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Winners of Random House Struik and James Patterson Short Story Competition Announced

Random House Struik recently held a short story competition inviting young readers to write short fictional stories with the chance to win a cash prize of R5 000 as well as books for their school library to the value of R10 000. The winning school will be able to nominate a disadvantaged school of their choice who will receive a further set of books to the value of R10 000.

The winner in the 9-12 age group is Haytham Jeppie from SACS Junior School in Cape Town, whose story titled “Ghost School” impressed the judges (see picture above). The judges also recognised great talent in young writer Tom Vidal from Bishops College in Cape Town, and he was chosen as the winner in the 13-17 age group for his story titled “Broken Wings”.

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James Patterson is passionate about encouraging children to read. He was inspired by his own son, who was a reluctant reader, to write books specifically for young readers. Random House Struik supports this initiative and with this competition, we hope to inspire more young South Africans to become passionate about books, reading and writing.

The competition was judged by Marj Brown and Jay Heale. Marj is Senior Librarian at Roedean, SA Coordinator of the International Kids Lit Quiz, and Founder and Coordinator of the literacy quiz, Phendulani. Jay is the author of many children’s books including Hooked on Books. He reviews children’s books regularly on the Book Choice programme of Fine Music Radio.

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Enter the James Patterson Short Story Competition for Children Aged 9 to 12

James Patterson Short Story Competition for SA Primary School Learners

Random House Struik is running a James Patterson Short Story Competition for children between the ages of 9 and 12. The winner will receive R5000 and R10 000 worth of books for their school library, including all of James Patterson’s children’s books. The winner’s school will then get to nominate a disadvantaged school to also receive R10 000 worth of books for their library.

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Children can choose one of these three titles for their fictional stories: “Ghost School”, “Feathers and Stars” or “The Magic Clock”. Entries must be in by 31 March 2013 and the stories must not exceed 1000 words.

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Win a Copy of The Big, Fat South African Kiddies’ Joke Book

Random House Struik is giving away a copy of The Big, Fat South African Kiddies’ Joke Book as well as Die Groot, Vet Suid-Afrikaanse Kindergrapboek.

To stand a chance of winning answer the simple question below:

What other language is this joke book available in?

A. Zulu
B. Afrikaans
C. Italian

The Big, Fat South African Kiddies\' Joke BookDie Groot, Vet Suid-Afrikaanse Kindergrapboek
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The Big, Fat South African Kiddies’ Joke Book: A Comprehensive Collection

The Big, Fat South African Kiddies\' Joke BookDie Groot, Vet Suid-Afrikaanse KindergrapboekThe book that will tickle the funny bone of all South African children, both young and old. The Big, Fat South African Kiddies’ Joke Book contains jokes of all shapes and sizes, from knock-knock jokes to one-liners and old-time classics. There are short jokes, and longer jokes, and questions and silly answers. There are animals that can talk, children who outfox grown-ups, jokes about teachers and learners, sport and computers, the precious (and hilarious) things children say, and much, much more.

The Big, Fat South African Kiddies’ Joke Book is guaranteed to put a big smile on every child’s dial, whether they are seven or seventy! Also available in Afrikaans as Die Groot, Vet Suid-Afrikaanse Kindergrapboek.

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Liz Mills Adapts and Illustrates Nursery Rhymes & Verse from Africa

Nursery Rhymes & Verse from AfricaAuthor and illustrator Liz Mills presents her second collection of over 50 nursery rhymes and verse from popular children’s songs, specially reworked and adapted to appeal to children living in Africa.

This delightful book follows on the overwhelming and continuing popularity of African Nursery Rhymes, which has been reprinted almost every year since it appeared in 2006. Nursery Rhymes & Verse from Africa is a must for a young child’s bookshelf as nursery rhymes form an essential part of children’s development, teaching them rhythm and rhyme and word skills, as well as improving memory.

Mills’ colourful and often humorous illustrations and word imagery will capture the imagination and make reading an activity that children (and parents/carers) look forward to, whether at bed time, or any other time of the day. They will also want to return to these rhymes, with images that they can relate to, over and over again.

About the author

Liz Mills obtained her BA degree through UNISA after her own children had left the nest. When not at home in Franschhoek, she indulges her love of travel with her engineer husband – now more so than ever with their grandchildren scattered across the globe. In addition to authoring African Nursery Rhymes, Mills is also the illustrator of The Cape Malay Illustrated Cookbook, both published by Struik Lifestyle.

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Launch of Penguin’s Hidden Talent by Alex Latimer at The Book Lounge


Please join Random House Struik and The Book Lounge for the launch of Alex Latimer’s new children’s book, Penguin’s Hidden Talent. The launch will take place on Saturday, 2 June at 3:00 PM.

See you there!

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Penguin's Hidden TalentPenguin would love to take part in the Big Annual Talent Show. But he just can’t seem to find his special talent. He tries magic tricks and juggling household appliances – even burping the alphabet…But nothing seems quite right. Can his friends help him discover what he’s really good at?

