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Footloose the Mongoose and His Wonderful Ohana
by Elaine Olelo Masters  Illustrator Jeff Pagay 

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Books by Elaine Olelo Masters
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Children

Publisher:  Island Heritage Publishing ISBN-10:  0896104222 Type: 
Pages: 

32

Copyright:  Jan 1 2001
Fiction

Footloose, a Hawaiian mongoose, suddenly must share his bedroom with his cousins, Loko, Moko, Spim, Spam, and Pukalani. He runs off with his friend Shifty for a great adventure.


When Footloose finds his bed over-full of cousins, he paddles away with Shifty to another island for a day of play. Coming back, they encounter a storm and are aided by the turtle, Mrs. Honu. Footloose is delighted to discover that, in his absence, more rooms have been added to their burrow--but Footloose soon grows lonely all by himself and decides his cousins are great company--particularly when Pukalani cooks his favorite dish, spider stew!  

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Excerpt

Footloose the Mongoose and his friend Shifty sat outside the little house in the bushes by the big, wide ocean. Footloose played his ukulele and sang. Shifty harmonized. It sounded beautiful.

Off in the distance, who should appear but Footloose's uncle and auntie and his five little cousins: Loko, Moko, Spim, Spam, and their sister, Pukalani.

Footloose's father called out, "Hey, brah, you visiting or what?"

His brother said, "Maybe more than visiting. A bulldozer smashed our house. We got no place to stay."



Professional Reviews

Storytime with Animals
Reviewed by Jolie Jean Cotton in The Honolulu Advertiser, July 7, 2001.
In her sequel to "Footloose the Mongoose and the Jumping Flea," Elaine Masters (who, for the record, occasionally reviews adult books for The Advertiser) explores the trials and tribultations of big families sharing close quarters. She succeeds in creating a story that has definite kid appeal.

Footloose's aunt, uncle and five cousins come to live with him when they lose their home. The night they arrive, Footloose and four of his cousins share the same bed.

"Everyone in the ohana slept well that night. Everyone except Footloose. When he turned on his left side, WHAM! Loko's shoulder bumped his nose. When he turned on his right side, WHACK! Moko's elbow banged his eye. When he lay on his back, WHOMP! Spim's leg slapped his stomach.

And Spam? He snored so hard the whole bed shook."

The next morning, Footloose and his friend Shifty stumble into trouble. Coming out the other end of near disaster unscathed, Footloose has a new appreciation for his extended family.

The book closes with a crisp explanation of the importance of Hawaii ohana and the music, words, and ukulele chords for an original song by the book's illustrator, Jeff Pagay, who provides the story's colorful cartoon art.

Masters is a free-lance writer who has eight previously published books.



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Reader Reviews for "Footloose the Mongoose and His Wonderful Ohana"

Reviewed by Retardo Culo 9/23/2002
you have been visited by the MaD cLiCkeR. In order to improve your chances for the radio show at AD. Quantity matters!! hehehehe. You are welcome!
Reviewed by Kacie Rahm 8/25/2002
I wanna read it!


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