FORMAT: Paperback Book
SUMMARY: Two very different nocturnal creatures learn the give and take of friendship on the African savannah, when they decide to open a hotel. Aardvark, impulsive and full of ideas, is the perfect foil to Pangolin’s calm and careful nature. The tempo of each chapter follows a pattern: Aardvark, the dreamer, suggests a halfbaked idea.
Pangolin refuses for rational reasons, then falls under Aardvark’s spell, with the inevitable conflict that follows. Funny and adventurous, the story explores friendship and individuality. In the end it’s the tiny gifts left by the animals who came to stay that help Pangolin appreciate what true friendship means.
AUTHOR: Dianne Hofmeyr lives in London but grew up on the southern tip of Africa. She qualified as an art teacher. Journeys with notebook and camera through Botswana, China, Egypt, Russia, Tunisia, Senegal, Siberia, Vietnam and Zambia have led to books that have won Sanlam Awards, the Young Africa Award, IBBY Honour Books and the MNet Book Prize.