In his first book New Zealander Galbraith puts an eco-twist on the classic goats vs. troll smackdown: the bridge becomes the threatened sea, a guardian Minke Whale replaces the troll, and the three goats become three "mean, prickly-faced" fishermen named Anglo, Anvil and Angora Gruff. Having overfished their own home waters of Poverty Bay, the brothers despoil the nearby Bay of Plenty. Then, in a move straight out of Moby Dick, Minke Whale rams the brothers' boat, sending all three to a well-deserved briny end. Working very much in the vein of Lane Smith, Galbraith produces a book both visually hip and handsome. His digitally collaged illustrations are marvelously mordant and often ingenious (several pages, for example, feature cleverly incorporated die-cuts). Quirky, hand-press-styled typography and side quips by marine inhabitants add to the urbanity. Unfortunately, the irony and sophistication are strictly for appearances-as a writer, Galbraith lets his earnest environmentalist fervor get between the reader and the story. The ending is positively preachy: "The people of both towns had learnt a lot. No more did they dirty the water with oil or rubbish and they were careful never to be greedy." But with a little more maturity and seasoning-the book sprang from Galbraith's senior project at design school-he might turn out a story worthy of his art. Ages 4-up. (Feb.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
The Three Fishing Brothers Gruffby Ben Galbraith
Once upon a time, there were three fishing brothers called Gruff. They were mean and greedy and fished until there were no more fish to be fished in Poverty Bay. But watch out! Minke Whale, Guardian of the Ocean, isn't pleased, and neither are the townspeople of Poverty Bay! The brilliantly conceived text, based loosely on The Three Billy Goats Gruff, is/i>… See more details below
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Once upon a time, there were three fishing brothers called Gruff. They were mean and greedy and fished until there were no more fish to be fished in Poverty Bay. But watch out! Minke Whale, Guardian of the Ocean, isn't pleased, and neither are the townspeople of Poverty Bay! The brilliantly conceived text, based loosely on The Three Billy Goats Gruff, is matched by Ben Galbraith's bold, sophisticated artwork. And as you turn the pages, watch for all the die-cut portholes and handy environmental tips. This spectacular picture book debut gives us a timely ecological tale about caring for our environment and protecting the earth's resources.
- Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.30(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 9 Years
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