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Niki Daly’s Much-loved Characters Return in Next Stop, Zanzibar Road!

Next Stop, Zanzibar Road!New from Pan Macmillan, Next Stop, Zanzibar Road! by Niki Daly:

It’s a hot day on Zanzibar Road and Mama Jumbo puts on her jazzy dress and her “Flippy-floppy, flappy-slippy, this-way-that-way pom-pom hat”, hops in Mr Motiki’s taxi and heads off to the market.

After a long day of shopping as Mama Jumbo heads home, Mr Motiki’s taxi has a puncture! How will Mama Jumbo save the day and get home to Little Chico? Later Mama Jumbo sews Little Chico a cute, tutti-frutti shirt from a piece of fabric that she got at the market. Little Chico is delighted with everyone’s reactions until Baba Jive says that he looks good enough to eat.

The quirky and much-loved gang from Zanzibar Road is back for another fun-filled adventure with Mama Jumbo, Little Chico and a host of colourful and entertaining characters that will delight children and adults alike.

Niki Daly’s high regard for children is always beautifully expressed through the books he creates for them. He has won numerous awards at home and abroad for his lyrical writing and gently humorous illustrations.

“South African culture flows proudly in this vibrant tale that’s sure to be a hit as a read-aloud or as a beginning-reader.” School Library Journal

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Beeld gesels met Mick en Chloë Inkpen oor Zoe and Beans

Zoe and Beans“Die moeilikste aspek daarvan om ‘n prenteboek-illustreerder te wees, is sekerlik die eensame aard daarvan,” het illustreerder Mick Inkpen aan Beeld gesê.

Daarom is dit goed dat hy met sy dogter saamgespan het om die oulike Zoe and Beans-kinderboekreeks te skep. Die pa-en-dogter-span gesels in Beeld oor hul werkswyse:

Met ’n van soos Inkpen was dit seker so bestem dat die pa-en-dogter-span Mick en Chloë hul kreatiewe talente sou saamvoeg om ’n kinderboekreeks te skryf.

Zoe and Beans is die eerste projek wat die twee Britse skrywer-illustreerders saam aangepak het.

Dié reeks prenteboeke handel oor die avonture van ’n parmantige vierjarige, Zoe, en haar steekbaardbrak, Beans. Daar is tot dusver vier boeke in die reeks, Where is Binky Boo?, The Magic Hoop, Zoe’s Christmas List en Pants on the Moon!


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New Children’s Book: Zoe and Beans: Where is Binky Boo?

Zoe and BeansZoe loves her doll Molly, but so does her dog, Beans. And it’s become a bit of a problem. It all began when Beans lost his favourite toy, Binky Boo. Will Zoe and Beans ever find him? Let’s hope so, because Molly is getting very stinky!

Join the lovable, lively Zoe and her devoted dog Beans on their very first adventure, Zoe and Beans: Where is Binky Boo?. The beginning of an exceptional new series featuring two adorable characters all children will love! Zoe and Beans features heart-warming comic storytelling combined with vibrant characterised illustrations.

About the authors / illustrators

Mick Inkpen is one of today’s most popular picture-book author/illustrators and the creator of Kipper and Wibbly Pig. His daughter Chloë Inkpen grew up surrounded by picture books. She has a natural gift for storytelling and was awarded second place in the 2008 Macmillan Prize for Illustration.

Now father and daughter have come together for a unique picture book partnership. Zoe and Beans is an exciting first-time collaboration from a star father and daughter team.

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The Good Guide: Nechama Brodie on What Your Kids Should be Reading

Inside JoburgNechama Brodie, author of Inside Joburg browses some of the books she thinks kids should be reading. Move over Stephenie Meyer and her gormless vampires, there are better finds out there:

Young adult bookshelves are overwhelmed by angel/vampire/boarding-school knock-offs. It’s as if Stephenie Meyer had mated with Enid Blyton to produce a generation of impossibly beautiful, hormonal kids who prefer texting to lacrosse and a diet of blood and/or souls to toad-in-the-hole or blancmange. While the emo cookie-cutter approach might work in terms of generating sales, most of the books are awful. Teenage girls and more than a few moms won’t mind, but there’s no reason you have to choose the over-sugared milk chocolate when really good dark stuff is available.

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New Edition of Chris Van Wyk’s Abridged Version of Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to FreedomNelson Mandela is a true hero of our times, loved and admired across the globe. Long Walk to Freedom tells the story of his life, from his carefree days as an ordinary village boy, to his unflinching leadership of the ANC, the long years in prison and his eventual freedom and extraordinary elevation to President of South Africa.

