Book Review- Zomo: A Cautionary Tale


This very clever African story retold by Caldecott Award winning illustrator Gerald McDermott struck my attention for his brilliant use of color and pattern. His clever writing skills, which held my attention from start to finish, were the icing on the cake.

The story takes place in West Africa, where Zomo the trickster rabbit seeks out the Sky God and asks for wisdom. He is given 3 impossible tasks: he must bring back "the scales of Big Fish in the sea . . . the milk of Wild Cow and the tooth of Leopard." The clever rabbit tricks the three creatures into giving up these prizes, but returns to discover that the joke's on him. His newfound wisdom? To be smart enough to run like mad from the three very angry animals.

In a nutshell: Love the colors, and the clever lesson.

Ages 4-8.