky ickiness" out there, which Satler depicts as an array of spiky cartoon creatures—a green fish with vampire fangs, a froggy creature with an antenna and huge teeth, etc. So, instead, the brothers amass a treasure trove on dry land, including seaweed, a "pebble that looked like an eyeball," and best of all, a surfboard that they christen Dave. Sattler's whimsical acrylics and colored pencil illustrations adeptly show Fergus's horror when Dave floats out to sea. As Fergus forgets his fear as he attempts to save their new friend, he inadvertently discovers how to surf. The story meanders a bit as it makes its way to its triumphant finale, but Sattler (Chick 'n' Pug) offers visual gags aplenty and an evocative beachside setting that makes it clear that while the ocean can be scary, it's also pretty tubular. Ages 3–6. (May)
From the Publisher

“Sattler's whimsical acrylics and colored pencil illustrations adeptly show Fergus's horror when Dave floats out to sea… Sattler (Chick 'n' Pug) offers visual gags aplenty and an evocative beachside setting that makes it clear that while the ocean can be scary, it's also pretty tubular.” —Publishers Weekly
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
The first stumbling block of this book may be its title. "What's a Kahuna?" my test reader asked. "What does ?Pig Kahuna' mean?" Once inside, though, the going is easy. Fergus and Dink are a likeable pair of siblings out to enjoy the treasures they find at the beach. Seaweed, a pebble that resembles an eyeball, and a shell-turned-shark's-tooth are all added to their collection. But then they see the best treasure of all: a surfboard. When no one comes to claim it, the porcine pair takes it for their play. Afraid of the water—or, rather, what lurks there—they make do with beach-based fun. They name the board "Dave," perhaps in honor of a surfboard maker, a la Tom Hanks' Castaway character naming his found soccer ball "Wilson," but the text does not reveal a source for the name. Then Dink decides Dave might be happier returning to the sea. Fergus disagrees, and launches himself into the water to "save" their new "friend." A wave comes along, fear is overcome, and the best treasure of all for this duo is not a thing but the adventure they have on the water. Young readers will enjoy this story of success and fear overcome. Adult readers may be distracted by the persistent question, "Who's Dave?" A good selection for preschool and elementary storytime, or public library collections. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
Kirkus Reviews
Surfer pigs rise above aphorisms. The world is full of treasures. Concern for a friend trumps personal fears. Sometimes little brothers know best. Imagination is everything. Any of these might be the message behind this offbeat adventure, but none quite captures its goofy charm. Fergus and his baby brother Dink are anthropomorphized pigs—pink, plump and extremely expressive. They enjoy searching the beach, where they find interesting seaweed, oddly shaped rocks and bits of shell. Then they discover something extraordinary: a gleaming surfboard. Fergus is reluctant to ride it (he's afraid of the water and what "lurking, murky ickiness" might be hiding in it) but they manage to have fun anyway, tap-dancing across it, using it as a pretend boat and even giving it a name—"Dave." In a scene sure to give some parents fits, Fergus leaves Dink by the water's edge to fetch some ice-cream cones. That's when Dink decides that Dave should be returned to the ocean. Attempting to rescue his friend, Fergus discovers just how fun surfing can be. Sattler's bold, bright paintings add emotion and humor. They also carry some parts of the narrative, as in an almost wordless double-page spread that accompanies Dave's first appearance. The briskly paced text, meanwhile, offers alliteration and deadpan humor. Together words and pictures create an utterly engaging picture-book experience—eye-catching, thought-provoking and just plain fun. (Picture book. 4-7)
Kristi Jemtegaard
Jennifer Sattler's sun-drenched beachscapes sweep across the pages, a-bubble with foamy fantasy, and her big-eyed, flat-snouted porcine heroes with their sailboat-sized ears are guaranteed giggle-makers.
—The Washington Post

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599906355
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/24/2011
Series:
Pig Kahuna Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
280,178
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

JENNIFER SATTLER is also the creator of the picture books Chick 'n' Pug and Sylvie.

www.jennifergordonsattler.com

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