Jaco Jacobs is the most popular and prolific children's book author in Afrikaans. He has published more than 120 books and nearly a million copies of his books have been sold. Jaco is also a well-known columnist, blogger, freelance journalist and translator. He lives in Bloemfontein, South Africa
‘The book deftly handles issues around family life, as well as activism, with a light-hearted touch. With lots of humour and a cast of weird but wonderful characters, and Jim Tierney’s modish illustrations, this is the perfect feel-good book from one of South Africa’s top children’s authors.’
'Quirky, charming and very funny, but with a real emotional punch. It is the perfect place to start for someone looking to move on from The Wimpy Kid books.'
– Anthony McGowan, author of The Donut Diaries
‘Instantly engaging, funny and robust.'
– Amanda Craig, New Statesman
‘Jacobs authentically sketches the main characters’ deeper motivations — especially Leila’s reaction to her parents’ divorce. Ultimately, Jacobs delivers a kind and uplifting novel about two characters taking a stand.’
– Publishers Weekly
'It made me chuckle on the very first page. A story with a warm heart and characters you want to spend time with.'
– Jill Coleman - BookTrust Director of Children's Books
‘A small gem with interesting characters touching on issues such as divorce, friendship and the outsiders in our society.’
– Die Burger
‘Jaco Jacobs undoubtedly has the gift of writing entertaining stories. His characters are believable, and ever so often there’s a hint of humour to make the reading experience even more pleasurable.’