Saturday, February 23, 2008

Book note: The Three Little Hawaiian Pigs and The Magic Shark, by Donivee Martin Laird

I just stumbled across a cute retelling of the Three Little Pigs story, Hawaiian style. In this case, the three little pigs build their houses out of pili grass, driftwood, and lava rock, and their hungry foe is a magic shark who can don disguises and show up at doorsteps. (And, like the Big Bad Wolf is prone to huffing and puffing to blow a house down.) In a surprise twist, the huffing and puffing has disastrous consequences for the bad guy as well as the two little pigs who built cheap houses. The book includes a glossary of Hawaiian terms for us non-Hawaiians.

The Three Little Hawaiian Pigs and The Magic Shark was written by Donivee Martin Laird, illustrated by Carol Jossem. The publisher is Barnaby Books, Honolulu, Hawaii.

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