Saturday that passed was our second Cape Town Bookstagram & Book Blogger meetup, and I had the best time with these delightful souls.I had a fascinating conversation with a book blogging friend at the meetup. Muneebah was telling me about her thesis on children’s literature, and we started talking about how this genre isn’t really focused on as much as it should be. Most of my friends in the book community have formed a passion for reading because of the books they read as kids; and so have I. This led me to think about the books on the market for children these days, which was funny since Imagnary House contacted me a couple of weeks back about reviewing some of their children’s books.
These are the books I received from them:
This adorable storybook is about a girl named Lucy who is fascinated by the sounds all around her. But something about the sound of shoes draws her in completely. She dreams of wearing high-heeled shoes and being a grown-up! One morning Lucy sneaks into her Mum’s bedroom and fits on her favourite pair of bright red stilettos. Surprised that they fit so perfectly, she wears them to school, all excited that her dreams have finally come true! As the day progresses, however, Lucy starts to wonder if she really wants to feel grown-up after all…
Lucy and Mum’s Shoes is a wonderfully enjoyable book, filled with something for all the senses. It was entertaining and fun filled; but also quite relatable too. I think all of us dreamed of being adults as kids! We wanted to drive and sit at the big table and wear bright shiny red stilettos that made cool sounds. So even though this is a book for children, I feel that the grownups reading this little story will have a laugh or two thinking back to the good old days. And in my mind, that makes everyone happy (haha).
Get a copy of Lucy and Mum’s Shoes from Imagnary House’s online store.
About Imagnary House: We are a small, boutique publisher and bookstore with a special focus on children’s literature, as we have a heart for children’s literacy and imaginations in Southern Africa.
We were founded in May 2016 by Brad Harris, who built the premise of Imagnary House on the back of his experience working with traditional publishers and self-publishing agents. Noticing a hole left in Africa for children’s literature, he focused his own literary passion towards this end… enter, Imagnary House.
With this heart for publishing in South Africa, we knew releasing books only in English and Afrikaans wasn’t enough, and that a necessary addition to our toolkit was being able to publish in indigenous African languages. We’re very happy to say that we’ve begun this journey by making our publication list open to Xhosa manuscripts and translations, and we soon hope to take on Zulu and Sotho.
One day, we hope to make the children’s books that we love available in every part of our beautiful country. We believe that enjoying the ability to read is the right of a child from all languages, areas, cultures, and backgrounds… (sourced from the Imagnary House ‘About’ page)
My review for Tina Tadpole: Witch in Training should be up closer to the launch date (20 May 2017). What are some of your favourite children’s books? Let me know in the comments below!