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This show has maintained its effectiveness and popularity over the past 25 years. With technology increasing and children reading less, we hope that sharing our passion for books in an exciting theatrical manner gets more noses into books.

This production consists of one Junior Primary show (Gr 1- Gr 3) and one Senior Primary show (Gr 4-Gr 7) Five story books and a poetry book are dramatised. The show runs at approximately at 50 minutes.

By employing three professional actors, the books chosen are brought to life with singing, acting, dancing, well rounded characters, humour and clever audience participation. Pupils have fun getting involved with the stories and we often find many Oscar-winning-worthy performances. This leads to young pupils discovering a love for drama as well. Books are read, imaginations ignited and long queues to the library begin!

Junior

Book Name:
Rabbit and Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits

ISBN:
9781444921687

Author:
Julian Gough

Publishers:
HODDER

Description:
Avalanches, snowmen, a hungry wolf… and more! When Bear wakes up early from her hibernation, she decides to build a snowman. Her grumpy neighbour, Rabbit, decides to build an even better one. In this funny story, an unlikely friendship forms between a rabbit and bear who soon discover that things are always better when they're shared with a friend.

 


Book Name:
There’s A Snake in My School

ISBN:
9780008172718

Author:
David Walliams

Publishers:
HARPER COLLINS(JBP)

Description:
Miranda loves to be different, and on Bring-your-pet-to-school Day she introduces everyone to her very DIFFERENT pet… Penelope the snake. Miss Bloat the headmistress doesn’t think snakes should be allowed in school. But Penelope has other ideas…


Book Name:
Ask Oscar

ISBN:
9781405287227

Author:
Alan MacDonald

Publishers:
EGMONT  Penguin

Description:
Meet Oscar. He’s no ordinary dog... ordinary dogs don’t sit on the top deck of busses staring boys straight in the eye.
Sam has wanted a dog for AGES, so when Oscar turns up on his doorstep wagging his tail like a windscreen wiper, Sam he can’t believe his luck. And when he finds out Oscar's secret he can’t believe his ears!


Book Name:
The Day the Aliens Nearly Ate Our Brains

ISBN:
9781406375794

Author:
Tom McLaughlin

Publishers:
WALKER

Description:
Best friends Freddy and Sal have accidentally intercepted a message from Alan - a spectacularly grumpy, brain-munching alien from outer space. Alan has only one message. Earth is going to be invaded in exactly ten hours' time. Soon the police, NASA and even Presidents from around the world are getting involved. Tickety-tock. Tickety-tock. 


Book Name:
Adventures of Swashbuckle Lil

ISBN:
9781509881529

Author:
Elli Woolard

Publishers:
PAN MACMILLIAN

Description:
Lil is a pirate, a good sort of pirate, a pirate who’d sailed far away.
Lil and her parrot - a red one named Carrot - would go off exploring all day.
And when there is someone to save, she'll do what is right (if it takes her all night). Yes, she'll always be bold and be brave. On a trip to the museum, evil pirate Stinkbeard tries to steal an old king's ruby ring, and it's up to schoolgirl and secret pirate, Lil, to stop him!


Book Name:
I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense

ISBN:
9781509881055

Author:
Chris Harris

Publishers:
PAN MACMILLIAN

Description:
Forget what you think you know about poetry - this is something totally different. I'm Just No Good At Rhyming combines wit, wordplay and nonsense with visual and verbal tricks to make you look at the world in a new and wonderfully upside-down way.


Senior

Book Name:
Grandma Dangerous and the Dog of Destiny

ISBN:
9781510102194

Author:
Kita Mitchell

Publishers:
ORCHARD

Description:
WARNING: DO NOT GIVE THIS BOOK TO YOUR OWN GRANDMA. SHE MIGHT GET IDEAS...
Danger is her middle name!
Ollie's dad is missing - but Grandma Dangerous is on the case! Grandma’s mini hurtled into the driveway, ploughed through mom’s flower bed and slammed into the hedge.  Grandma had arrived.
She has a hot-air balloon, thirty packets of biscuits and a pooch with magical powers (she says).
But as they sail through the skies, Ollie realises they're not just on a rescue mission...
Grandma's on the run!


Book Name:
Boy Underwater

ISBN:
9780008267018

Author:
Adam Baron

Publishers:
HARPER COLLINS (JBP)

Description:
Cymbeline Igloo (yes, that is his name – really!) has NEVER been swimming.
Not ever. Not once.
But how hard can it be? He’s Googled front crawl and he’s found his dad’s old pair of trunks. He’s totally ready…
What he’s not ready for is the accident at the pool.
Now, with the help of friends old and new, Cymbeline must solve the mystery of why his mum never took him near water – and it will turn his whole life upside down...
A heart-breaking, heart-warming novel.


