Zanzibar by Catharina Valckx and Antony Shugaar (trans.)
When renowned journalist (and lizard) Achille LeBlab goes looking for exceptional characters to feature in his newspaper, it inspires a wonderful crow, Zanzibar, to attempt a feat so remarkable that it was bound to make headlines: to lift a camel in the air using just one wing! In pursuit of his dream, Zanzibar heads south towards the desert where something amazing happens.
This quirky little gem of a book, with its delightful language, humour and simple childlike illustrations, is guaranteed to engage young readers. Accompanied by a wonderful cast of animal characters, Zanzibar discovers what it means to be extraordinary while learning to value the simple everyday things. At its core, this charming tale is also a celebration of the importance, support and encouragement of friends.
Highly recommended for junior independent readers aged 7+ and their classrooms; it’s also an ideal read-aloud story the family will enjoy.