Posts Tagged ‘fame’

Zanzibar by Catharina Valckx

July 25, 2019 Comments off

zanzibarZanzibar by Catharina Valckx. Pub. Gecko Press, 2019.

Wonderful story about the quest for fame. Is it worth it?

Zanzibar crow is at home doing what he is good at and what he enjoys – cooking omelets and eating them. I could live with that. Achille LeBlab a journalist with the local paper knocks on his door and asks if he can do anything exceptional.

When told he is ordinary Zanzibar sets out to do something exceptional to prove  Achille wrong and to find fame. He choses to show a rare feat of strength by lifting up a camel with one wing although a skinny dromedary will do.

See how he gets on in this very entertaining and readible short novel for junior readers although older readers will get a kick out of this too. Beautifully illustrated with the characters of Zanzibar and his friends outstanding.

How to Be famous by Michal Shalev

January 6, 2016 Comments off

how to be famousHow to Be famous by Michal Shalev. Pub. Gecko Press, 2015.

Another stunning picture book from Gecko written on several levels for children and adults.

This is the age of the selfie and I am sure that if the pigeon in this story had a cellphone it would be full of selfies.

The pigeon crosses that fine line between confidence and self delusion. On the first double page spread  we see a typical pigeon hangout with a declaration of this is my family and we are all famous. The uncle was a bit of a rascal.

Then follows a two page history of famous relatives from the Ark to the great war. This is followed by a trip to the zoo where we learn of the pigeon’s  self obsessed fame leading to his unexpected demise.

Simple written text with superb pencil and watercolour illustrations. The crocodile runway is terrific.

if you miss this one you will kick yourself.