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What is it? By Robyn Penn, Kate Sidley and Ann Roberts

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What is it? It isn’t like me. Do you think it’s dangerous?

Created at Book Dash Johannesburg on 27 July 2015 by Robyn Penn (illustrator), Kate Sidley (writer) and Ann Roberts (designer).

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Mrs Penguin’s Perfect Palace, by Helen Brain and Celeste Beckerling

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The Penguin family lives on the beach, surrounded by rubbish. Until one day, Mrs Penguin says: we need a house! But how will they build one?

Created at Book Dash Cape Town 10 May 2014 by Helen Brain (writer), with Vian Oelofsen and Jennifer Jacobs. Illustrated by Celeste Beckerling.

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The Best Thing Ever, by Melissa Fagan, Lauren Nel and Stefania Origgi

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Muzi loves to build with his toys. But when he leaves them behind to travel to uGogo’s house, he discovers something very special about the world. And he learns something new about himself.

Created at Book Dash Cape Town 5 March 2016 by Lauren Nel (illustrator), Melissa Fagan (writer), and Stefania Origgi (designer).

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Lara the Yellow Ladybird, by Martha Evans, Catherine Holtzhausen and Nadene Kriel

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A yellow bug in a world of red, Lara the Ladybird just wants to fit in.

Created at Book Dash Cape Town 5 March 2016 by Catherine Holtzhausen (illustrator), Martha Evans (writer), and Nadene Kriel (designer).

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Little Sock and the Tiny Creatures, by Lili Probart, Jon Keevy and Chani Coetzee

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It’s wash day for the Socks, but where has Little Sock gone?

Created at Book Dash Cape Town 5 March 2016 by Lili Probart (illustrator), Jon Keevy (writer), and Chani Coetzee (designer).

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Hippo Wants to Dance, by Megan Andrews, Sam Beckbessinger and Marisa Steyn

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Hippo wants to dance. Won’t anyone dance with her?

Created at Book Dash Cape Town 5 March 2016 by Megan Andrews (illustrator), Sam Beckbessinger (writer), and Marisa Steyn (designer).

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Who is our friend? by Gerhard Van Wyk, Jade Mathieson and Lara de Groot

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Rhino, Crocodile, Giraffe and Zebra all have an unlikely friend. Can you guess who he is?

Created at Book Dash Cape Town 5 March 2016 by Gerhard Van Wyk (illustrator), Jade Mathieson (writer), and Lara de Groot (designer).

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When I Grow Up, by Simóne van der Spuy, Michele Fry and Jennifer Jacobs

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I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Can you help me choose?

Created at Book Dash Cape Town 5 March 2016 by Simóne van der Spuy (illustrator), Michele Fry (writer), and Jennifer Jacobs (designer).

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Springloaded, by Thea Nicole de Klerk, Sam Wilson and Chenél Ferreira

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Neo’s father is an inventor. When he invents a helicopter hat and flies away, Neo decides to make an invention of her own.

Created at Book Dash Cape Town 5 March 2016 by Thea Nicole de Klerk (illustrator), Sam Wilson (writer), and Chenél Ferreira (designer)

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The Elephant in the Room, by Sam Wilson, Michael Tymbios and Thomas Pepler

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Lindi finds a very large elephant in her room. But is it really there if no one else believes in it?

Created at Book Dash Cape Town 28 June 2014 by Michael Tymbios (illustrator), Sam Wilson (writer), Thomas Pepler and Arthur Attwell (designers)

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Shongololo’s Shoes, by Marteli Kleyn, Megan Lotter, and Jacqui L’Ange

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Shongololo has lost his shoes, and the other animals are NOT being very helpful. Will he ever find them?

Created at Book Dash Cape Town on 5 March 2016 by Marteli Kleyn (designer), Megan Lotter (illustrator) and Jacqui L’Ange (writer).

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Thato’s Birthday Surprise, by Brad Cuzen, Corinne Lamoral-Rosmarin and Jodi Houareau

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It is one week until Thato’s Birthday. His mama tells him he will have a big surprise. What will it be?

Created at Book Dash Durban on 7 November 2015 by Brad Cuzen (illustrator), Corinne Lamoral-Rosmarin (writer) and Jodi Houareau (designer).

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What if…? by Cristy Zinn, Mary-Anne Hampton and Julie Smith-Belton

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Nandi is wondering all sorts of strange things about the world. And it begins with a simple question: What if…?

Created at Book Dash Durban on 7 November 2015 by Mary-Anne Hampton (illustrator), Cristy Zinn (writer) and Julie Smith-Belton (designer).