Book Name:
Iguana Boy Saves the World with a Triple Cheese Pizza

ISBN:
9781444939347

Author:
James Bishop

Publishers:
HODDER

Description:
One boy. One disappointing superpower. Can Dylan tame a bunch of hyper iguanas and come up with a masterful plan to save the WORLD from Platypus Kid? Yeah, probably ... but he's going to need a MASSIVE cheese pizza.


Book Name:
The Haven

ISBN:
9781444947601

Author:
Simon Lelic

Publishers:
HACHETTE

Description:
Snatched from his bed in the middle of the night, Ollie Turner is thrust into a world of danger and excitement.
Below the streets of London he discovers a secret city: a network of tunnels that lead him to the Haven, a sanctuary for kids run by kids, and the headquarters of an organisation that fights for justice everywhere.
Soon Ollie is caught up in the Haven's battle: a quest to stop 'Mad Maddy' Sikes from destroying the city. But time is running out for Ollie and his new friends. Will they manage to stop Sikes before it is too late? And who is the traitor in their midst?


Book Name:
Kat Wolfe Investigates

ISBN:
9781509871223

Author:
Lauren St John

Publishers:
PAN MACMILLIAN

Description:
Kat Wolfe loves her new home in idyllic Bluebell Bay, especially as it comes with a resident wildcat. But when she starts pet-sitting for pocket money, she finds that beneath the town's perfect surface lie some dark and dangerous secrets . . .
After a pet owner vanishes from his clifftop mansion, Kat turns to her new friend, Harper Lamb, for help. What began as mystery-solving holiday fun quickly turns deadly for Wolfe and Lamb. Can they count on their unruly animals to save their lives?


Book Name:
I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense

ISBN:
9781509881055

Author:
Chris Harris

Publishers:
PAN MACMILLIAN

Description:
Forget what you think you know about poetry - this is something totally different. I'm Just No Good At Rhyming combines wit, wordplay and nonsense with visual and verbal tricks to make you look at the world in a new and wonderfully upside-down way.

Junior

Book Name:
Stink: Twice as Incredible

ISBN:
9781406377422

Author:
Megan McDonald

Publishers:
WALKER

Description:
Meet Stink, Judy Moody’s encyclopaedia-reading braniac brother, in this double adventure in one book. Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid: Judy measures Stink every morning and it’s always the same- one metre, twelve centimetres. But one day he measures half a centimetre shorter. No! Can it be? Is Stink…shrinking? Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker: After writing a letter of complaint, Stink receives a huge box of jawbreakers (FREE!) Soon he’s writing letter after letter…and receiving more and more parcels. Let’s hope he doesn’t miss a small very special envelope.

 


Book Name:
Tilly and the Time Machine

ISBN:
9780141372457

Author:
Adrian Edmondson

Publishers:
PENGUIN

Description:
When Tilly’s dad builds a time machine in their shed, there’s only one place Tilly wants to go – back to her sixth birthday party when she ate too many cupcakes and her mom was still there. But now her dad’s got stuck in the past and she’s the only one that can save him. This plucky young heroine will find herself on old fashioned sailing ships, sweeping chimneys and introducing the queen to cocktail sausages.


Book Name:
Freddie Mole – Lion Tamer *

ISBN:
9781408125094

Author:
Alexander McCall Smith

Publishers:
BLOOMSBURY

Description:
When Freddie Mole hears there is a job at the circus, he can’t believe his luck! He’s thrilled to clean up in the Big Top and even gets to fly through the air on a trapeze. But when he’s asked to tame four fierce growly lions, he knows he will have to be very brave indeed…


Book Name:
Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure

ISBN:
9781444932065

Author:
Alex T. Smith

Publishers:
HODDER

Description:
It has been weeks since Mr Penguin’s last adventure and he’s been stuck at his desk, twiddling his flippers ever since. That is until the phone rings! Can Mr Penguin and Colin the spider help Boudicca Bones from the Museum find the missing treasure? And what happens when adventuring becomes dangerous?


Book Name:
Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth *

ISBN:
9781406370825

Author:
Jarvis

Publishers:
WALKER

Description:
Meet Alan the Alligator. Alan is very scary. He says things like “I’M BIG, SCARY ALAN! FEAR MY RAZOR-SHARP TEETH!” But all is not what it seems. Alan, you see, has a very BIG (not-so-scary) secret…


Book Name:
100 Brilliant Poems for Children *

ISBN:
9781509824168

Author:
Chosen by Paul Cooksen

Publishers:
PAN MACMILLIAN

Description:
From Paul Cookson comes 100 Brilliant Poems For Children, featuring the best of the absolute best.


