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Fun books for youngsters

Want to get your kids reading and playing? Try these Afrikaans books for different age groups. You can either help to improve their Afrikaans – or get one as a gift for an Afrikaans friend. PS: For the first two, no knowledge of Afrikaans is needed! By Elmari Potgieter

My Model: Modester (R89,95, Human & Rousseau)

This book is part of Human & Rousseau’s bestselling collection, My Model. It has colouring pictures and two pages of funky stickers with which girls will be able to design lots of super-fashionable outfits. The collection was originally published by Éditions Caramel in Belgium as Trendy Models.


My Model: Modeprinses (R89,95, Human & Rousseau)

Another new colouring book from the collection My Model by Human & Rousseau. It has two pages of funky stickers with which girls will be able to give their models a funky glam-rock look. It will keep little girls busy for hours. Originally published as Trendy Models by Éditions Caramel in Belgium.


Gabriella En Die Hertog Van Harte by Marga Jonker (R130, Tafelberg)

In an effort to keep her mother’s memory alive, Gabriella decides to bring her mom’s beloved horse Donnabelle’s bloodline back to their farm in Namibia. Her investigations end at an agricultural school in the Boland where she finds Duke, one of Donnabelle’s foals. Here she meets Robert, a Grade 12 boy who is also a horse whisperer.


Elton Amper Famous April En Juffrou Brom by Carin Krahtz (R130, Tafelberg)

Elton April has written a book about his life in his new school. His Afrikaans teacher – the offbeat Miss Broom – plays a big part in the story. She is unlike any teacher Elton has ever encountered. Grade 7 to 9 readers will enjoy the humour in the quirky commentary and doodles in the margins and between the lines – all supposedly added by Elton as an afterthought after finishing the book.


Swemlesse Vir ’n Meermin by Marita van der Vyver (R140, Tafelberg)

Hanna, the main character in the author’s bestselling Die Ongelooflike Avonture Van Hanna Hoekom (2002), writes a ‘manual’ for her sister Ariel. This manual is also part diary/journal, as Hanna relates daily happenings in their household and at school, including meeting her brother’s friend Benjamin, with whom she falls head over heels in love.


Speurder Kwaaikofski: Soene En Sirkusse by Jürgen Banscherus (R99,95, Human & Rousseau)

The circus is in town and Kwaaikofski is called in to help when Vanessa, the star of the show, keeps making the same mistake at every performance. Kwaaikofski soon suspects some monkey business at Circus Zampano. Suitable for children from six to nine years. Banscherus’s books have been translated into 12 languages so far.


Speurder Kwaaikofski: Muise En Gespuise by Jürgen Banscherus

Finally, Kwaaikofski gets his long-wished for computer, and he doesn’t have to solve his cases like a detective in the middle ages! And it is just in time, because Kwaaikofski’s new case leads him deep into the dangerous and mysterious world of computer hackers. Suitable for children from six to nine years.


Lotta Se Lewe: ’n Haas Uit Die Hoed by Alice Pantermüller (R130, Human & Rousseau)

Lotta has chicken pox and can’t go to school. It’s so boring at home! When her friend Chantelle comes to visit, they decide to get themselves really cool hobbies, but that is much easier said than done. They finally find the best hobby ever trying to become famous movie stars when Zack Zeeman comes to shoot his new movie at their school! Suitable for readers aged eight to 12 years.


Slim Vang … Die Grap! by Pieter van der Lugt (R85, Tafelberg)

Here are 100 new and original Afrikaans jokes, following the success of the first book of jokes by this author, Hoe Meer Haas … Hoe Minder Wortels! Maja Sereda’s line drawings enhance the humour even further.

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