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Janet Keegans was born in the UK, but raised in Africa — first Uganda, then Zimbabwe. Her childhood playground was the African bush, literally at the end of the garden. After a career in advertising, she now lives in Cape Town, but the magic of Africa’s remote wilderness, wildlife and folklore remains close to her heart.
on June 23, 2012 :
Combine a cheeky young monkey, a heroic quest, a little African magic, lots of funny bits, gorgeous illustrations, and you have the perfect children’s story. Adults will also enjoy it (as I did!) One of the things I most like about Janet Keegan’s writing is her faithful depiction of the African landscape and it’s creatures. Whilst anthropomorphised, her animals nevertheless stay true to their natural character. Kubuka, for instance, loves fruit and is not above stealing some bananas from an African village! I thoroughly enjoyed this gem of a book, which I originally bought for my nieces. Not to be missed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on June 18, 2012 :
Very good...I'm sure it will delight any one who reads it. I had the pleasure of enjoying it whilst on safari in Africa; and couldn't help imagining the personality of each novel character in the real animals I saw!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)