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Total Quack Up Again! – Edited by Sally Rippin and Adrian Beck. Illustrated by Jules Faber.



Penguin Australia

October 2019

ISBN: 9781760893583

Imprint: Puffin

RRP: $14.99

Get quacking if you haven’t already and grab this second edition of hilarious stories from some of our most celebrated authors as well as one young newcomer!

The first TQU was a great success not only providing children with some super funny stories but raising funds for Dymocks Children’s Charities. At this critical moment Dymocks are well and truly focused on providing valuable support for children affected by the catastrophic bushfires which are still burning.

Featuring stories from Nat Amoore, Felice Arena, Adam Cece, Jules Faber, Tim Harris, Kim Kane, Belinda Murrell, A.L. Tait, Shelley Ware, Michael Wagner and Nova Weetman as well as young Coby Sanchez whose story The Duck Pond was determined the winner of the story-writing competition, this collection will have kids everywhere chuckling with gusto.

With all the aspects young readers are looking for including ridiculous situations, ‘smelly’ stories and weird characters this will be a welcome addition to any primary library.

Be sure to tell children how this book (and its predecessor) represents a special and generous initiative by not only the Dymocks group but the talented authors/artists who so generously give of their time and talent.

Highly recommended for readers from around 7 years upwards.

Gezani and the Tricky Baboon –  Valanga  Khoza & Sally Rippin


Ford St Publishing

9781925000740 (hardcover)
9781925000757 (paperback)
Publication date:
November 2014 (hardcover)
February (paperback)
Extent: 32 pages
Format: Picture book Landscape 236 x 236
$22.95 (hardcover)
$14.95 (paperback)
Category: Folklore
Age guide: 4 – 7 years


Valanga Khoza is a successful performer, originally from the Limpopo province in South Africa – sharing stories, songs and dance with his touring show ‘Out of Africa’. Valanga grew up in a community where few people could read or write so storying telling, music and dancing were integral aspects of the culture of his people. His performing is a way of keeping that culture alive and accessible to all.

In this colourful picture book, ably illustrated by the talented Sally Rippin, Khoza retells a traditional story of a little boy, Gezani, who is tricked by the wily Baboon but learns a valuable lesson and repays Baboon in kind.

Gezani’s grandfather sends him on an errand to deliver some bananas to his cousins. The boy sets off happy and proud to be trusted but is waylaid by Baboon, who plays on the boy’s compassion by telling Gezani that he is injured and thirsty. When Gezani goes to fetch Baboon some water, leaving him to mind the bananas, you can well guess what happens!

Downcast and ashamed of being so miserably fooled Gezani returns home to his grandfather’s scolding and the hooting jeers of his family and village. Gezani makes up his mind to play a trick on Baboon in return and comes up with a very clever plan.  He entices Baboon to a farmer’s field filled with luscious peanuts and when that naughty animal is busy stuffing himself with the nuts, Gezani slyly ties Baboon’s tail to the fence – and then alerts the farmer to the fact that his crop is being robbed, with dire results for Baboon. What’s that you say? Baboons have no tails? And now you will know why not!

A terrific book for sharing cultures from other countries, in line with the AC Literature strand – as well as just for fun!

Highly recommended for children Prep and up.

Find out more about Valanga here and listen to him here.