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I Even Funnier by James Patterson


Middle schooler Jamie Grimm has big dreams of being the best stand-up comic in the world – and he won’t let the fact that he’s in a wheelchair get in his way.

After winning the New York state finals in the Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic Contest, Jamie’s off to Boston to compete in the national semi-finals. But when one of his best buddies runs into trouble at school and a sudden family health scare rears its head, Jamie has to put his comedic ambitions on hold and stand by the people he cares about.

Can Jamie pass up the big competition for the sake of his friends and family?

About the author


James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books specifically for young readers. James is a founding partner of Booktrust’s Children’s Reading Fund in the UK. In 2010, he was voted Author of the Year at the Children’s Choice Book Awards in New York.

View James‘ website HERE

Follow James on Facebook HERE and like his page on Twitter HERE

Published by Random House Struik

ISBN: 9780099567455

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Mister Sengi’s Very Big Friend by Charles de Villiers and Illustrated by David du Plessis


This heart-warming bedtime story about an elephant-shrew, Mister Sengi, and his quest for greater stature, takes children on a magical moonlight tour through the bushveld. Encounters with animals both helpful and menacing carry the reader on to the fairy-tale ending, which sees Mister Sengi safely tucked up in bed.

This companion volume to David du Plessis‘ earlier Mister King’s Incredible Journey will enchant children with its delightful illustrations. Du Plessis‘ carefully observed animals evoke both the peace and the terror of the bushveld, and the captivating images will become firm favourites with small children.

Mister Sengi’s Very Big Friend is sure to become a regular choice at bedtime.

Ook beskikbaar in Afrikaans

About the author

Charles de Villiers works in computer systems design and is a published science writer. His ready and whimsical sense of humour finds particular focus in children’s writing.

About the illustrator


David du Plessis has illustrated (and also written) a number of books for children. His sensitive, evocative illustrations of wildlife introduce young readers to the magic of nature.

View David’s website HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE

Published by Struik Nature (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781775840107

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NOW AVAILABLE: Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Hard Luck

Children around the world will be VERY excited about this news – the eighth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series releases this month.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Hard Luck

In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story?

View the official book trailer here –

About the author

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney is an online game developer and designer, and a number 1 New York Times bestselling author. In 2009, Jeff was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He spent his childhood in the Washington D.C. area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.

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Niki Daly wins the IBBY SA Award for Children’s Literature

Congratulations to Niki Daly for winning the Exclusive Books IBBY SA Award for Children’s Literature, for his book The Herd Boy. This award is given every second year ‘to the writer and the illustrator of the best children’s picture book or illustrated children’s book’.

IBBY SA is the South African National Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).


The Herd Boy - Niki DalyMalusi is a herd boy who tends to his grandfather’s sheep and goats among the mountains of the Transkei. High above, eagles fly while on the ground below, beetles crawl, termites scurry and dust flies as Malusi plays games of stick-fighting with his friend. But there’s danger too…

Can Malusi save his lambs from the hungry baboon who’s stalking the flock?

And who is the old man in the shiny car who stops to chat, and encourages the herd boy in his dream of being President?

This beautiful picture book is about a boy who dares to dream of a big future. It is a story of empowerment, self-belief and leadership, and is inspired by the life of former president Nelson Mandela.

Click HERE to visit Niki’s blog.

  • Publisher: Jacana Media
  • ISBN: 9781431401024



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Roald Dahl Day 2013

The official Roald Dahl Day takes place every year on 13 September, on the birthday of the World’s No. 1 Storyteller.  This year, Roald Dahl Day coincides with Friday 13th – the perfect excuse for even more mischief and mayhem than usual.

Why not enjoy a few snozzcumbers and partake in a little whizzpopping? And if for some strange reason you don’t own a copy of one of his finest tales, make sure to go out and buy one of his books.

