De­light­ful hero­ine in tricky sit­u­a­tions again

Niki Daly’s sec­ond book about Thoko en­cour­ages chil­dren to read in ver­nac­u­lar lan­guages

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Sharp Sharp! Thoko

By award-win­ning au­thor/il­lus­tra­tor Niki Daly.

Pub­lished in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa and isiZulu, the book en­cour­ages chil­dren to read in ver­nac­u­lar lan­guages.

HERE comes Thoko again! Thoko is re­source­ful! Thoko is full of fun! Thoko is kind-hearted!

NIKI Daly makes read­ing about life as a child en­ter­tain­ing and re­al­is­tic with his de­light­ful lo­cal hero­ine, Thoko. Thoko finds her­self in tricky sit­u­a­tions that teach her im­por­tant lessons. She skips through life, leav­ing be­hind a trail of laugh­ter.

With sweet il­lus­tra­tions and four heart-warm­ing easy-to-read stories, Daly has cre­ated a sec­ond book about Thoko – who is sure to be­come one of his most beloved char­ac­ters.

Look out for the first Thoko book, Hooray! Thoko.

Also avail­able is Aitsa! Thoko Afrikaans and Kwakuhle! Thoko IsiZulu.


Niki Daly has won many awards for his work. His ground­break­ing Not So Fast Son­gololo, win­ner of a US Par­ents’ Choice Award, paved the way for post-apartheid South African chil­dren’s books. Since then he has pub­lished widely and has given talks in sev­eral coun­tries.

Among his many books, Once Upon a Time was an Hon­our Win­ner at the US Chil­dren’s Africana Book Awards, and Jamela’s Dress was cho­sen by the ALA as a No­table Chil­dren’s Book and by Book­list as one of the Top

Ten African Amer­i­can Pic­ture Books of 2000. In 2009, Daly was awarded the Molteno Gold Medal for Life­time Achieve­ment in Lit­er­a­ture.

Other books in­clude Ni­cholas and the Wild Ones, Thank you, Jack­son, The Herd Boy, Pretty Salma, No More Kisses for Bernard and Ruby Sings the Blues.

Daly is mar­ried and lives in Klein­mond in the West­ern Cape.

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