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SOUTH AFRICAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS

 

Children’s literature tells tales of rabbits and ducks, of vampires and zombies,
of ordinary kids in ordinary homes, of love and death, and explores the
most profound, joyful and troubling aspects of human experience. 

– David Almond

Last updated 4/11/2013

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Book of the Month

Monday Evening, Thursday Afternoon

MONDAY EVENING, THURSDAY AFTERNOON

Jenny Robson

Tafelberg 2013

Best friends should surely be allowed to stay best friends? More ...

The Latest South African
Children's books

This display panel lists the most recent South African children’s books which have been reviewed. See the Reviews section (by year).

Picture book


CURLY THE CHAMELEON by Charles de Villiers, illustrated by Clare Norden (Struik Nature 2013)

STORIES FROM MY GRAMPS by Rodger Shagam (Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co. Houston 2013)  

Teenage

HEARING HELEN by Carolyn Morton (Human & Rousseau 2013)

MONDAY EVENING, THURSDAY AFTERNOON by Jenny Robson (Tafelberg 2013)

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Quirky Opinions  Brandy

My own choice for daily brandy drinking remains Olof Bergh Solera. More taste and flavour than many better-known brands.

The Dolcé Café in Kenilworth Centre, Cape Town, serves an “Early Bird” breakfast of 2 eggs (on toast), 2 bacon rashers, caramelised onions and cherry tomatoes, with chips, for R27. (Coffee extra.) There’s value for money!

 “Bistro” means “Quickly” in Russian. Impatient Russian customers, it seems, started the Bistro style restaurants in Paris. The beginning of fast-food?

Book of the Month

Monday Evening, Thursday Afternoon 

MONDAY EVENING, THURSDAY AFTERNOON

Jenny Robson

Tafelberg 2013

Best friends should surely be allowed to stay best friends?

A teenage novel with two main themes: friendship and conflicting religions. We have been wary in this country to write about religion. (Sex and violence sells more books.) This even-handed writing is reassuring while being confrontational. So often the culprit is not people but entrenched attitudes. For thoughtful teenagers and, if any remain, thoughtful parents. Strongly recommended.

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