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“I believe in reading so much that if I could, I would make it
a constitutional law that every child must be read stories from their first months.”  

Karin Schimke in Cape Times

Last updated 2/9/2014

Independent news and reviews from the world of children's books

Editor: Mr Jay Heale

Book of the Month

JEFF AND GEORGE AND THE TOTEM POLE

Emily Child

Illustrated by Julia Anastasopoulos
(Puffin SA)

Gorgeous picture book of winter Cape Town featuring a boy (Jeff) and a small springbok (George) not unlike Piglet.  More ...

The Latest South African
Children's books

Picture book

JEFF AND GEORGE AND THE TOTEM POLE by Emily Child, illustrated by Julia Anastasopoulos (Puffin SA 2014)
Also in Afrikaans

Primary readers

JAMIE AND THE MAGIC WHISTLE by Helen Brain & Nicky Webb, illustrated by Rico Schacheri (Human & Rousseau 2014)

Non-fiction

MY CAPE TOWN ABC illustrated by Sandy Lightley (Struik Travel & Heritage 2014)
Discover Cape Town from Aquarium to Zeekoevlei!
 
TISSUE SALTS FOR CHILDREN by Margaret Roberts (Struik Nature) is not reviewed here as it is a health book for parents, but without doubt it will prove of benefit to children.

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 USBBY

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Quirky Opinions  Brandy

Booked myself in for two night’s pampering at Bartholomeus Klip Guest House, north of Wellington. Idyllic. Sumptuous. And I saw a leopard! Their fine cellar contains an excellent white blend Palladius (Chenin Blanc predominates) but, be warned, it’s not cheap. 

If you’re in the mood for fish at a branch of Ocean Basket, try their baklava. It’s good.

Remember ten years ago?

Books for Africa

It was in September 2004 that South Africa hosted the first ever IBBY Congress in Africa. Three days of conference activities at the Baxter Theatre – preceded by a Gala Opening at the Artscape Opera House – followed by the Closing Ceremony at Somerset House School and a Farewell Dinner at Somerset College. Officially 578 delegates from over 60 countries. Unofficially, easily over 600 – in fact, over a thousand if one counts all the volunteer helpers, librarians, exhibiting publishers and small Book Bokkies!

The next IBBY Congress will be held in New Mexico. South Africa will be represented by Kathy Madlener (Vice-Chair of IBBY SA), Dr Thomas van der Walt, and Carole Bloch and Ntombi Mahobe representing PRAESA, one of the winners of the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award this year.

OPEN BOOK FESTIVAL in Cape Town

It isn’t too late! The excitements start on 17 September. Go fast to http://openbookfestival.co.za/2014-festival/ to see the whole exciting programme and book your seats. Here are some of the famous names: Marguerite Poland, André Brink, Zakes Mda, Deon Meyer, Wilbur Smith, Sally Partridge, Zapiro … Take your children to meet the famous illustrator Satoshi Kitamura. And the Book Lounge has won the 2014 PASA Trade Bookseller of the Year (Independent) Award. Congratulations!

AGM of IBBY SA

The SACBF that organised the 2004 Congress is now IBBY SA (at it should have been anyway!) and remains in action. Other African IBBY sections exist in Egypt, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. Having always regarded itself as an “umbrella organisation”, it is reassuring to see representation on their newly-elected committee from: NB Publishers, LIASA, Praesa, SCBWI, Children’s Book Network – as well as UNISA and NW University. There was also a warm welcome for Alex Latimer, an illustrator with a rising reputation.

BOOKS COMING TO MY ATTENTION

The Book Lounge in Cape Town generously hosted the launch of my travel book Reading, Eating & Drinking my way around the world. May I quote a comment from Woman & Home: “snapshots of a life rich with delicious experience”, and from The Witness in Pmb: “it would be an ideal book to put next to a bed in a spare bedroom”. 

See this month’s Editorial for a look-back on Ian Lusted’s “Neighbours” series and his contributions as an illustrator.

SO FAR THIS YEAR

Bookchat has received the following books for review.