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was born on September 13, 1916, in Llandaff, South Wales. In 1953, he published the best-selling story collection Someone Like You and married actress Patricia Neil. He published the popular book James and the Giant Peach in 1961. In 1964, he released another highly successfully work, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was later adapted for two films. Over his decades-long writing career, Dahl wrote 19 children’s books. He died on November 23, 1990, in Oxford, England.

Selection of Roald Dahl Books

This is a list of all the books that Roald Dahl wrote. Some of them are repackaged versions of earlier works, some have been released since his death, and some are merely books that he edited.


  • Boy – Tales of Childhood
  • Boy and Going Solo
  • Going Solo
  • The Great Mouse Plot
  • My Year

Children’s Books

  • The BFG
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
  • The Compete Adventures of Charlie and Mr Willy Wonka
  • Danny, the Champion of the World
  • The Enormous Crocodile
  • Esio Trot
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • George’s Marvellous Medicine
  • The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
  • The Gremlins
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • The Magic Finger
  • Matilda
  • The Minpins
  • The Twits
  • The Vicar of Nibbleswicke
  • The Witches


  • My Uncle Oswald
  • Sometime Never


  • Dirty Beasts
  • Revolting Rhymes
  • Rhyme Stew

Short Story Collections

  • 5 Bestsellers
  • Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life
  • The Best of Roald Dahl
  • The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl
  • Completely Unexpected Tales
  • Further Tales of the Unexpected
  • The Great Automatic Grammatizator and Other Stories
  • Kiss Kiss
  • Lamb to the Slaughter and Other Stories
  • The Mildenhall Treasure
  • More Tales of the Unexpected
  • The Roald Dahl Omnibus
  • Over to You
  • Selected Stories of Roald Dahl
  • A Roald Dahl Selection: Nine Short Stories
  • A Second Roald Dahl Selection: Eight Short Stories
  • Skin and Other Stories
  • Someone Like You
  • Switch B***h
  • Tales of the Unexpected
  • Tales of the Unexpected (Volume 1)
  • Tales of the Unexpected (Volume 2)
  • Taste and Other Tales
  • Twenty Nine Kisses from Roald Dahl
  • Two Fables
  • The Umbrella Man and Other Stories
  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

Click HERE to visit the official Roald Dahl website.



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Arabella, the Moon and the Magic Mongongo Nut by Hamilton Wende


A wonderful new South African book for children aged 9+.

Arabella (nearly twelve years old) lives a normal, happy life in Parktown, Johannesburg. But then her father dies, suddenly, of cancer. Not long after this Arabella receives a magic mongongo nut from Khanyi, the mielie seller, and her pet monkey and this sets a fantastical chain of events into motion: Arabella discovers that, planted in the garden, the nut grows into a tree which can only be seen by moonlight and on which grows a magic fruit.

When Ukhozi, the eagle, crash lands in Arabella’s bedroom one night, he tells her what she needs to do keep her world in balance. Hadedas, led by Ozymandias, “the most evil bird in the sky”, has taken the magic mongongo nut and Arabella has to recapture it.

A well-crafted magical adventure with many touches of enjoyable light humour. Arabella is a normal girl, who gains courage and self-knowledge through the magic events, and eventually chooses Right against Wrong.Jay Heale.

About the author


Hamilton Wende is a freelance writer and television producer. He is a columnist for The Star in Johannesburg and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4.

His articles have appeared in many local and international newspapers and magazines. In television he has worked for international networks including CNN, NBC, BBC, ABC (Australia) amongst others. He lives in Parkview, Johannesburg.

He has written seven books: Only the Dead, House of WarThe King’s Shilling, Deadlines from the Edge: Images of War from Congo to Afghanistan and True North: African Roads Less Travelled and a children’s picture book The Quagga’s Secret.

View Hamilton‘s website HERE

Follow him on Twitter HERE and like his Facebook page HERE

Publisher: Tafelberg

ISBN: 9780624062868

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Grinches, Cats in Hats and Foxes in Socks take over Exclusive Books in July!

