978-0-590-39500-7 / 9780590395007

The Shark God


Publisher:Arthur A. Levine Books



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About the book:

You could easily fall in love with just about any story that's illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist David Shannon, but that's doubly true for this mythic Hawaiian tale of justice and compassion from master storyteller Rafe Martin.

In an idyllic island paradise, two native kids save a shark that's become stranded in the shallows near their home, but just moments later they offend their hardhearted king and are condemned to death. Their parents beg for mercy but to no avail, and when even their neighbors refuse to help, they're forced to enlist some very unusual aid: Kauhuhu, the terrifying, shape-changing Shark God.

From the tanned, stoic face of the king to the 20-foot-tall, tattooed back of the Shark God, Shannon's rich colors and dynamic compositions serve well to pace Martin's iconic tale. The tension builds as the children's death sentence approaches, but with loving parents and a big scary friend like Kauhuhu, somehow you just know they'll be all right. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

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