The Naked Boy and The Crocodile
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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