Akimbo is excited to have his cousin, Kosi, visit him on the game reserve
where he lives. And when a visiting scientist invites the boys to join her
when she studies a pack of baboons, they can't wait to assist her in the
bush. The baboon pack they find are fun to observe, but when a black
leopard threatens the packand the scientistAkimbo and Kosi are
reminded that danger is ever present in the African bush. Alexander
McCall Smith takes young readers on a vicarious safari to his beloved
Africa in this perfect first chapter book, beautifully brought to life with
illustrations by LeUyen Pham.
About the Author
Alexander McCall Smith has written more than fifty books, including the bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries, The Sunday Philosophy Club series, and many children's stories, including the Akimbo, Harriet Bean, and the Max and Maddy series. A professor of medical law at Edinburgh University, he was born in what is now Zimbabwe and currently lives in Scotland. www.alexandermccallsmith.com
LeUyen Pham illustrated five previous Akimbo stories, as well as numerous picture books, including the New York Times bestselling Grace for President, Freckleface Strawberry, by Julianne Moore, and Big Sister, Little Sister, which she also wrote. She lives in San Francisco, California with her husband and young son.
Date of Birth:August 24, 1948
Place of Birth:Zimbabwe
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As Akimbo and his cousin prepare to accompany baboon researcher Jen into the African bush, little do they know the resourcefulness and courage that will be required of them before they make it home. This second-level chapter book reader contains many of the narrative elements of Alexander McCall Smith's excellent mystery stories for adults while maintaining a voice and tone appropriate for younger readers. In fact, the plot of this novel can be found in any number of books for children of this age, with one exception--it takes place in exotic Africa. Akimbo and Kosi behave almost exactly like American children, with just a few cultural differences thrown in for flavor. Disappointingly, Smith forgoes the use of Setswana words and customs that made his No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series so engaging in order to create blander, more universal characters.Of course, there's nothing really wrong with the story, and children in grades 3-5 will certainty like it. The book is even educational, containing a short "Did You Know?" section at the back which details some interesting facts about baboons. I just wish that it contained more of the African flavor that made me fall in love with Smith's work.