The Sticky Doll Trap by Jessica Souhami

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Hare is a cheeky rascal who prefers to have a nap while the other animals are scratching in the earth searching for water. Hare tricks Monkey and then Hyena into shutting their eyes tight while he fills his calabash with the newly-found water and scampers away. By now, the animals are angry, and decide to have their own back. They make a huge, gummy, sticky doll, set it up at the water's edge, and wait...

This traditional trickster tale dates back to the Uncle Remus story of Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby, and can be found in different versions all over South and West Africa, North and South America - even in a Jataka tale from India. Jessica Souhami has turned a West African version into a comic, read-aloud story accompanied by stunning, brilliantly coloured collage to create a book bursting with fun for very young readers.

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Jessica Souhami studied at the Central School of Art and Design. In 1980 she formed Mme Souhami and Co, a travelling puppet company using colourful shadow puppets with a musical accompaniment and a storyteller. Her illustrations, like her puppets, use brilliant colour and bold shapes and her characters leap and swoop across the spreads. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Sausages! , In the Dark, Dark Wood , Baba Yaga and the Stolen Baby , Leopard's Drum , No Dinner! , Rama and the Demon King , The Famous Adventures of a Bird Brained Hen , The Little, Little House , Mrs McCool and the Giant Cuchulainn and King Pom and the Fox . Jessica lives in North London.
Published March 1, 2011 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Monkey is first, but Hare comes by with his empty calabash (a kind of bowl), sticks a finger in it and licks it: “Dee-licious!” Hare tells Monkey to shut his eyes to get a taste, but what Hare does, of course, is steal some water and run away.

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