What may global warming do to our world? One possibility is that Table Mountain could become an island – and Lesley Beake envisages a community of Tekkies who live there, barricaded from the outside world. A girl who can remember the green land of Africa where she was born is a prisoner – and so […]
Young Story Books
A clever weaving of two threads of plot. A strange inventor has been strangled and young Shaka finds himself with what looks like a toy computer, though it’s a lot more than that. So we are sucked into a story of Computer Game world and murder, but also into the problems of dyslexia. The brief
The boy Oliver and his friend Zinzi are in the east coast forest of Madagascar where they encounter lemurs, leeches, pirates old and new, banana fritters, vandalism of ancient trees, escape down a rushing river and a nick-of-time helicopter. It’s wild, loopy, unlikely, unrelenting “adventure”.
This must be the first ever fantasy to describe Parktown, Johannesburg as a magically entrancing place! This is modern, magical, full of unexpected creatures (including an introspective Parktown Prawn) and nasty dangers. Night flying, a magical book, and a final air-borne battle. A whirling, wonderful tale for upper primary readers!
A superb magical adventure on the fringe of Hobbit country: in Dol Guldur, the lair of the Dark Lord, but also home to goblins, witches, wraiths and a slightly vicious Vampire. Scary and funny by turns, this dual creation by author and illustrator concerns a magical necklace made for the Dark Lord. Nervously giggly.
A dog who can talk, use a computer and catch international criminals. It was all Mother’s fault for entering that competition with a cruise to Mauritius as the prize. Anyone could have guessed that dastardly pirates would be somewhere around.
A rollicking, delightful story about children in Durban diving into a mystery story a hundred years ago – the mysterious wreck of the SS Waratah. Chirpily illustrated, this adventure story is fun, full of interest and the whole excitement of finding out.
A simple, warming story of a rural boy in an urban schoolroom where he feels out of place as a newcomer. A reluctant learner who proves his own worth Superb soft pencil drawings. Available in all SA languages.
Gentle storytelling about Vumile who is mostly interested in soccer and Katie who discovers a baby dragon that turns out to be a Dwarf Chameleon. With Lisa Strachan’s gorgeous colour plates, the rest of the book is a treasure hunt, trying to spot the elusive chameleons – with 14 plants and 20 insects and birds
In a pet shop the caged creatures seem vaguely happy until a captured parrot arrives and tells them about “heaven” – which is to be free. A Great Escape is planned. But creatures from the wild are not going to find much freedom in a city. A schoolgirl suggests Rehabbers who will send creatures back
Hurray for small creatures and small places and large-hearted people! In this case: Western Leopard Toads, the new Skilpadsvlei wetland in Kommetjie, and people like Wally Peterson. A simple, moving and vital story of how rare toads lost their home pool because new houses had to be built. So Wally and the good folk of
One of the fine My First Book series. This new addition features 58 creatures (fish, birds, plant life and plankton) with simple descriptive text in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa and isiZulu. The “notebook” details show which shoreline the creature frequents, at what depth of the ocean, what it eats, how big it is and, of course,
Sengi is an elephant shrew (that’s what a ‘sengi’ is) whose new friend Tortoise tries to take him to meet a real elephant. On the way they encounter the dangers of a Hornbill and a Serval – and having a Very Big Friend comes in handy. An animal picture book story about size and safety
An unpretentious, enjoyable collection of 23 poems about ordinary life in an ordinary family. A little cricket boy With a big cricket bat A little cricket ball And a big cricket hat Encouraging to read of normal, loving family activities. Nothing arty-crafty. Good line and colour pictures by Meg Jordi. It carries warm recommendations from
A new writer and a newcomer to our illustrating scene (though Olivia has already won a “Best Newcomer Award” at the Bologna Book Fair). Five brief stories, although they read together as one, about an ordinary girl in an ordinary home whose best friend is Copia – the girl quite like her who lives in