GOLLO AND THE LION by Eric Oyono

GOLLO AND THE LION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this retelling of a tale from Cameroon, Gollo and his sister Kaye live happily together until they are stalked by a hungry lion. When the lion devours Kaye and runs away, Gollo enlists the aid of a soothsayer to help him find the lion and get his sister back. With a magic gourd he dries up all the water from the land, forcing the animals to come to him for relief--and that's only the first half of the story. Though longer and more involved than other folktales, Oyono's story uses structural complexity to its advantage. Its improvisational quality make it a natural read-aloud; listeners will feel as if the storyteller is inventing each episode. The paintings--vivid brushstrokes of expansive scenes--show a thorough knowledge of West Africa and its inhabitants. Both newcomers to children's books, Oyono and Corvaisier make an admirable team, combining humor and drama into a diverting lesson on the perilous place humans have in nature.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1995
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Hyperion