This is an important book bringing an inspirational man to life for a younger generation. The text is abridged by Chris Van Wyk and the artwork is provided by Paddy Bouma. The official picture book edition is supported by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

“We are happy that all children are now able to read…the story of the long road we traveled for freedom in South Africa” – Nelson Mandela

About the Author

Chris van Wyk was born in Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto in 1957. He was educated at Riverlea High School in Riverlea, Johannesburg where he still lives and works as a full-time writer. He writes poetry, books for children and teenagers, short stories and novels.

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Meet Pan Macmillan and Picador Africa at the Cape Town Book Fair

Pan Macmillan at the 2010 Cape Town Book Fair

Pan Macmillan is delighted to invite you to participate in its programme of events at the Cape Town Book Fair! Here are the highlights of the programme, and scroll down for a table of all our events – including a wonderful children’s series and plenty of author signings.

Long Walk to FreedomEggs to Lay, Chickens to HatchThe Elephant WhispererFighting for JusticeEmperor Can Wait

Programme higlights

Saturday 31 July

  • 11h30- 12h00, Children’s Zone: Come meet and listen to the author Chris van Wyk and illustrator Paddy Bouma, celebrating the illustrated children’s edition of Long Walk to Freedom.
  • 11h00-11h45, Room 1.63/1.64: Lawrence Anthony, the author of The Elephant Whisperer, takes you through his charming and moving account of how he saved a herd of elephants.
  • 13h00- 13h45, Room 1.43/1.44: Join Jay Naidoo, Peter Harris and Elinor Sisulu as they discuss issues related to Fighting for Justice and together take a look at the role of leadership in politics and our future facilitated by Cape Times Editor, Alide Dasnois.
  • 16h00-16h45, DALRO Forum (H9): Chris van Wyk, the acclaimed author of Shirley Goodness & Mercy takes us through the journey of writing his second memoir Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch.

Sunday 1 August

  • 10h30-11h00, Children’s Zone: Come meet and listen to the author Chris van Wyk and illustrator Paddy Bouma, celebrating the illustrated children’s edition of Long Walk to Freedom.
  • 12h00-12h45, Room 1.42: Chris van Wyk, the acclaimed author of Shirley Goodness & Mercy, and Tyrone August (from the Cape Times), take us through Chris’ journey of writing his second memoir Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch.
  • 13h00-14h45, DALRO Forum (H9): Jay Naidoo and Ryland Fisher in conversation: facing global issues of social justice.
  • 14h00 – 14h45, Pick ‘n Pay Chef’s Theatre (F15): “Emperor can wait – while we eat” is a famous Chinese proverb that captures the importance of food. Join Emma Chen as she shares her childhood stories while whipping up a few of her famous dishes.
  • 15h00-15h45, DALRO Forum (H9): Lawrence Anthony author, explorer, conservationist and humanitarian talks to Kerryn Fischer, editor of the National Geographic Traveller, about his work and book The Elephant Whisperer.

Monday 2 August

  • 10h00-10h45, DALRO Forum (H9): Lawrence Anthony, the author of The Elephant Whisperer, takes you through his charming and moving account of how he saved a herd of elephants.
  • 10h00-10h45, Pick ‘n Pay Chef’s Theatre (F15): “Emperor can wait – while we eat” is a famous Chinese proverb that captures the importance of food. Join Emma Chen as she shares her childhood stories while whipping up a few of her famous dishes.
  • 11h00- 11h45, DALRO Forum (H9): Chris van Wyk, the acclaimed author of Shirley Goodness & Mercy takes us through the journey of writing his second memoir Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch.


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Pan Macmillan Kids Events at the 2010 Cape Town Book Fair


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View the complete Pan Macmillan programme, including author signings and children’s events

Pan Macmillan Cape Town Book Fair Programme of Events


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  • The Elephant Whisperer: Learning About Life, Loyalty and Freedom From a Remarkable Herd of Elephants by Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    EAN: 9780330506687
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Saturday Story Hour with Chris van Wyk at Boekehuis

Long Walk to FreedomNelson Mandela 20 years of freedom 1990 – 2010

20 yrs later – We commemorate the Long Walk – for kids!
20 jaar later – ons onthou die Lang Pad na Vryheid – vir kinders!