Senior

Book Name:
Chase: Get Ready to Run

ISBN:
9781510102194

Author:
Linwood Barclay

Publishers:
ORION

Description:
WTwelve-year-old Jeff Conway works for hours on end at his aunt Flo’s lakeside cabin business, away from his parents and old life. Across the state we have Chipper, a very special dog who is part of a top-secret, multi-million dollar experiment to create the ultimate canine spy technology. When Chipper escapes, the two collide and they find themselves involved in the most dangerous game of chase imaginable.


Book Name:
The Midnight Gang *

ISBN:
9780008188573 (9780008164621 – Paperback releasing 08/02/2018)

Author:
David Walliams

Publishers:
HARPER COLLINS (JBP)

Description:
When the clock strikes midnight most children are fast asleep, but for the Midnight Gang the journey is just beginning. A big-hearted tale of friendship, adventure and bravery.


Book Name:
Middleschool: Pottymouth and Stoopid *

ISBN:
9781784754198

Author:
James Patterson

Publishers:
PENGUIN

Description:
Pottymouth and Stoopid are the crummy, unfair nicknames that David and Michael got stuck with at preschool. But things are about to change. This involves a TV show, a funeral, an evil cheerleader, and a couple of delicious McFlurrys.


Book Name:
The Matilda Effect *

ISBN:
9780552568371

Author:
Ellie Irving

Publishers:
PENGUIN

Description:
Matlida loves science, and she’s desperate to be an inventor one day. So she’s astonished to learn that her grandma was once a scientist herself. Not only that – Granny Joss discovered her very own planet. The trouble is, no one believes Granny Joss. Matilda is determined to tell everyone the truth.


Book Name:
A Series of Unfortunate Events – The Reptile Room

ISBN:
9781405290654

Author:
Lemony Snicket

Publishers:
EGMONT

Description:
The Reptile Room is the second book in the series A Series of Unfortunate Events. The story may seem cheery at first, but if you know anything about the unlucky Baudelaire children, you already know that even pleasant events lead down the same road to misery. The children spend time in the company of interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle, but don’t be fooled…


Book Name:
100 Brilliant Poems for Children *

ISBN:
9781509824168

Author:
Chosen by Paul Cooksen

Publishers:
PAN MACMILLIAN

Description:
From Paul Cookson comes 100 Brilliant Poems For Children, featuring the best of the absolute best.

*These titles appear in the Bumper Show

HOOKED ON BOOKS 2019 KZN & CAPE TOWN

JUNIOR TITLES:

  • Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth - Jarvis - 9781406370825 - WALKER
  • Freddie Mole Lion Tamer - Alexander McCall Smith - 7981408865835 - BLOOMSBURY
  • 100 Brilliant Poems for Children - Chosen by Paul Cooksen - 9781509824168 - PAN MACMILLIAN

SENIOR TITLES:

  • The Midnight Gang - David Walliams - 9780008164621 - HARPER COLLINS (JBP)
  • Middleschool Pottymouth and Stoopid - James Patterson - 9781784754198 - PENGUIN
  • The Matilda Effect - Ellie Irving - 9780552568371 - PENGUIN
  • 100 Brilliant Poems for Children - Chosen by Paul Cooksen - 9781509824168 - PAN MACMILLIAN

Junior

Book Name:
Stink: Twice as Incredible

ISBN:
9781406377422

Author:
Megan McDonald

Publishers:
WALKER

Description:
Meet Stink, Judy Moody’s encyclopaedia-reading braniac brother, in this double adventure in one book. Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid: Judy measures Stink every morning and it’s always the same- one metre, twelve centimetres. But one day he measures half a centimetre shorter. No! Can it be? Is Stink…shrinking? Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker: After writing a letter of complaint, Stink receives a huge box of jawbreakers (FREE!) Soon he’s writing letter after letter…and receiving more and more parcels. Let’s hope he doesn’t miss a small very special envelope.

 


Book Name:
Tilly and the Time Machine

ISBN:
9780141372457

Author:
Adrian Edmondson

Publishers:
PENGUIN

Description:
When Tilly’s dad builds a time machine in their shed, there’s only one place Tilly wants to go – back to her sixth birthday party when she ate too many cupcakes and her mom was still there. But now her dad’s got stuck in the past and she’s the only one that can save him. This plucky young heroine will find herself on old fashioned sailing ships, sweeping chimneys and introducing the queen to cocktail sausages.