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Sbu’s Special Shoes, by Megan Pirie, Éidín Griffin and Mark Hardie

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Sbu’s little brother finds Sbu’s favourite shoes. When he tries them on, he discovers something very special about them.

Created at Book Dash Durban on 7 November 2015 by Éidín Griffin (illustrator), Megan Pirie (writer) and Mark Hardie (designer).

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Sima and Siza, by Claire Ingram, Lwando Xaso and Arthur Attwell

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Sima wants to be a nurse one day. His favourite game is hospital-hospital. But papa and his friends do not approve. What will change their minds?

Created at Book Dash Johannesburg on 27 July 2015 by Lwando Xaso (writer), Claire Ingram (illustrator) and Arthur Attwell (designer).

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There Must be a Rainbow, by Sinomonde Ngwane, Nerissa Govender and Thulisizwe Mamba

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In this delightful tale of hope, Jabulile’s dream of helping people comes true after a terrible storm hits the Valley.

Created at Book Dash Durban on 7 November 2015 by Sinomonde Ngwane (illustrator), Nerissa Govender (writer) and Thulisizwe Mamba (designer).

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Sindi and the Moon, by Zanele Dlamini, Thokozani Mkhize and Wesley van Eeden

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Sindi buzzes with colourful songs and dance. Will starting school end all that?

Created at Book Dash Durban on 7 November 2015 by Wesley van Eeden (illustrator), Zanele Dlamini (writer) and Thokozani Mkhize (designer).

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A Beautiful Day, by Lindy Pelzl, Elana Bregin, and Raeesah Vawda

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It’s a beautiful day for a picnic. Everyone wants to join in the fun.

Created at Book Dash Durban on 7 November 2015 by Lindy Pelzl (illustrator), Elana Bregin (writer) and Raeesah Vawda (designer).

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I Will Help You, by Fathima Kathrada, Olivia Villet, and Andrea Abbott

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When Mama Heron needs help, Lungile comes to her rescue. 

Created at Book Dash Durban on 7 November 2015 by Olivia Villet (illustrator), Andrea Abbott (writer) and Fathima Kathrada (designer).

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Londi: The Dreaming Girl, by Lauren Holliday and Nathalie Koenig

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Londi loves to dream all day. But where will her dreams take her? 

Created at Book Dash Durban on 7 November 2015 by Lauren Holliday (illustrator), and Nathalie Koenig (writer).

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Searching for the Spirit of Spring, by Mosa Mahlaba, Selina Morulane and Sibusiso Mkhwanazi

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Nkanyezi can’t wait for the Spring festival, but the people of Ndlovu have lost their spirit of celebration. She must go in search of the spirit of Spring. What will she find?

Created at Book Dash Johannesburg on 27 July 2015 by Selina Morulane (illustrator), Mosa Mahlaba (writer) and Sibusiso Mkhwanazi (designer).

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Whose button is this? by James Woolley, Paul Kennedy and Louise Gale

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Tinny Tim sets out on an adventure to return a lost button. Along the way he goes exploring, has a miraculous escape, and makes new friends.

Created at Book Dash Cape Town on 28 June 2014 by James Woolley (illustration), Louise Gale (design) and Paul Kennedy (writing).

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Why is Nita Upside Down? by Roxana Bouwer, Sarah Bouwer and Emma Hearne

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Nita’s hanging upside down. Can she turn the right way round?

Created at Book Dash Johannesburg on 27 July 2015 by Sarah Bouwer (illustrator), Roxana Bouwer (writer) and Emma Hearne (designer).

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Rafiki’s Style, by Audrey Anderson, Louis Greenberg and Wesley Thompson

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Rafiki’s style is all his own, but when the Cool Cat Crew struts by, he starts to wonder if it’s good enough.

Created at Book Dash Johannesburg on 27 July 2015 by Audrey Anderson (illustrator), Louis Greenberg (writer) and Wesley Thompson (designer).

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Grandpa’s Gold, by Kerry Saadien-Raad, Elsabé Milandri and Mathilde de Blois

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The children are talking about their grandpas. Giraffe’s grandpa can build a skyscraper. Elephant’s grandpa can cook a massive feast. But whose grandpa will give the children the biggest surprise?

Originally created at Book Dash Cape Town on 28 June 2014 by Elsabé Milandri (illustration), Mathilde de Blois (design) and Kerry Saadien-Raad (writing).

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Karabo’s Question, by Natalie Edwards, Liesl Jobson and Marike Beyleveld

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Little Karabo watches all the grown-ups in her family, and wonders, ‘What do I do? What do I know?’

