Sh-Ko and His Eight Wicked Brothers

Sh-Ko and His Eight Wicked Brothers

by Ashley Bryan, Fumio Yoshimura

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-- Sh-ko (``Ugly''), considered ugly by his eight elder brothers (no beauties themselves), accompanies them as porter when they set out to woo the Princess Yakami. Along the way, the wicked brothers play a nasty trick on a not altogether hapless rabbit. When Sh-ko reverses the effects of this, he earns the rabbit's gratitude as well as a magic gift which allows him to win the princess. The tale is told in a straightforward manner, but it is not engaging; nor is much sympathy aroused for any of the characters. Yoshimura's illustrations are patterned after e-maki, medieval Japanese picture scrolls, particularly the style of Toba Sojo (a.d. 1053-1140). The rabbit is lifted right from the Choju Giga scroll. Here all interest ends. The brushwork is not distinguished and often awkward (as in the rabbit's encounters with the crocodile). The monochrome ink is inordinately monotonous--and all the brothers look exactly alike and rather like Rasputin. Illustrations could have saved the text, but they only reinforce its drabness.-- John Philbrook, San Francisco Public Library

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Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
9.45(w) x 7.48(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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