A hairy hippo? A lion that could fly? A crocodile prince? They all feature in this book of animal takes from Africa. Although aimed mainly at children between the ages of seven and twelve, this would also be a good read-aloud book for the family.

Nick Greaves, a geologist who has a fascination with wildlife and animals, recounts some of the myths and legends of Southern Africa in a way that is easily accessible and fun. In addition to the stories, the author also included some facts about the creatures that feature in the stories, to answer some of the questions that young readers may have about the real animals on which the fictional ones were based. The book is strikingly illustrated by David du Plessis, a graphic artist and illustrator with a BSc degree and a particular interest in natural history.

ISBN 978-1-77584-187-6, Struik Nature