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Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa (1ST ed.) - Not Available - Out of Print
Contributor(s):McDermott, Gerald (Author)
ISBN: 0152999671   EAN: 9780152999674
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
US SRP: $ 17.00 US 
Binding: Hardcover
Language(s): English
Pub Date: 09/15/1992
: Zomo is a very clever rabbit, who asks Sky-God for wisdom. But Zomo must accomplish three difficult tasks--collect scales from Big Fish, milk from Strong Cow, and a tooth from Leopard. Is Zomo really clever enough to accomplish the nearly impossible? ...

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Additional Information
OCLC Number: OCLC#23693546
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Country & Ethnic - General
LC Subjects:
-Folklore -Africa, West
INGRAM Categories:
- Cultural Region | West Africa
Awards: Florida Children's Book Award | Winner | Pre K - 2nd Grade | 1994 - 1994
Dewey: 398.2
LC Call Number: PZ8.1.M159
LCCN: 91014558
Features: Illustrated, Price on Product
Initial Print Run: 15000
Target Age Group: 04 to 07
Physical Info: 0.36" H x 9.31" L x 11.29" W (0.92 lbs) 32 pages
Carton Quantity: 40  

Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Hornbook Guide to Children (01/01/1992):
Neither big nor strong, Zomo is clever. However, as he finds out from Sky God, cleverness and wisdom are not synonymous. To attain wisdom, Zomo has to, through trickery, obtain the scales of Big Fish in the sea, milk Wild Cow, and deliver the tooth of Leopard to Sky God. The West African tale of the quest for wisdom is told with colorful illustrations and a fascinating plot. (Copyright 1992 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)

Publishers Weekly (07/13/1992):
This straightforward retelling by the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of Arrow to the Sun features bold, vibrant shapes and hues. When Zomo ("He is not big. He is not strong. But he is very clever") beseeches the Sky God for wisdom, he is set three impossible tasks: he must bring back "the scales of Big Fish in the sea . . . the milk of Wild Cow and the tooth of Leopard." The cunning rabbit dupes the three creatures into giving up these prizes, but returns to discover that the joke's on him. His newfound wisdom? To run like mad from the three very angry animals. The tale moves along with the swift concision of a good joke, right down to its satisfying punch line. McDermott's gouache illustrations in brilliant hues of fuchsia, green and orange recall the color and geometric lines of West African textiles. The dazzling artwork shows Big Fish dancing until his scales cascade to the ground, the scrawny Wild Cow ramming a palm tree and getting stuck there, and Leopard tumbling down a hill and knocking out his tooth. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)

School Library Journal (11/01/1992):
K-Gr 3-- McDermott tells the story of Zomo the rabbit, the trickster who originated in Nigeria and who lives on in the lore of the Caribbean and the United States. When the irresponsible black rabbit asks the Sky God for wisdom, he is given three impossible tasks: he must get the scales of Big Fish, the milk of Wild Cow, and the tooth of Leopard. He does all these things and in the end the Sky God rewards him with wisdom, and warns that next time he sees his victims, he had better run fast. This colorful rendition of the story is done with the kind of bold graphics that gave McDermott's early works their immediate popularity. The horizon is low on the page so that there is a great sense of air and space. The bright gold of the sky adds warmth. The illustrations masterfully integrate a variety of styles the artist has used in the past. His characters are more realistically drawn than in his earliest work, but they are adorned with dramatic graphic patterns. It is larger and more visually expansive than McDermott's Anansi the Spider (1972) or The Magic Tree (1973; o.p., both Holt). With its small but triumphant hero clad in a colorful dashiki and a cap, its dazzling design, and its great good humor, this story will be a pleasure to use with children. --Marilyn Iarusso, New York Public Library

Brief Description:
Zomo the Rabbit, an African trickster, sets out to gain wisdom.

Biographical Note:
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.

Publisher Marketing:
Zomo the rabbit, a trickster from West Africa, wants wisdom. But he must accomplish three apparently impossible tasks before Sky God will give him what he wants. Is he clever enough to do as Sky God asks? "The tale moves along with the swift concision of a good joke, right down to its satisfying punch line."-- Publishers Weekly "Wildly exuberant, full of slapstick and mischief, this version of an enduring Nigerian trickster tale, featuring a clever rabbit, is a storyteller's delight."-- Booklist

Review Citations:
  • Booklist 09/15/1992 pg. 146 (EAN 9780152999674, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Booklist Ed Choice Youth 01/01/1993 pg. 846 (EAN 9780152999674, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 11/01/1992 pg. 84 (EAN 9780152999674, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/1992 (EAN 9780152999674, Hardcover)
  • Publishers Weekly 07/13/1992 (EAN 9780152999674, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 04/04/2018 (EAN 9780152999674, Hardcover)
  • Booklist 02/15/2003 pg. 1077 (EAN 9780152167776, Paperback)
  • Criticas 03/01/2003 (EAN 9780152167776, Paperback)

Contributor Bio: McDermott, Gerald
GERALD MCDERMOTT (1941-2012) was an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator and the creator of numerous award-winning books and animated films for children. Winner of the Caldecott Medal and two Caldecott Honors for his picture books, he was also a consultant to the Joseph Campbell Foundation on mythology in education. His acclaimed series of trickster tales consists of Raven (a Caldecott Honor Book), Zomo the Rabbit, Coyote, Jabuti, Pig-Boy, and Monkey, each of which draws from the folktale traditions of a different part of the world.

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