Book Name:
Freddie Mole – Lion Tamer *

ISBN:
9781408125094

Author:
Alexander McCall Smith

Publishers:
BLOOMSBURY

Description:
When Freddie Mole hears there is a job at the circus, he can’t believe his luck! He’s thrilled to clean up in the Big Top and even gets to fly through the air on a trapeze. But when he’s asked to tame four fierce growly lions, he knows he will have to be very brave indeed…


Book Name:
Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure

ISBN:
9781444932065

Author:
Alex T. Smith

Publishers:
HODDER

Description:
It has been weeks since Mr Penguin’s last adventure and he’s been stuck at his desk, twiddling his flippers ever since. That is until the phone rings! Can Mr Penguin and Colin the spider help Boudicca Bones from the Museum find the missing treasure? And what happens when adventuring becomes dangerous?


Book Name:
Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth *

ISBN:
9781406370825

Author:
Jarvis

Publishers:
WALKER

Description:
Meet Alan the Alligator. Alan is very scary. He says things like “I’M BIG, SCARY ALAN! FEAR MY RAZOR-SHARP TEETH!” But all is not what it seems. Alan, you see, has a very BIG (not-so-scary) secret…


Book Name:
100 Brilliant Poems for Children *

ISBN:
9781509824168

Author:
Chosen by Paul Cooksen

Publishers:
PAN MACMILLIAN

Description:
From Paul Cookson comes 100 Brilliant Poems For Children, featuring the best of the absolute best.


Senior

Book Name:
Chase: Get Ready to Run

ISBN:
9781510102194

Author:
Linwood Barclay

Publishers:
ORION

Description:
WTwelve-year-old Jeff Conway works for hours on end at his aunt Flo’s lakeside cabin business, away from his parents and old life. Across the state we have Chipper, a very special dog who is part of a top-secret, multi-million dollar experiment to create the ultimate canine spy technology. When Chipper escapes, the two collide and they find themselves involved in the most dangerous game of chase imaginable.


Book Name:
The Midnight Gang *

ISBN:
9780008188573 (9780008164621 – Paperback releasing 08/02/2018)

Author:
David Walliams

Publishers:
HARPER COLLINS (JBP)

Description:
When the clock strikes midnight most children are fast asleep, but for the Midnight Gang the journey is just beginning. A big-hearted tale of friendship, adventure and bravery.


Book Name:
Middleschool: Pottymouth and Stoopid *

ISBN:
9781784754198

Author:
James Patterson

Publishers:
PENGUIN

Description:
Pottymouth and Stoopid are the crummy, unfair nicknames that David and Michael got stuck with at preschool. But things are about to change. This involves a TV show, a funeral, an evil cheerleader, and a couple of delicious McFlurrys.


Book Name:
The Matilda Effect *

ISBN:
9780552568371

Author:
Ellie Irving

Publishers:
PENGUIN

Description:
Matlida loves science, and she’s desperate to be an inventor one day. So she’s astonished to learn that her grandma was once a scientist herself. Not only that – Granny Joss discovered her very own planet. The trouble is, no one believes Granny Joss. Matilda is determined to tell everyone the truth.


Book Name:
A Series of Unfortunate Events – The Reptile Room

ISBN:
9781405290654

Author:
Lemony Snicket

Publishers:
EGMONT

Description:
The Reptile Room is the second book in the series A Series of Unfortunate Events. The story may seem cheery at first, but if you know anything about the unlucky Baudelaire children, you already know that even pleasant events lead down the same road to misery. The children spend time in the company of interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle, but don’t be fooled…


Book Name:
100 Brilliant Poems for Children *

ISBN:
9781509824168

Author:
Chosen by Paul Cooksen

Publishers:
PAN MACMILLIAN

Description:
From Paul Cookson comes 100 Brilliant Poems For Children, featuring the best of the absolute best.

*These titles appear in the Bumper Show

HOOKED ON BOOKS 2019 KZN & CAPE TOWN

JUNIOR TITLES:

  • Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth - Jarvis - 9781406370825 - WALKER
  • Freddie Mole Lion Tamer - Alexander McCall Smith - 7981408865835 - BLOOMSBURY
  • 100 Brilliant Poems for Children - Chosen by Paul Cooksen - 9781509824168 - PAN MACMILLIAN

SENIOR TITLES:

  • The Midnight Gang - David Walliams - 9780008164621 - HARPER COLLINS (JBP)
  • Middleschool Pottymouth and Stoopid - James Patterson - 9781784754198 - PENGUIN
  • The Matilda Effect - Ellie Irving - 9780552568371 - PENGUIN
  • 100 Brilliant Poems for Children - Chosen by Paul Cooksen - 9781509824168 - PAN MACMILLIAN