original English edition published in 2004, Afrikaans edition published in 2009
would you do if a load of rubbish suddenly started talking to you? Or
if you realised one day that your pet mouse was smarter than the
headmaster of your school?
Smith does not believe in magic or fairies, but you tend to re-evaluate
your beliefs when someone is murdered and you suddenly have to rely on
talking mice and garbage heaps that fly around in revved up dustbins to
save you from hordes of boy-eating rats. A must for those who crave
magic and adventure with a touch of the bizarre.
Format (soft cover): 213mm x 137mm; 300 pages Readership: Age:10-13
Winner of the M.E.R. Prize for Children's Literature 2005 - Judges'
comments: "Although not often enough, every now and then a fantasy
novel appears in South Africa that makes one sigh with relief. Louw's
Mr. Humperdinck's Wonderful Whatsit is such a novel. The story teems
with dwarves, fairies and gargoyles, apart from talking bricks, flying
smooth talking garbage heaps, man eating giant rats as well as young
(and older) heroes and villains. The author effortlessly succeeds in
suspending the reader's disbelief in these characters and their
Tales from Hoop ‘N’ Holler, Book 1: The Wizard’s Apprentice