The Shark King by R. Kikuo Johnson
Join Kalei on an adventure as she wanders the beach to search for food and finds more than she had bargained for. Kalei is a young woman who is saved from drowning by a mysterious man. Eventually, they fall in love and marry. Kalei is about to have a baby when the young man leaves her to make, as he tells her, “a place for our son at the bottom of the pool.” With that, Kalei discovers something surprising about her husband…
Their son, Nanaue, is born laughing. Kalei soon discovers that he has an insatiable appetite! Nanaue simply can’t get enough to eat, and soon, the local fishermen are finding their nets empty of fish.
What will happen to Nanaue? What will happen to the starving villagers? In this simple retelling of a traditional Hawaiian folktale, graphic novel lovers are treated to the story of the Shark King, Kamohoalii and his son, Nanue. TOON Books has done it again, bringing us great content in a format younger students truly enjoy.
My emergent readers love the graphic novel format but struggle with tiny print and too much content on each page. The TOON books appeal to their sense of fun and exploration in a pared-down presentation of this popular format. I especially love that these books are so easy to provide for kids to enjoy at their own just-right level. TOON books are simply the best!