Book Review - Lyle The Crocodile

by Dianne Stewart. Illustrated by Joan Rankin (Jacana) ISBN 9781431424139


What’s a crocodile with toothache to do, when he can’t get an appointment with a dentist? 

His friends take him to see Dr Molar, the lion, after hours - but Lyle doesn’t like the look of the equipment, and leaves with only a caution to clean his teeth to avoid decay. His bad breath gets worse and worse, until nature comes to the rescue in the form of Pippa, the Plover. 

Based on the myth that the Nile crocodile and the Egyptian Plover have a close relationship, it’s a tale intended for children, to encourage them to look after their teeth. But I found the illustrations of the dentist and his tools scary rather than amusing, as I think they were intended to be. (Childhood dentist phobia is strong with me!) 

However, award-winning illustrator Joan Rankin’s clever watercolours are quirky and interesting. If you can laugh at Lyle the Crocodile’s silly fears, you’ll enjoy reading this story with young readers. 

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Book Review - Dudu’s Basket

by Dianne Stewart (Jacana) ISBN 9781431423286 


This beautifully illustrated children’s book follows the journey of a basket which has been woven by a young Zulu girl named Dudu. 

Her grandfather tells her that according to the Zulu Proverb, the first basket one weaves should be given away, or else the weaver might never get around to making another one. As the basket makes its rounds, we are introduced to different people and the different uses they have for the basket. 

This is a great read for young children as the illustrations not only capture their attention, but introduces them to different cultures as well. 

Ashleigh Seton-Rogers
www.writerswrite.co.za
3/5

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