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Noko and the Night Monster

3.18 of 5 stars 3.18  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Takadu the aardvark and Noko the porcupine live in a hut in the Mbombo hills. They spend their days making soup, thinking up songs, and drinking marula berry juice. But each night, Takadu shakes and shivers in fear of the dreaded Night Monster. Only Noko’s reading of the Farmer’s Weekly wool prices can lull him to sleep. Noko, naturally, gets a bit tired of reading about w ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 28th 2008 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books (first published September 1st 2001)
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Interesting division of duties - Noko makes the soup (etc.) and Takadu does the singing. But I guess Takadu is the one with the imagination, and so he's the one afraid of the mysterious night monster, and Noko is the practical one, who figures out how to end the fears.

Pictures are bright & fun, with a child-like sense of anatomy & perspective. Text is straightforward and appropriate. And it's super refreshing to see animals that aren't cows, dogs, or bunnies!

I don't know, though, if kids
Good story about overcoming fears and the committment of friends. One good ole' practical joke by friends cured the fears of another. I enjoyed the teamwork.
A fun little animal story to help children get over their fears. The pictures show lots of details of contemporary rural life in South Africa. They remind me of the top of the escarpment just before the road plunges down toward Pietermaritzburg, but the author is from Cape Town so it may be intended to be somewhere that direction.
Danielle Trevino
This book by Fiona Moodie shows a great example of how children can get over their fears. The illustrations are vivid and show a great following with the story line. Children could creates a puppet show to show their own version of the "Night Monster".
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