The Naked Boy and The Crocodile

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Stories by children from remote Indigenous communities.

Edited by Andy Griffiths.


When Andy Griffiths toured Indigenous communities as an ILF (Indigenous Literacy Foundation) ambassador he asked the children he spoke to to share some stories with him, and some of these make up the collection in the Naked Boy and the Crocodile.

I am going to be honest, I bought these books thinking I would be doing my bit to support literacy in Indigenous Communities (as money from sales goes to supporting their literacy programme). However, this do-gooder was surprised when I got distracted from putting the book up for sale on eBay by actually taking the time to read it. So surprised I had to share it with you all.

My surprise came not from the literary skills of the children who wrote the stories, but from the richness of their imagination, and their depiction of a life so different for the average Australian town dweller. I was also surprised that I smiled through this short read with genuine pleasure, and felt a little disappointed when it ended.

Here is a little taster of the type of thing that made me smile from the title story.

   “Once upon a time there was a croc who was hungry. Looking for food. His favourite food was people. The   thing he liked most was naked people.”

If you want to support the great work of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation then you should buy a copy of this book. If you want to find out more about the croc who loves naked people, then you should definitely read this book. If reading about life from the point of view of some very imaginative children makes you smile, then you should very definitely read this book!


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Combining History and Fantasy – What could be better for a good read?

 Alchemyst_Nicholas_Flamel  The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

For my second review I wanted to share a book (or rather a series of books) that I really enjoyed reading recently, and that I am sure many teens and maybe even other adults will enjoy.

What initially attracted me to this book was the story line: fifteen year old twins meet a medieval alchemyst and help him in his search for the philosophers stone like codex that is missing some pieces. They are hindered along the way by Nicholas Flamel’s arch-nemesis, John Dee who is also trying to find the complete codex to bring back beings called The Dark Elders. History and fantasy all rolled into one book, what’s not to like!

The first book is fast paced and well written and takes the reader through a mad chase to find the codex, introducing them to a range of historic characters in a new light such as; Bastet from Egyptian history, the Morrigan for Irish legend, and even Yggdrasil – the life tree from Norse legend.

Michael Scott has imagined a story that weaves the fantastical with historic characters with a modern day spin. The Alchemyst certainly pulls the reader into this world and leaves them wanting more, so it is a good thing there are five more books in the series that introduce more historic characters and takes the story around the globe and beyond.

Although in later books some of the writing gets a little bogged down in retelling the story of previous books, a problem with any serialised story, the characterisations and cleaver plot line more than make up for this.


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The Alchemyst: Book 1