Tales Of The Sea

Verushka, our Children’s Book Expert from “The Book Lounge” – an independent bookshop in the Eastern Precinct of Cape Town City Centre, shares her selection of stories about life above and below the waves. Thanks Verushka!

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The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino (paperback at R102)

Jacques Cousteau was the world’s ambassador of the oceans. His popular TV series brought whales, otters, and dolphins right into people’s living rooms. Now, in this exciting picture book biography, Dan Yaccarino introduces young readers to the man behind the snorkel. From the first moment he got a glimpse of what lived under the ocean’s waves, Cousteau was hooked. And so he set sail aboard the Calypso to see the sea. He and his team of scientists invented diving equipment and waterproof cameras. They made films and wrote books so they could share what they learned. The oceans were a vast unexplored world, and Cousteau became our guide. And when he saw that pollution was taking its toll on the seas, Cousteau became our guide in how to protect the oceans as well. Costeau believed that we need to protect what we love, and today it is even more important than ever.

Cats Ahoy! by Peter Bently (paperback at R85)

When Alfonso the cat hears there’s a boat coming into harbour carrying its largest ever catch of haddock, he hatches a plan. It’s brave! It’s bold! And it involves a ghost pirate ship, some rather gullible fishermen, and cats…lots of cats. The detailed illustrations and great rhyming text will have you laughing all the way. You’re bound to become a fan of these cats of the high seas! If you believe that cats are clever and pirate stories are a must read, this book is definitely for you…Read it with some fishfingers!

 Jack and the Flumflum Tree by Julia Donaldson (paperback at R99)

Jack’s Granny is sick with a bad case of the moozles! And the only cure is the fruit of the fantastic flumflum tree which grows on the faraway Isle of Blowyernose. It’s a perilous journey, but Jack bravely sets sail, with a motley crew of friends, Stu and Rose and a large patchwork sack that Granny has filled with an odd assortment of items from chewing-gum to tent pegs. But what use will they be against hungry sharks, a leaky boat and a thieving monkey? Follow Jack across the ocean in this irresistible story. This adventure is a great read-aloud story with a very clever ending.