Shark God (Scholastic Bookshelf)

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Rafe Martin and David Shannon reunite in this folktale interpretation of a dramatic flood myth set amidst the unmatched beauty of the Hawaiian Islands.

In a country whose ruler is cruel and whose people are hardened, two children remain warm-hearted and exuberant. One day after freeing a shark trapped in the shallows, the children are so excited that they touch the King's forbidden drum. They are thrown into prison, and no one will listen to their parents' pleas for mercy. So, at great risk, they go to the Shark God himself, and he takes retribution on the island, causing a great flood that leaves only the good family behind and clears the way for a better, kinder future.

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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

About the Author:

RAFE MARTIN is the bestselling author of several acclaimed picture books, including The Rough-Face Girl and Will's Mammoth. When not touring the country as a storyteller, he lives in Rochester, New York.

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