Pig-Boy: A Trickster Tale from Hawai'i

Pig-Boy: A Trickster Tale from Hawai'i

by Gerald McDermott

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152165901
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/06/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 606,890
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

GERALD MCDERMOTT (1941-2012) was an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator of books for children. A graduate of Pratt Institute in New York City and a lifelong artist, he began his career as an animated filmmaker before moving into the creation of children's books based on storytelling traditions from around the world. He was awarded the Caldecott Medal and two Caldecott Honors; his extensive and influential body of work includes six popular picture books focusing on the trickster motif. Devoted to oral tradition and the transformative power of mythology, he was the first Fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and served as a consultant on mythology in education. www.geraldmcdermott.com

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"The boldly colored art is dynamic and reflects both the humor of the sprightly text and the author/illustrator's background as an animator in its visual pacing. The tale itself has just enough folkloric elements to convey action, character and setting without bogging down in detail. An author's note supplies bibliographic and historical information. Good rascally fun."—Kirkus Reviews

". . . lovely gouache-and–colored pencil artwork creates such nuanced texture that you nearly expect Pig-Boy’s hide to feel fuzzy . . . intriguing offering."—Booklist

"The text is nicely turned with a folkloric touch at times . . . The Hawaiian locale offers a pleasing new setting in McDermott's established folkloric oeuvre; the rich, jewel-toned illustrations, full of purples and greens, reverberate with island colors and tropical shades."—The Bulletin

"This gleeful, preposterous trickster is especially well realized in the illustrations. McDermott’s simple figures—set off by swaths of brilliant tropical greens and blues on a heavy watercolor paper that provides the texture he uses to give them dimension—have a monumental strength that in no way detracts from their humor or from the liveliness of Pig-Boy’s mischief. A rousing good story that should also, as McDermott suggests, arouse interest in the traditions from which it comes."—The Horn Book Magazine

"The purple trickster pig stands out against backgrounds of emerald green. People and chickens wear yellow-gold and orange, and the sea is a deep, bright blue. A note about the Pig-Boy character is included. This fine introduction to a classic Hawaiian trickster should have a place in most collections."—School Library Journal

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Pig-Boy: A Trickster Tale from Hawai'i 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Lourraine on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This Hawaiian story is about pig-boy the shape-shifter who is a little rascal going around the island hungry and causing trouble. Once encountered with that trouble he always seems to know how to get out of it by shifting into something.But the only problem is does he ever really learn? With a very earthy illustration and loving the characters native attire the pictures of pig-boy are awfully fun and cute.
eputney87 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Summary- Pig boy is a trickster. He runs around causing all sorts of trouble. When he is not sure where to go next and he needs a warm and comforting place to be he knowns he can always run to his grandma. Strength- ColorThe illustrations of this book are made with vibrant tropical colors. Use with Children- This would be a good book to read when introducing the vocabulary word "mischievous". What does it mean to be mischievous? What happens to big boy when his mischievous behavior gets out of hand?
Lauramel on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Depicting life in ancient Hawaii, the adventures of Pig Boy will delight children as he goes from mischievious to fear to loving. I think children of all ages could identify with this character and his fun antics.
katieginn on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a cute story about a popular figure in Hawaiian mythology, This little pig named Kamapua'a has a very caring grandmother who wraps him in soft leaves and sings him to sleep. If trouble comes she tells him "just slip away". Cute story for young children.
jkessluk on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I liked the dark green, and earthy illustrations, along with the traditional style in how the characters appeared. The Folktale though, breaks the traditional style of something good happens, then something bad happens, and keeps happening until a lesson is learned. The pigboy goes around and steals peoples food as he never gets hungry. As people try to capture Pigboy he transforms, and goes back home, only to imply he will do the same tomorrow.
awilkes on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Pig-Boy is a hairy , dirty and hungry pig.And when trouble comes, he knows just what to do. (Of course, escaping trouble comes easily to a trickster, who can shape-shift his way out of sticky situations just in time!) With the tropical colors and cadences of the islands, master artist and storyteller Gerald McDermott brings irrepressible humor. Great for grades K-1.