Created at Book Dash Johannesburg on 27 July 2015 by Natalie Edwards (illustrator), Liesl Jobson (writer) and Marike Beyleveld (designer).

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Walking Together, by Louwrisa Blaauw, Bianca de Jong and Jade Mathieson

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A walk to the clinic doesn’t have to be dull, when there are so many wonderful things to see on the way.

Created at Book Dash Johannesburg on 27 July 2015 by Louwrisa Blaauw, Bianca de Jong (illustration, design) and Jade Mathieson (writing).

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Is There Anyone Like Me? by Fred Strydom, Jess Jardim-Wedepohl and Stephen Wallace

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I wonder if there’s another me somewhere in the world…

Created at Book Dash Johannesburg on 27 July 2015 by Jess Jardim-Wedepohl (illustrator), Fred Strydom (writer) and Stephen Wallace (designer).

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How about you? by Renate van Rensburg, Margot Bertelsmann and Ronèll Botes

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You don’t need to be alike to be friends. When two very different children meet an unusual creature, it’s a chance to ask, How About You?

Created at Book Dash Johannesburg on 27 July 2015 by Margot Bertelsmann (writer), Renate van Rensburg (illustrator) and Ronèll Botes (designer).

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Amazing Daisy, by Nozizwe Herero, Siya Masuku and Leona Ingram

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On a little farm lives Daisy, a little chicken who wishes she could fly. All the other chickens laugh at her daily flying practice. But one day something amazing happens …

Created at Book Dash Johannesburg on 27 July 2015 by Nozizwe Herero (writer), Siya Masuku (illustrator) and Leona Ingram (designer).

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Little Ant’s Big Plan, by Candice Dingwall, Steven McKimmie and Telri Stoop

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This is a story about a little ant with a big plan, and how his love for reading saved the day.

Created at Book Dash Johannesburg on 27 July 2015 by Candice Dingwall (writer), Steven McKimmie (illustrator) and Telri Stoop (designer).

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Lory Dory, by Sonia Dearling, Brendon O’Neill and Arthur Attwell

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Lory Dory was born invisible. No one understands that she is real. Until, one day, she finds a way to show them who she is.

Created at Book Dash Johannesburg on 27 July 2015 by Sonia Dearling (illustrator), Brendon O’Neill (writer) and Arthur Attwell (designer).

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A Tiny Seed by Nicola Rijsdijk & Maya Marshak

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In a village on the slopes of Mount Kenya, a little girl worked in the fields with her mother. She worried as she saw the big forests disappearing, but she knew the power of a tiny seed.

The story of Wangari Maathai, created at Book Dash Cape Town on 30 August 2014 by Nicola Rijsdijk and Maya Marshak.

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Bathtub Safari by Sarah-Jane Williams, Robert McEwan & Tracy Lynn Chemaly

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Jack’s bath time takes a wild turn as things in his bathtub start to change, and a group of animals becomes part of his adventurous bathtub safari!

Created at Book Dash Cape Town on 28 June 2014 by Sarah-Jane Williams, Robert McEwan & Tracy Lynn Chemaly.

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Tortoise Finds His Home by Maya Fowler, Katrien Coetzer, and Damian Gibbs

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Tortoise sets off in search of his house. Along the way, he meets new friends to help him. But the sky is darkening, and lightning flashes in the distance. Will Tortoise find his house in time?

Created at Book Dash Cape Town on 28 June 2014 by Maya Fowler, Katrien Coetzer and Damian Gibbs.

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Miss Helen’s Magical World by Jacqui L’Ange, Wendy Morison, and Nadene Kriel

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This is the story of Helen Martins’ battle against darkness, told by one of the creatures she loved best, the wise old owl.

The story of Helen Martins, created at Book Dash Cape Town on 30 August 2014 by Jacqui L’Ange, Wendy Morison, and Nadene Kriel.

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A Dancer’s Tale by Samantha Cutler, Thea Nicole De Klerk, and Roberto Pita

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Phyllis Spira was dancing by the age of four. That was just the beginning of her journey towards becoming one of South Africa’s Prima Ballerinas.

The story of Phyllis Spira, created at Book Dash Cape Town on 30 August 2014 by Samantha Cutler, Thea Nicole De Klerk, and Roberto Pita

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Zanele Situ: My Story by Liz Sparg, Jesse Breytenbach, and Andy Thesen

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As a young girl Zanele Situ was told that she would never walk again. Being in a wheelchair did not stop her. She worked and trained hard and became a winning athlete on the world stage. This is her story…

The story of Zanele Situ, created at Book Dash Cape Town on 30 August 2014 by Liz Sparg, Jesse Breytenbach, and Andy Thesen.