Fiction

“African Folk Tales” by Sindiwe Magona, illustrated by Nicole Blomkamp (David Philip 2014)
No.1 STRONGER THAN LION / No.2 GREEDY MAN, KIND ROCK / No.3 THE STRANGER AND HIS FLUTE / No.4 NOKULUNGA, MOTHER OF GOODNESS / No.5 BUHLE, THE CALF OF MANY COLOURS / No.6 THE WOMAN ON THE MOON
BOBBY by Elizabeth Pienaar (Human & Rousseau 2014)
DOGTECTIVE WILLIAM AND THE POACHERS by Elizabeth Wasserman, illustrated by Chris Venter (Tafelberg 2014)
DOGTECTIVE WILLIAM IN SPACE by Elizabeth Wasserman, illustrated by Chris Venter (Tafelberg 2014)
HAVE YOU SLURPED STRAWBERRY SOUP? by Nicole Levin, illustrated by Vian Oelofsen (Songololo 2014)
I KNOW THAT! by Maryanne Bester, illustrated by Shayle Bester (Jacana 2014)
IN SEARCH OF HAPPINESS by Sonwabiso Ngcowa (Cover2Cover 2014)
IT TAKES TWO! compiled by Rosamund Haden (Cover2Cover 2014)
JAMIE AND THE MAGIC WHISTLE by Helen Brain & Nicky Webb, illustrated by Rico Schacheri (Human & Rousseau 2014)
JEFF AND GEORGE AND THE TOTEM POLE by Emily Child, illustrated by Julia Anastasopoulos (Puffin SA 2014)
JOJO’S WIRE CAR written & illustrated by Veronica Lamond (Struik Nature 2014)
MAGGIE, MANGO AND SCOTTIE by Patricia Schonstein Pinnock, illustrated by Leigh Banks (African Sun Press 2014)
OLIVER STRANGE AND THE FOREST OF SECRETS by Dianne Hofmeyr, illustrated by Rob Foote (Tafelberg 2014)
REFILWE by Zukiswa Wanner, illustrated by Tamsin Hinrichsen (Jacana 2014)
THE MYSTERY OF AFRICA’S GREAT WHITE LIONS by Claudette Barnes (Kids in Books 2014)
THE TALES OF FABULOUS MR FOGGERTY story & pictures by Franky Aaron (Private 2014) 3 booklets in a slip-case
UNDER THE RAINTREE – An African Calendar, by Barbara Knutson, co-illustrated by Yvette Dunn (Art Publishers 2014)
ZERAFFA GIRAFFA by Dianne Hofmeyr, illustrated by Jane Ray (Frances Lincoln 2014)

Non-fiction

AFRICAN MAMMALS TO READ, COLOUR AND KEEP by Sally MacLarty (Struik Nature 2014)
MY FIRST BOOK OF SOUTHERN AFRICAN ANIMAL TRACKS by Chris & Mathilde Stuart (Struik Nature 2014)
KERO AND BEEBY by Reviva Schermbrucker (Duzi Publisahers 2014)
LEBOHENG AND POLO by Reviva Schermbrucker (Duzi Publisahers 2014)
LINDEKA MAURO AND ADELAIDE by Reviva Schermbrucker (Duzi Publisahers 2014)
MY CAPE TOWN ABC illustrated by Sandy Lightley (Struik Travel & Heritage 2014)
MYRTLE AND DANECE by Reviva Schermbrucker (Duzi Publisahers 2014)
LINDEKA AND VUYENE by Reviva Schermbrucker (Duzi Publisahers 2014)
THOBEKA AND SAMUKELO by Reviva Schermbrucker (Duzi Publisahers 2014)

Re-issues

AFRICAN MYTHS & LEGENDS by Dianne Stewart & Jay Heale (Struik Lifestyle: first combined edition 2001; new design & format 2014)
FAMOUS DINOSAURS OF AFRICA by Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, illustrated by Luis V Rey (Struik Nature: first edition 2008; second edition 2014)

DATES FOR 2014

10 to 13 September – IBBY Congress in New Mexico.
12 September – “Literacy is Louder than the Bomb” in Amphitheatre, Iziko SA Museum, Cape Town
17 to 21 September – Open Book Festival, Cape Town
26 to 27 September – 6th Annual JOZI Book Fair at Central Johannesburg College (Ellis Park)

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