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Abiyoyo: Based on a South African Lullaby and Folk Story Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Seeger, Pete, Hays, Michael (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689718101     ISBN-13: 9780689718106
Publisher: Aladdin
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: March 1994
Annotation: "A boy and his father are banished because the father, a magician, has a habit of making things vanish. But when the monster Abiyoyo appears . . . the father makes Abiyoyo disappear, and all is forgiven."--"Kirkus Reviews." Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Folklore; South Africa.
Magicians; Folklore.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Legends, Myths, Fables
Dewey: 398.2/1/0968
LCCN: 93025730
Lexile Measure: 610
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Series: Reading Rainbow Book
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 7.75" W x 0.25" (0.35 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 9751
Reading Level: 2.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q00061
Reading Level: 3.2   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 2.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
No one wants to hear the little boy play his ukelele anymore..."Clink, clunk, clonk." And no one wants to watch his father make things disappear..."Zoop Zoop "

Until the day the fearsome giant Abiyoyo suddenly appears in town, and all the townspeople run for their lives and the lives of their children Nothing can stop the terrible giant Abiyoyo, nothing, that is, except the enchanting sound of the ukelele and the mysterious power of the magic wand.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2002 Spring)
In this ""storysong,"" a ukelele-strumming boy and his magician father are banished: their passions annoy the townspeople. But after each uses his talent to smite the giant Abiyoyo, they earn some respect. The mural-like illustrations reinforce the storyƆs worthy enthusiasms: music, magic, and the idea that every voice matters. A CD featuring Seeger performing the titular song is included. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1986 April #4)
Folksinger, musician and storyteller Seeger first told this story-song to his children over 20 years ago and has now written it as a book. It's based on a South African lullaby and folksong, yet it's too rollicking and exciting to lull a child to sleep. A ukulele-playing boy and his magician father are always getting into mischief, so they are banished to the edge of their town. There they have an opportunity to redeem themselves when Abiyoyo, a horrible, people-eating giant approaches the village. The story is so lyrical that Seeger's voice can be heard on every page. Hays, in his first picture book, creates a beautiful multicultural village. His sea of many-colored faces and costumes is exhilarating and expressive. The giant Abiyoyo is massive and jagged-toothed, but childlike and nonthreatening. The book is a triumph of storytelling and art. (All ages) Copyright 1986 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2001 September #3)
Folk singer Pete Seeger's adaptation of the South African folktale Abiyoyo, first recorded in 1956, now comes with a sing-along CD (see Children's Audio, Sept. 10) in honor of the book's 15th anniversary. Michael Hays's artwork depicts the global villagers who drive a magician and his ukulele-strumming son to the edge of town only to invite them back when they make Abiyoyo the giant disappear. Seeger partners with Paul DuBois Jacobs to profile the same town 30 years later in Abiyoyo Returns, also illus. by Hays. Here, the father-son team is drafted to bring back Abiyoyo; they believe the giant alone can help them in their efforts to build a dam and save their town. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2001 September #2)
Abiyoyo, the popular picture-book version of a storysong by Pete Seeger, illustrated by Michael Hays, turns 15 in October. To celebrate, Simon & Schuster is issuing a special anniversary edition of the book, which will come packaged with a CD recording of Seeger performing two different versions of his work in colorful storytelling style, one from 1956, the other, a live performance captured in 1991. Inspired by a South African folktale, the story of how a father and son vanquish the giant named Abiyoyo has long been a favorite and has been featured on PBS's Reading Rainbow. In addition to the audio bonus, Seeger fans have still more to cheer about: the original hardcover (without CD) will remain in print and a sequel, Abiyoyo Returns, will be released in October as well. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1986 August)
K-Gr 3 The words in this story-song flow along with the same ease and naturalness as Seeger's well-known telling on the recording, Abiyoyo and Other Story Songs (Folkways, 1967). There are only minor changes in this version, and the style reflects an oral rather than a literary tradition as Seeger switches from past to present tense in the text. Seeger combines his sense of humor and drama to turn disturbing events to high-spirited fun, as a father and son, turned out by their neighbors as troublemakers, use the very objects that bother peoplethe boy's clinking-clonking ukelele and the father's magic wandto obliviate Abiyoyo, monster on the loose, and so come back into community favor. The tale contains levels of meaning and powerful metaphors for those who choose to pursue them. If Hays' oil-on-linen illustrations are not always successful, it may be that they seem too studied when matched with Seeger's spontaneous, colloquial style. For example, the father is a magician in the simplest sense, yet Hays renders a ``magic shop'' in the background, with doves, rabbits, silk hatsnot the stuff of most folk tales. In peopling the village, too, he seems to be laboring to make a global statement, surrounding the black boy and his father with people of all races, places, beliefs. His Abiyoyo is a shadowy, looming figure against the blood-red sky, at first a faceless force, growing larger, and finally a towering glaring figure full of terrible witless energy. What is surprising about this Abiyoyo is the lack of earthiness. He is not sinew and muscle, but an automaton with a metallic gleam, the huge overalls he wears seeming an incongruous folksy touch. Still, there are also some very fine illustrations here, and this is a book worthy of attention. It merits a wide audience. Susan Powers, Berkeley Carroll Street School, Brooklyn Copyright 1986 Cahners Business Information.