André the Aardvark’s Adventure
André the Aardvark bravely decides to venture out at night, but keeps getting the most awful frights. What with creepy noises, unseen things scratching him and eyes glaring at him, he wishes he was safely back in his burrow. Then he discovers he has friends who also like to go out at night, so there’s no need to be afraid of the dark. André the Aardvark’s Adventure is illustrated and written in rhyme by Robyn Williams. Struik Children, R80.
Kitty was being bullied at school by Dog and Giraffe – but then her Mommy showed her how to turn on her inner superpower. Powerful by Alicia Thomas-Woolf teaches children how to deal with bad, sad, scared and angry feelings in a deceptively simple story that could become a tool for life. It’s an anti-bullying, confidence-building song-and-action book that’s fun and carries an important lesson for all children, as well as their parents and teachers. It comes with a CD of the song and illustrations by Karin Arbuthnot. Ada Enup, R200.
Billy is confused … he has loads of friends, but they all look different, act in different ways and wear very different clothes. Is this okay, he wonders? In Sarah Tavola’s Perfectly Different rhyming story, Billy’s mum explains that it’s fine to be different and that the world would be a very dull place if everyone looked and acted the same. Sinan Hallak’s lively illustrations help to show three to six-year-olds the importance of embracing – and enjoying – individuality. Struik Children, R90.
Angry Owl Finds a Hobby
Angry Owl decides he needs a hobby. He tries playing the guitar, but the other birds all fly away. Rugby? Cooking? Painting? Angry Owl just can’t seem to find anything he’s good at. But in Angry Owl Finds a Hobby, he finally realises that practise makes perfect – and the other birds all agree! Kerryn Ponter wrote the story and drew the perky pictures. Struik Children, R70.
The Sandman’s Sand Isn’t Working
The Sandman’s job is to sprinkle his magic sand over children every night to make them fall asleep. But Mrs Mouse’s 12 children just can’t seem to settle and she’s wondering whether something is wrong with the Sandman’s sand. But it’s the Sandman himself who solves the mystery of why Mrs Mouse’s little ones keep jumping about when they should be asleep. Elana Alberts’ The Sandman’s Sand Isn’t Working is charmingly illustrated by Minette Wasserman. Struik Children, R80.
The Boy and the Tree
A sad boy climbs a hill and flops down under a giant old tree. He’s sad because all his friends have new and shiny toys and his only toy is a battered old panda. Then magic happens – the tree takes him on many wonderful imaginary adventures in space, on the ocean and to meet wild animals – showing him a tree is much better than any shiny toy. Marleen Lammers tells the charming rhyming story of The Boy and the Tree, while Anja Stoeckigt drew the enchanting illustrations. Puffin, R120.