Now for something completely different! Talent Competition, written and edited by Michelle Holloway, is a talent competition all on its own. Absolutely beautiful artworks (much more involved than ‘illustrations’) and charming text will enthrall listeners (read aloud) as well as readers of all ages. We will be using it with our CBN children and asking […]
A large-paged picture book in which the illustrations are (incredibly) created by hand-stitched embroidery by Reviva Schermbrucker. The story lets Apples, on a motor scooter, visit much of South Africa before returning home for Christmas. Fascinating.
A very very simple story about a very very big fear in the minds of many small children. What’s that noise in the dark? Oh, Mummy! Common sense is not enough. A very small kitten is enough! Joan Rankin supplies soft, sympathetic water-colour pictures. A picture book to be shared.
Happy and frolicsome! Verse text romps along with a small boy looking forward to his party. Unfortunately, all the local wild animals want to come as well for the wrong reason. Who is going to be eating what? But Mother has the right answer – as mothers always do. Plenty of vigour and humour. Lovely
A delicious read-aloud picture-book with the kind of build up towards ultimate disaster which children adore – and an ending which nobody will guess. The text is sheer enjoyment; the pictures share the chaotic anticipation. Wait till you see Grandfather’s pyjamas! Just a gorgeous story which children will clamour for as bedtime reading again and
In an African setting, this is the tale of the fisherman who catches a fish that talks and, out of kindness, sets it free. But his greedy brother reckons this magic fish – which is not unlike a coelacanth – is worth a few wishes. So their grass hut becomes a brick house, and the
This book is extraordinary. I have never before seen so much packed into the intricate pages of a picture book. We start with a fluffy parrot chick and by the end of the book (and the year) he is able to fly. Meanwhile his mother, who has been self-elected Queen of the Birds, decides to
A generously-sized picture book story whose author and artist are well aware of the excitement of football, the bleak desolation of the Cape Flats, ever-present danger in such a life and the exuberance of being young. Support from Biblionef has enabled GOAL! to be published in all South African languages.
There is something wondrous and majestic about standing on a seaside cliff and watching the whales. Using a story inside a story, here is a boy facing up to the death of his grandfather and helped by the realisation that all of us, just like the whales, have a journey to take through life. Evocatively
This story was inspired by the first sentence in a San story found in the Bleek and Lloyd archive at the University of Cape Town. In that story, a man brings home a lion to his wife. In this modern version, Dad brings home a lion and says its a dog. His sons disagree –