ESTELLE SINKINS takes a look at some delightful new children’s and young adults’ books available now.
The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter, illustrated by Quentin Blake, published by Penguin Random House
FROM Beatrix Potter, the creator of Peter Rabbit, comes the tale of a serious, well-behaved young black cat, who leads a daring double life defeating vile villains.
Potter created some of the world’s most beloved characters, and they will be coming to life in a movie slated for Spring 2018. And this book, written in 1941 but never illustrated, introduces the charming Kitty-in-Boots, who has been imagined by Quentin Blake.
When Miss Kitty sneaks out to go hunting in her beautiful boots she gets herself into all sorts of scrapes, but on this particular night she meets the foxiest hunter of them all—Mr. Tod! This utterly entertaining tale is filled with mistaken identities, devious villains, and even an appearance from Peter Rabbit.
Mr Hare Meets Mr Madela by Chris van Wyk, illustrated by Paddy Bouma. Published by Jacana
MR Hare Meets Mr Mandela is one of the last stories Chris van Wyk wrote before he died and it originally appeared in the Sunday Times Storytime: 10 South African Stories for Children.
When Mr Hare finds a R200 note on his doorstep and turns the note over, he sees Mr Mandela’s face and decides to brave the big city of Johannesburg to return it to him. But Mr Hare cannot read and he comes across many people along the way who want to get their hands on Mr Mandela’s money. Mr Hare also cannot work out why the note keeps changing colour!
Elevation 1: The Thousand Steps by Helen Brain, published by Human & Rousseau
SIXTEEN-year-old Ebba has never known life outside the underground bunker known as the Colony. When she is elevated to join the elite on the surface in a post-apocalyptic world, she discovers that she has a sacred task to find four lost amulets so that Theia, the Earth Goddess, can regain power and save the world from a final Calamity.
This is the first title in a fast-paced dystopian fiction trilogy, written by Durban-born author Helen Brain, set in a futuristic Cape Town.
Brigadier and the Spirit Pony by Marga Jonker, published by Tafelberg
GABI, her sister Alexandra and her horse Brigadier have joined their estranged father and his girlfriend for a week’s holiday in the Harkerville forest near Plettenberg Bay.
Brigadier has come along to the forest cottage, specifically chosen for its stables and facilities for horses. Gabi meets two local boys who invite her to go riding in the dense forest.
But Gabi feels an unease in Brigadier. Is it just because he misses the wide open spaces of Melkbosstrand? Should she have paid more attention to Sibella’s warnings about nightwalkers? And could a week really be long enough to get to know their father, absent from their lives for so many years?
Everyone’s favourite troublemaker is back in William the Bad now with a fun and contemporary new cover illustrated by Chris Garbutt.
William doesn’t understand why he’s not invited to Robert and Ethel’s fancy-dress party – what could possibly go wrong? Desperate for an invite, his search for the perfect costume causes mayhem. Somehow nothing ever goes to plan when William the Bad is around!
There is only one William. This tousle-headed, snub-nosed, hearty, lovable imp of mischief has been harassing his unfortunate family and delighting his admirers since 1922.