Who is King? And other tales from Africa by Beverley Naidoo, Illustrated by Piet Grobler

All kinds of animals feature in these ten sparkling stories from all over Africa, by an award-winning author and illustrator. Find out what happens to Lion when he challenges Elephant and discovers who is the real king of the savannah; laugh along with Tortoise as he bewitches the animals in Leopard’s work-party with his irresistible music; find out why Hippo has no hair, how Elephant got his trunk, and why Cockerel crows. Then read about the woman who had a mouse-child! The stories are drawn from  the rich folklore of Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Malawi, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and are perfectly matched by Piet Grobler’s wonderful illustrations.

Frances Lincoln


Ice in the Jungle by Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar

When Ice’s mother tells her that they’re going to move to an exciting new place, Ice isn’t so sure. She likes her home and her friends, and the fun they have together. The journey takes forever, and their new home is very strange. Everything is different – the weather, the food, the people and the language. Ice tries to make friends, but everyone seems too busy and preoccupied to care.

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As a teacher, I see this as a useful tool that can be utilised in the classroom in order to help students empathise with children who have English as an additional language (EAL). I can see the potential for using it in circle time sessions as a stimulus for discussion.

As a picture book enthusiast, I think the illustrations are fun, bright and unique in style. The cover has been designed beautifully, the thick blue outline of the bear against the warm African tones of the jungle create a fantastic juxtaposition.

As a parent, I think my children will enjoy the illustrations, find the characters cute and feel sad for Ice (the polar bear).

Child’s Play Books are publishing some lovely picture books with great writers and illustrators. Check out their website to find more of their titles.

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The Hunter by Joe Sparrow

One aristocratic hunter is about to face his toughest quarry: a mythical beast composed of all his vanguished trophies!

In a time centuries before our own, one arrogant hunter has grown bored of sport. Only the legends of a mythical beast excite him now, but when he goes hunting for the creature he quickly discovers that he is outmatched. Because this beast is not any mythical animal but is composed of all the hunted prey killed in the past, and it is most certainly out for revenge.


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Keep your eyes peeled for a Q&A with Joe Sparrow coming soon! Also a possible magpie hybrid beast!

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Lulu Loves Flowers by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Inspired by her book of poems, Lulu sets out to make a flower garden like Mary, Mary Quite Contrary. Lulu picks the seeds she wants and waits for the flowers to grow. Her mum and dad help her with the project. Dad helps her hang shells over the flower bed and mum helps her make a flower sketch book.

The book is a nice introduction to living things that children can create in the space available to them. It can also be used as a good starting point to discuss how plants reproduce, and the different parts that make up a flower.

Why not read this book to your little ones and then take them to the garden centre and create your very own flower garden.

Published by Alanna Books