Mwenye Hadithi - Handsome Hog - Hachette Children's Group

Handsome Hog

By Mwenye Hadithi
Illustrated by Adrienne Kennaway

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  • £6.99

A brand-new title in this much-loved series of ethnic folktales, bursting with colour and vitality by an award-winning team.

On the Great Grassy African Plain Handsome Hog had a beautiful smooth coat and an extremely elegant tail. This is the story of how Handsome Hog lost his looks and became known as Warthog to the other animals.

Mwenye Hadithi is a pen name and means a story-teller in Swahili.

Biographical Notes

Mwenye Hadithi (Author)
Mwenye Hadithi was born in Nairobi in a rambling brick and wood house surrounded by ten acres. His early life was full of animals. He attended London University, studying languages and foreign literature. When his first attempts at short stories and radio plays were sold immediately, he decided to be the next great African Writer.

Adrienne Kennaway (Illustrator)
Adrienne Kennaway spent most of her formative life in Kenya, East Africa, where she developed her interest in wildlife. Interest soon turned to art and even as a child Adrienne painted animals. A spell at Ealing Tech in London and L'Academie Bella Arte in Rome polished Adrienne's skills. Adrienne has illustrated over 30 children's books and her illustrations for Crafty Chameleon won the Kate Greenaway Prize. A world-wide traveller, Adrienne now enjoys spending time in the countryside, capturing the local wildlife on canvas. She lives in the Republic of Ireland.

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  • ISBN: 9780340970355
  • Publication date: 01 Jul 2010
  • Page count: 32
  • Imprint: Hodder Children's Books
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