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Best-seller Graeme Base is back with an all-new story filled with hidden pictures on every page!
Little Ngiri is the Smallest Warthog in Africa. Tired of being teased by his bigger brothers and sisters, he wishes things could be different. When Old Nyumbu the Wildebeest gives Ngiri a set of magic drums, he is sure his wish is about to come true. But all the animals of the jungle are in for a BIG surprise as Ngiri's wish is granted in a most unexpected way. In the end, the gentle message that inner beauty and change is more important than outer beauty rings true. In true Graeme Base style, there is an added surprise at the end of the book. Everything seems to be normal in the jungle, but look closely and you will see that none of the animals or the other creatures watching from the trees are quite the way they were when the book began. Look even closer, and you will also find Old Nyumbu the Wildebeest hidden somewhere on every spread. Jungle Drums is a book to be read over and over again. AUTHOR BIO: Graeme Base, while working on Jungle Drums, journeyed with his family to Tanzania, Africa, where they camped in the Serengeti among giraffes, elephants, zebras, and of course warthogs. The trip helped Graeme bring the characters and landscape of the book to life. Graeme lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his artist wife, Robyn, and their three children.
"Every year the Other Animals hold a Grand Parade with prizes for the most beautiful. The Warthogs don't even bother entering — mud wrestling isn't on the program."
From the creator of the beloved illustrated classic, The Waterhole, comes a story about finding inner beauty, and learning that our wishes are not always fulfilled in ways we expect.
Ngiri Mdogo is the smallest warthog in a big family of African warthogs. They're not very pretty, but they can put on a great mud-wrestling contest! Unfortunately the beautiful animals across the river don't appreciate mud wrestling — they have a grand parade that shows off how stunning they look, and they tease the warthogs for being so ugly.
Ngiri wishes he wasn't so small because he is tired of being teased, and he wishes that Warthogs weren't so ugly and the other animals weren't so pretty. When Ngiri is given a set of magic drums he is sure his wishes are about to come true, but the way his problem is eventually solved is not as he expects — and everyone learns a lesson along the way.
Graeme Base's imagination, enthusiasm, energy, and sense of humour will astound you yet again in this gloriously illustrated book. A wonderfully child-friendly picture book with fable-style storytelling perfect for reading aloud or as a first reader.
In true Graeme Base style there is an added surprise at the end: a fun look-and-find element in the illustrations. The stunning African scenery, the African magic and fantasy element, and the warm and endearing characters will draw the reader in, and the story culminates in a wild, funny, and visually impressive grand finale over several spreads that proves that Graeme Base just keeps getting better and better with every book.
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