Punky Aloha (Hardcover)

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By Shar Tuiasoa, Shar Tuiasoa (Illustrator)
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“Punky Aloha’s special sunglasses help her overcome her shyness to ‘be helpful; be giving; be brave.’ A great story on how to be brave and grow. Shar Tuiasoa’s warm and round illustrations add softness to this sweet, empowering story.”
— Tildy Lutts, Belmont Books, Belmont, MA

Description


Meet Punky Aloha: a girl who uses the power of saying "aloha" to experience exciting and unexpected adventures!

Punky loves to do a lot of things—except meeting new friends. She doesn’t feel brave enough.

So when her grandmother asks her to go out and grab butter for her famous banana bread, Punky hesitates. But with the help of her grandmother’s magical sunglasses, and with a lot of aloha in her heart, Punky sets off on a BIG adventure for the very first time.

Will she be able to get the butter for grandma?

Punky Aloha is a Polynesian girl who carries her culture in her heart and in everything she does. Kids will love to follow this fun character all over the island of O’ahu.

About the Author


Shar Tuiasoa is a Polynesian illustrator from the island of O’ahu, in the town of Kailua, Hawai’i, where she was born and raised. After studying Fine Art at her local community college, she headed to California where she earned her BFA in illustration from Laguna College of Art and Design. When she is not in the ocean, enjoying the vibrant culture of her home, Shar spends her time imagining and creating for her illustration business, Punky Aloha Studio.



Shar Tuiasoa is a Polynesian illustrator from the island of O’ahu, in the town of Kailua, Hawai’i, where she was born and raised. After studying Fine Art at her local community college, she headed to California where she earned her BFA in illustration from Laguna College of Art and Design. When she is not in the ocean, enjoying the vibrant culture of her home, Shar spends her time imagining and creating for her illustration business, Punky Aloha Studio.

Praise For…


A bold palette of verdant greens and rich teals set against warm golds and browns easily evokes the island setting, while curvy, exaggerated figures and simple, linear compositions give the digital art an airy effortlessness. With her messy topknot, flip-flops, and skateboard, bespectacled Punky is an utterly charming protagonist, and her narration moves effectively from early anxiousness to confident triumph. Break out a pair of oversized shades to give some added oomph to some readers’ theatre or an island-themed storytime. — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

This is a tender, happy story that will make a delightful read-aloud.

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[Illustrations] lush in greens, blues, oranges, and yellows summon the island’s warmth, giving an airy ease to a sweet intergenerational story of interacting with one’s community—and gaining a “heart full of courage.” — Publishers Weekly



Product Details
ISBN: 9780063079236
ISBN-10: 0063079232
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: June 7th, 2022
Pages: 32
Language: English