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Singing the Truth by Louwrisa Blaauw, Jade Mathieson, and Bianca de Jong

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Learn about the amazing life of a little girl who grew up to use her gift of singing to help bring freedom to South Africa.

The story of Miriam Makeba, created at Book Dash Cape Town on 30 August 2014 by Louwrisa Blaauw, Jade Mathieson, and Bianca de Jong.

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Sindiwe and the Fireflies by Tess Gadd, Cherene Pienaar, and Jano Strydom

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There once was a girl named Sindiwe Magona. She had a special gift for stories. At night, little Sindiwe’s grandmother told her magical stories about ogres and giants, animals of the forests and the little creatures of the veld. This was Sindiwe’s favourite time. See how she grows up to live out her own adventures and she travels over oceans to change the world with her stories. 

The story of Sindiwe Magona, created at Book Dash Cape Town on 30 August 2014 by Tess Gadd, Cherene Pienaar, and Jano Strydom.

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Queen of Soweto by Jessica Taylor, Mia du Plessis and Marli Fourie

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Basetsana Kumalo is a beauty queen, but she’s also so much more. She teaches us that true beauty is about having a heart filled with love and generosity. Her story shows us that if you have courage and determination, you can achieve your dreams – whatever they may be.

The story of Basetsana Kumalo, created at Book Dash Cape Town on 30 August 2014 by Jessica Taylor, Mia du Plessis and Marli Fourie.

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Graca’s Dream by Melissa Fagan, Karlien de Villiers and Marike le Roux

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The inspiring story of Graça Machel, and her dream to instill a love for reading and learning in the children of Mozambique and the rest of Africa.

The story of Graça Machel, created at Book Dash Cape Town on 30 August 2014 by Melissa Fagan, Karlien de Villiers and Marike le Roux.

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Together We’re Strong by Liesl Jobson, Alice Toich and Nazli Jacobs

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From the day she was born to the day she died, Albertina Sisulu lived a life of love and sacrifice. A brave girl who rode a horse, she was a blessing to her family, to her community and to South Africa. This story of a unique and powerful woman, who stood up for her beliefs no matter what, will inspire and enchant.

The story of Albertina Sisulu, created at Book Dash Cape Town on 30 August 2014 by Liesl Jobson, Alice Toich and Nazli Jacobs.

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Sizwe’s Smile by Vianne Venter, Genevieve Terblanche and Lauren Rycroft

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Today Sizwe learns that a smile is something you can give away without losing it. 

Created at Book Dash Cape Town on 28 June 2014 by Vianne Venter, Genevieve Terblanche and Lauren Rycroft.

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A House for Mouse, by Michele Fry, Amy Uzzell and Jennifer Jacobs

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Mouse is looking for a new house. Friendly animals offer to share their homes with him. But nothing is right until he finds his own little spot, warm and cosy.

Created at Book Dash Cape Town on 28 June 2014 by Michele Fry, Amy Uzzell and Jennifer Jacobs.

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Maddy Moona’s Menagerie by Candace Di Talamo, Rachel Zadok and Nick Mulgrew

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It’s Maddy Moona’s birthday and she really wants a pet! But which silly animal will picky Maddy get?

Created at Book Dash Cape Town on 28 June 2014 by Candice Ditalamo, Rachel Zadok and Nick Mulgrew.

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A Fish and a Gift, by Jesse Breytenbach, Liesl Jobson and Andy Thesen

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Yusuf waits on the beach while Papa pushes out his boat. Surfers, turtles and sharks come from the sea. What will Papa bring back for Yusuf?

Created at Book Dash Cape Town on 28 June 2014 by illustrator Jesse Breytenbach, writer Liesl Jobson and designer Andy Thesen.

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Come Back, Cat! by Karen Lilje, Nicola Rijsdijk and Sam Scarborough

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A delightful tale about an independent cat.

Created at Book Dash Cape Town on 28 June 2014, by Karen Lilje, Nicola Rijsdijk and Sam Scarborough. Translated into Afrikaans by Maya Fowler as Kom Terug, Kat!.

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Sleepy Mr Sloth, by Paul Kennedy, Nick Mulgrew and Graham Paterson

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He’s quite good at climbing. He knows how to swing. But sleeping’s his favourite, favourite thing!

Created by Paul Kennedy, Nick Mulgrew and Graham Paterson (and edited by Tarryn-Anne Anderson and Arthur Attwell) at the very first Book Dash on 10 May 2014.

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