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Summary: The folklore of many cultures is filled with stories about the adventures the “little people.” The Irish have their leprechauns, Arabs have their Jinn, and South Africans have their Tokoloshe. This book is filled with stories that recount the adventures, and exploits of one particular Tokoloshe. This collection of short stories is drawn from southern African folklore.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read youreself: 10 to 12
Adult Reader Reaction: This book is imaginatively conceived and exceptionally well illustrated. This book is filled with intriguing characters, a variety of exciting adventures. The author and Illustrator are at the top of their games and have produced a creative and imaginative work.
Pros: This is fun to read. Although the book's audience is preteen and its locale is South Africa, readers of any age and culture will enjoy the adventures of the Tokoloshe.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. I recommend this book for a child's bookshelf or for the classroom library at school. The Tokoloshe has an impish strain in his character that will delight adolescent readers.
Educational Themes: Whether reading the book by themselves or in groups, readers will find that they want to talk about the characters and the adventures. They will certainly want to know whether their own cultural heritage has its own Leprechauns and Tokoloshe.
Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 5.7
Literary Categories: Fiction - short stories, middle grade, fables and folklore, cultures and tradition, multicultural