This time, Donna Jo Napoli takes "The Three Little Pigs" and moves them to Africa where we meet Mogo the warthog and his two brothers, Mathani and Kebiro. Mogo is the runt of the litter and the dangers of the African savanna loom large as he and his brothers are forced out of their burrow to make room for their mother's next litter. Mogo's brothers are lazy and things don't look good for them. But Mogo is determined to survive. As he searches for food, he meets all kinds of animals - rhinos, ostriches, and more. While foraging, he makes a new friend - a young baboon who is also on his own.
It's a sweet story for young readers that teaches self-reliance and perseverence, while introducing them to the animals of Africa. Nicely illustrated by Lita Judge, it's easy to get enveloped in this children's story with all of the exotic sights and sounds of that fascinating part of the world.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our September, 2008 issue.
See our reviews of other works by Donna Jo Napoli that you might enjoy:
Rocky: The Cat Who Barks
by Donna Jo Napoli, Marie Kane, Tamara Petrosino
This is an excellent book to read to the very young. They will love Rocky the dog who has just moved into a new house where there are a couple of bratty kids and five mean kitty-cats…[more]
by Donna Jo Napoli
Hyperion Book CH
Donna Jo Napoli revisits the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale of "The Ugly Duckling" by setting it in Tasmania and embellishing the original with a host of new characters from that region…[more]
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