THE JOLLY MON by Jimmy & Savannah Jane Buffett Buffett

THE JOLLY MON

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A long picture story that marks the writing debut of a singer/songwriter and his eight-year-old daughter as well as being its illustrator's first book. The Jolly Mon, who lives in Bananaland in the Caribbean, sings so sweetly that he can sing fish out of the sea. One day, instead of a fish, he catches a guitar that springs into music at his touch; the king of Bananaland, hearing that the marvelous guitar prophesies that the Jolly Mon will make music ""in lands near and far,"" provides a boat in which the Jolly Mon travels until news of the king's death makes him homesick. Trying to go home, he is captured by pirates and thrown overboard, but saved by the dolphin that decorates the guitar--coming to life, it takes him back to Bananaland and a royal destiny. While the plot is undistinguished, the Jolly Mon is a stylish and sympathetic hero, pictured in Davis' splashily brilliant acrylics as a handsome, dreadlocked young man against the intense blues and greens of the tropical sea. His song, five verses plus music, is included.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1988
ISBN: 0152405305
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich