Books by Paul Geraghty

SOLO by Paul Geraghty
by Paul Geraghty, illustrated by Paul Geraghty
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

Geraghty (The Hunter, 1994, etc.) moves from the African bush to the Antarctic. Penguin Floe makes a long, arduous trek to her breeding grounds, where she finds her mate, Fin. There she lays her egg, which Fin guards while Floe goes off to fish. She returns with squid for newly hatched Solo's first meal, but when Fin takes his turn as provider, he is gone so long that Floe is forced to take the desperate measure of returning to the ocean alone. Left behind in the rookery, Solo is fought over by other penguins and almost attacked by a hungry seabird before he's rescued by Fin (who's wrapped in a fishing net) and reunited with Floe. Abrupt shifts in perspective dilute the impact, but the fact-based story is dramatic and engrossing without ever becoming threatening, and the landscape of ice and sky is strikingly rendered. (Picture book. 3-7) Read full book review >
THE HUNTER by Paul Geraghty
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

Accompanying her grandfather to find honey in the bush, Jamina is so busy pretending to be a hunter shooting elephants that she wanders off and gets lost. The little girl has been forbidden to go into the bush alone; still, she follows a mournful sound and finds a baby elephant with its dead mother, shot by poachers. The two make their way together; Jamina has been taught that she can follow the herds to the river, where her home will be on the other side, but crocodiles keep her from crossing. In the night, a herd of elephants takes in the little one, and by the time Jamina's mother finds her in the morning the child knows she'll never be a hunter. The story is obviously contrived to convey its message, but the clean, taut narrative holds attention with the appealing partnership between child and elephant and with their encounters with African animals, including that most dangerous predator, man (at one point, the child and elephant must hide from poachers). Geraghty's illustrations are outstanding, with beautifully observed animals, gorgeous landscapes, and sleek, precisely modeled figures. A satisfying (if implausible) adventure. (Picture book. 4-9) Read full book review >
SLOBCAT by Paul Geraghty
Released: Aug. 30, 1991

This attractive book transcends the dozens of stories about cats with secret second lives in a couple of significant ways: while the child-narrator describes her pet's indolent habits, the illustrations show him engaged in activities that are not only lively but sometimes heroic and/or amusing (he saves mice from a trap, but frightens off rats, a snake, and even a burglar); the precise watercolors include some remarkably well-observed passages. An old theme with just the right touch to give it new interest. (Picture book. 2-7) Read full book review >