Dr SeussDuring the month of July the world of Dr Seuss filled with Grinches, Cats in Hats, Foxes in Socks, Green Eggs and Ham and other such weird and wonderful creatures, will come alive at Exclusive Books. A bumper Dr Seuss month featuring special books, puzzles, board games and plush toys at fabulous prices will be available for the young and the young at heart.

Dr Seuss titles such as Oh The Places You Will Go, The Bippolo Seed, The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham are a part of the fabric of childhood. They are the stories that entertain, thrill and amuse every child with fantastic-al rhythms and marvellous rhymes. However, the most wonderful part about Dr Seuss is the motivational message in his stories.  He has encouraged children to be brave, be original and make their own way in the world as seen in his quote – “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” 

Fantastic Dr Seuss themed events for children will take place at stores around the country on Saturday 13 July at 11h00 and 13h00. The stores participating include: Canal Walk in Cape Town, Mimosa Mall in Bloemfontein, Walmer Park in Port Elizabeth, Gateway in Durban, Nicolway in Johannesburg and Centurion in Pretoria. Exclusive Books looks forward to welcoming the Dr Seuss fans of South Africa to their stores to take up the great promotions on offer. As Dr Seuss said “Fun is good!” and we plan to have lots of it in July.


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Exclusive Books inaugural Buddy Book Day: Saturday 22 June

GruffaloWhere can your kids meet their favourite story characters from books such as The Gruffalo, Where’s Wally, Maisy, Peter Rabbit and Babalela in one day? Exclusive Books are hosting Buddy Book Day for one day only on Saturday the 22nd of June 2013 at two of their flagship stores in Johannesburg – Bedford Centre and Morningside.

Peter RabbitParticipating in Buddy Book Day is free of charge! Reserve your space now for a fun-filled day of reading and games with exciting prizes up for grabs – the perfect place for family entertainment on an icy winter day.


Where's WallyThe Buddy Book Day activities on offer include story time, meeting the characters, colouring-in competitions, craft fun, games and fabulous prize giveaways. There are three time slots for Buddy Book Day, which means that there is room for everyone: 10h00-11h00, 12h00-13h00 and 14h00-15h00. Please book your child’s place by RSVPing to the email addresses below. 

EB Bedford Centre: or call (011) 616 1183

EB Morningside: or call (011) 798 0210


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Chris Bradford’s South African Author Tour

Chris BradfordChris Bradford, the wonderful author of the children’s series Young Samurai, will be visiting South Africa.  And on Monday, the 3rd of June, he will be talking at Novel Books (17h00 for 17h30).  If you have children (his Young Samurai series is suitable reading for children 9 years and older, and boys in particular), make a note in your diary to take them along (Chris is famed for his action-packed live tour events, so who knows what he will have in store for his event at Novel Books).

Chris is a true believer in ‘practising what you preach’. For his award-winning YOUNG SAMURAI series, he trained in iaido (samurai swordmanship), karate, ninjutsu and earned his black belt in Zen Kyu Shin Taijutsu. Previously he has trained in judo, muay thai and kickboxing.

For his new BODYGUARD series, Chris embarked on an intensive close protection course to become a qualified professional bodyguard. During his training, he acquired skills in unarmed combat, defensive driving, tactical firearms, threat assessments, surveillance, and even anti-ambush exercises.

Chris Bradford Invite to Novel Books

Visit Chris Bradford’s website at or follow him on Twitter at @YoungSamurai.


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Anthony Horowitz – 2013 South African Tour

Anthony Horowitz, the fantastic children’s author of the Alex Rider series, and The Power of Five series, will be touring South Africa as from next week.

Take your children along to meet him at one of these events:

  • Exclusive Books V&A Waterfront, Cape Town on 14 May 2013, 18h00 for 18h30
  • Franschhoek Literary Festival 18 and 19 May 2013
  • Exclusive Books Hyde Park, Johannesburg, on 21 May 2013, 18h00 for 18h30
  • Exclusive Books Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria on 22 May 2013, 18h00 for 18h30
  • Kingsmead Book Fair on 25 May 2013

Anthony Horowitz

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