This is an even-funnier follow-up to the brilliant Boy Who Cried Ninja. Alex Latimer has created another beautiful, atmospheric world that you long to visit and return to.

About the author

Alex Latimer is an author and illustrator living in Cape Town, which is why he regularly has to shoo baboons out of his lounge. Penguin’s Hidden Talent is his second book for children.

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Book Launch: The Boy Who Cried Ninja by Alex Latimer

The Boy Who Cried NinjaThe Book Lounge and Random House Struik are pleased to invite you to the launch of The Boy Who Cried Ninja by Alex Latimer. Latimer will read from the book, after which the audience will be soothed by the lullabies of Simon Tamblyn, formerly of The Sleepers.

About the book

A hilarious, surreal debut picture book about the importance – and the pitfalls – of telling the truth.

Once there was a boy named Tim whom no one believed, even when he was telling the truth. No one believed that it was a ninja who snaffled the last slice of cake; or that a giant squid ate his homework; or that it really was a time-travelling monkey who was throwing pencils at Grampa. How can Tim get his parents to believe him – when the truth is too incredible to be true?

About the author

Alex Latimer is an author and illustrator living in Cape Town, which is why he regularly has to shoo baboons out of his lounge. The Boy Who Cried Ninja is his first book for children.

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Helen Lewis’ Factopedia On Shelves Now

FactopediaFactopedia is a book of lists about South Africa and the world. It is crammed with fascinating facts about the universe; the earth; plants; animals; the body and health; food and drink; politics; law and order; business and wealth; technology and the internet; literature; arts and culture;entertainment; and sport. Factopedia will tell you all about the highest, the lowest, the oldest, the largest, the richest, the longest, the brightest, the first, the hardest, the most frequent, the highest-scoring, the best-selling and the most expensive of just about everything under the sun.

Find out about the new dwarf planets; the world’s newest – and oldest – countries; the biggest-grossing South African and international films; the richest people in South Africa and the world; the highest prices paid for South African art; and much, much more.

Factopedia answers all those niggling questions, such as:

  • Why is Pluto no longer a planet?
  • What is the most poisonous snake in South Africa?
  • What is the happiest country in the world?
  • What is the best-selling book ever?
  • Who has scored the most goals in a FIFA World Cup?

About the Author

Helen Lewis has published several books under her previous name, Helen Boardman: The Book of Useless Information, A Matter of Facts and South Africa’s Top Ten Book. In 1999 she co-wrote The South African Fact File for MWEB’s Learning Channel on the internet. Her first children’s book, Fact Finder ( Feiteboek in Afrikaans), is a curriculum-based reference book for Grades 4-6. Helen was the producer of the morning show on Radio Good Hope with Allan Barnard for two and a half years. She is married to a high-school teacher and has six children.

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Video: The South African Story met Desmond Tutu as aanbieder dalk binnekort te sien in SA

The South African Story aangebied deur Desmond Tutu

Made for GoodnessChildren of GodDesmond Tutu mag dalk nie meer soveel in die kollig wees na sy aftrede nie maar Suid-Afrikaners gaan hom moontlik binnekort in ‘n nuwe rol op televisie sien. Tutu is die aanbieder van ‘n plaaslik vervaardige program The South African Story. Aanvanklik is die dokumentêre reeks vir die oorseese mark bedoel maar, die program van tien episodes gaan dalk deur of die SAUK of uitgesaai word.

’n Plaaslik vervaardigde dokumentêre reeks met emeritus-aartsbiskop Desmond Tutu as die aanbieder gaan dalk binnekort ook in Suid-Afrika vertoon word. Die reeks, The South African Story – With Archbishop Desmond Tutu, bestaan uit tien episodes en was oorspronklik beplan vir die internasionale mark.Volgens Roger Friedman van Oryx Media Productions het hulle die reeks weens produksieredes eers klaargekry toe die Wêreldbeker-sokkertoernooi begin het, maar dit is reeds in vyf lande in Asië vertoon. Dit word tans oorsee bemark deur twee groot verspreidingsmaatskappye, en Oryx hoop dat dit uiteindelik in minstens 50 streke vertoon sal word.

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Jeremy Mansfield Stars in Toy Story 3

Zhoozsh!Jeremy Mansfield, well known for his vocal acrobatics on Highveld 94.7 is the voice behind Lifer, a Chatter telephone, in the newly released Toy Story 3.

Radio personality Jeremy Mansfield announced on his show on 94.7 Highveld that he is set to voice a character in Toy Story 3.

“It’s official and has just been finalised. This is really exciting news! I am a big fan of Disney. Pixar and this is indeed an honour,” said a thrilled Mansfield this morning.

Mansfield’s voice will be used for the character of Lifer, a Chatter telephone who has spent his life in the toy box at a children’s nursery school.

Fifteen years have passed since the release of the original animated film that showed what toys get up to when their owners aren’t looking and what animation fantasias can be conjured up by computers.

It’s been more than a decade since Toy Story 2, which was initially intended for video release only and ultimately was a bigger hit than the first film.

It looks as if Toy Story 3 will be worth the wait – experts believe it could be the biggest hit of 2010.

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