Books: Little Brown Monster

SON OF TI-COYO (245 pp.)—Clément Richer—Knopf ($3).

Anyone willing to believe that a grown shark will take a small boy to be his friend instead of his lunch can have some mildly shocking fun with a sly yarn called Son of Ti-Coyo. A sequel to Ti-Coyo and His Shark (published in 1951), it is so neatly laced with urbane craft and malice that many parents will think twice before sharing it with the kiddies.

Guinéo, son of Ti-Coyo, is a Martinique moppet with the congenital amorality of a growing barracuda. He comes by his wicked ways naturally, since Daddy Ti-Coyo and Grandfather Cocoyo...

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