Old Al Haji Amadu had three wives, seven children - and five extremely naughty goggle-eyed goats that munched and gobbled and chewed whatever they could find. One day, enough was enough, they had to go! But getting rid of these troublesome goats proved to be harder than Al Haji could ever have imagined...

'One of the best new picture books of this year.' The Times


Stephen Davies lives with his wife and two baby daughters amongst Fulani herders in West Africa. He speaks Fulfulde, accompanies cattle-drives, and has been involved in the set-up of a Fulfulde radio station. but spends several months of the year in the UK. He also writes for the Guardian Weekly (Letters from Burkina Faso) and occasionally for the Sunday Times. He won Africa Geographic's 'Travel Writer of the Year' competition in 2003. Check out his website: http://www.voiceinthedesert.org.uk.

Christopher Corr was born in London and studied at The Royal College of Art. He has worked on numerous commissions including a Royal Mail millennium stamp about the UN Peace-keeping Force in Bosnia. He has also painted posters and cards and other materials for London Transport, National Aids Trust, Body Shop, Habitat and Ikea, UNICEF, Kensington & Chelsea Healthcare Authority, and Waterstones. His round the world travels provide the inspiration for his work.


One of the best new picture books of this year

The Times

Strikingly bold and vibrant illustrations bring the market place in Timbuktu vividly to life.

Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids, Book of the Month.

The story is fun and the artwork vivid

Irish Times

A bright and appealing book with a multicultural flavour . . . A great book for sharing.

The Bookbag

A blaze of high key colour, the frames pulsate with animal energy . . . Young viewers can go goggle-eyed counting all the human and animal participants.

The School Librarian

A joyous story with a twist in its tail . . . Great for sharing one-to-one or for reading aloud to groups.


Colourful, vibrant . . . very good for a giggle!


Wonderful introductions to African culture, stunningly illustrated.

Creative Steps

This beautiful picture book set in Africa is full of vibrant colour and humour. Bursting with activity, there is a wealth of detail to explore on every page and children will delight in spotting the various characters as well as having fun practising their counting.

BookTrust Best Children's Books of 2012

This exuberant introduction to African culture is wonderfully energetic, with a counting element to boot.

The Bookseller

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