Please join us for the Boekehuis Storie-Uur / Story Hour with Chris van Wyk, who will read from his adaptation of Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom. Delightfully illustrated by Paddy Bouma, this book brings an inspirational man to life for a younger generation and is published in South Africa’s eleven official languages. (All languages are available OR can be ordered from Boekehuis.)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Event details

  • Date: Saturday 20 February 2010
  • Time: 10:00 AM for 10:30 AM
  • Venue: Boekehuis
    cnr Lothbury & Fawley
    Auckland Park
    Johannesburg | Map
  • RSVP: Boekehuis, 011 482 3609,

About the author

Chris van Wyk is the author of many books, amongst them poetry collections, children’s books, especially non-fiction for children. His delightful memoir Shirley, Goodness and Mercy about growing up in the Coloured township of Riverlea, Jhb, “is like eating dark chocolate – rich and bittersweet, and best when you savour it slowly, experiencing the richness as it melts in your mouth. His powerful writing is simple and clear, and the bright, bold characters in his book burst out of the pages” (the Write Co.).

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The Story Behind the Worldwide Release of Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom for Children

Long Walk to FreedomZiyanda Manaway and Nelson Mandela

Back in the 1980s, Nelson Mandela was front and center on the world stage. Now, Macmillan aims to see history repeat itself, thanks to a global, 13-language launch of the picture-book adaptation of his autobiography.

The company’s unprecedented release of Long Walk to Freedom “was intended to reflect Nelson Mandela’s importance to South Africa and the world,” says Emma Hopkin, managing director of Macmillan Children’s Books in the U.K. This ambitious effort involved intense collaboration between Macmillan U.K., Pan Macmillan South Africa, and Roaring Brook in the U.S., also part of the worldwide Macmillan family, which adapted the text and cover art for an American audience.

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New Long Walk to Freedom Grabs Christian Science Monitor‘s Attention

Long Walk to FreedomPan Macmillan’s new childrens edition of Nelson Mandela’s epic biography, Long Walk to Freedom caught the eye of the Christian Science Monitor’s Chapter and Verse blog:

He’s sold nearly six million copies of his adult autobiography and now Nelson Mandela is targeting the youth market with a child-friendly version of his “Long Walk to Freedom.” Fifteen years after the release of the original, the former South African president was presented with the new children’s version by his great grandson Ziyanda ahead of the official launch in Johannesburg.

The 64-page illustrated book with a sketch of Mandela on the front has been released in all 11 of South Africa’s official languages plus American English and Portuguese. Like the 600-page adult version, the children’s book chronicles Mandela’s childhood, the fight against apartheid, his 27 years in prison, and the road to the presidency in 1994. The English version is the only one in hardback, said Lara Cohen from publisher Pan Macmillan.

Mandela, who is more commonly known in South Africa by his clan name Madiba, was said to be happy with the children’s book. Verne Harris, acting chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said: “The book is aimed at six to 10-year-olds. Madiba withdrew from making public comments several years ago but he did give a short message at the launch to say he was pleased with the book and that children could have fun reading it.”


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Illustrator Paddy Bouma Talks about the New Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to FreedomPaddy Bouma illustrated the new, Chris van Wyk-abridged Long Walk to Freedom – a task that took almost a year to complete. She calls the work the crowning piece of her career in this interview with Bianca Capazorio:

With Nelson Mandela's strong focus on children and literacy, it is no surprise that his life story, Long Walk to Freedom has been rewritten as a children's book.

Abridged by Chris van Wyk, who worked on the original, and illustrated by Paddy Bouma, the book was launched in Cape Town to coincide with literacy month.

It will be available in all 11 official languages.

'Our children are our greatest treasure'

Mandela's great-grandson, Ziyanda Manaway, 8, was at the Joburg launch and read out a message from his great-grandfather.

“Our granddad believes that education and reading are two of the most important things for children. He has asked me to read you this message: 'Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. The system of apartheid robbed many children of their right to a decent education and of the joy of reading. This joy is one that I have treasured all my life, and it is one I wish for all South Africans'.”

Cape Town-born illustrator Bouma said that illustrating the book was “the crowning piece of one’s career”.

Bouma, who now lives in Stellenbosch, was originally approached by Pan MacMillan books and after being vetted by the Mandela Foundation, was given the go-ahead in December 2007.

The drawings took her nearly a year to complete and Bouma said the book was challenging in several ways.

“It’s a very big book, it’s twice the size of a normal picture book,” she said of the hardcover book which has more than 50 pages.


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