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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Catharina Valckx
Age Range: 6-8
One morning Achille LeBlab, a special correspondent for The Voice of the Forest, knocks on Zanzibar’s door. He wants to write an article about an exceptional character. Zanzibar knows he cooks a fine mushroom omelette and his singing is passable, but the spectacled lizard reporter thinks otherwise. “Aside from your poetic name, I’m afraid you’re a very ordinary crow.” He states rather condescendingly.
Zanzibar is a tad despondent. He believes he has a lot of potential but to be remarkable he needs to achieve some sort of incredible feat. After speaking to his friend Paulette the mole, Zanzibar decides he’s going to travel to the desert where he needs to find a camel or to be more precise, a dromedary!
An uplifting, quirky chapter book by award-winning Dutch author and illustrator Catharina Valckx, translated from French by Anthony Shugaar, about an endearing crow who figures that anything is possible if you believe in yourself. Valckx’s witty text and vignette pen and ink illustrations are sure to make Zanzibar popular with a whole host of new readers.
Bruno (2017) also by Valckx is reviewed on the Outside In World website.