The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
The Magic Bojabi Tree
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
In the hot and dusty African plains, Python is guarding the mango-melon-pomegranate tree. He will only let the hungry animals eat the fruit if they can tell him the name of the tree. The animals take it in turns to cross the plains and ask Lion, the king of the jungle, for the answer. But on the return journey they forget. Can slow Tortoise, the only one left, manage the trip and remember the all-important name?
This retelling of a traditional tale from Gabon is told using rhyme and repetition, giving it a rhythmic quality which begs to be read aloud. The text is perfectly matched by Grobler’s expressive illustrations, bringing the African animals and scenery to life.