Sunday, April 05, 2009

Lost Treasures (Part 3)

Last post, I promised sharks - so here's a shark. The story (in French again) is called "La Requin et la Pecheur" or "the Shark and the Fisherman." It is the thrilling account of the meeting between these two adversaries, written and illustrated in 1989 by yours truly.

If you know me, I have a bit of an obsession with sharks. Started when I was 5 and watched JAWS on TV, taped it and rewatched it thousands of times. (Sometime, I'll have to do a post on influential movies that defined who you are...) Ever since then, I've had a longing to confront the beast. Ultimately, I have decided that before I die, I must cage-dive with Great White Sharks. This will happen someday. Two steps towards that goal were taken last December: learning to scuba dive and swimming with Whale Sharks. I'll let you know when I'm ready to face the big boys!

Anyway, here is my story from Grade 6 - translated into English below. Please feel free to laugh along with me while we read it!

"The Shark and the Fisherman" By Peter

A story written and illustrated by Peter, from Grade 6, North Vancouver, 1989.

One day, a fisherman called Joh went to sea to catch a fish.

When he was at sea, he saw some fish.

All of a sudden, he saw a shark.

The shark tried to eat the fish.

The shark caught the hook on the end of the fishing rod.
The fisherman pulled the shark onto his little boat and killed it.

Joh brought the shark to his house and ate it.

The end... I guess. Kinda predictable and again brutal. I liked my high perspectives in a couple of the illustrations. Poor shark.

Next and last (for now) is the Main Event, the book I am most proud of - "The Adventures of Flat-Foot, the Deinonychis."


Dinorider d'Andoandor said...

HAHAHAHA! poor Shark!
I like tales from children perspective, they can be so cute and brutal!

"Un livre inédit de l'auteur et l'illustrateur Peter..." hey! that was a prophecy! ... err... well, I guess you already were that by then. Cool man!

BTW I liked the sun's funny faces!

Prehistoric Insanity said...

I'm going to have drum up a kid at a skool I taught at last week for plagrism. All he did was replace your shark with a sea monster, and instead of eating it he put it in a museum.

I thought it sounded like a classic tale, and now I'm reminded of which one :P

I agree with Dinorider, the Sun's faces add a background emotion metre, and let's me know what I should be feeling on each page. Outstanding!

Raptor Lewis said...

That's a cute little story, Pete...A little brutal, but otherwise I like it. I had no idea you knew French. Cool!

Hmm...I wonder if shark tastes good.