Book Review – The rhythm of a child’s imagination

2012-08-24 14:36

The Tale of Sting Ray Charles by Adam Howard and Lynn Joffe

44 pages; R129

My child cried a lot when Adam Howard and Lynn Joffe had finished performing The Amazing Magical Musical Adventures of Pitterpat the Crazee Caterpillar.

she wanted more, so we bought the book to take home.

This is how our family got to know The Tale of Sting Ray Charles, Howard and Joffe’s self-published chidren’s book and, hopefully, the first in a series featuring the magical power of Pitterpat the Crazee Caterpillar.

The large-format book is filled with colourful images as Thomas The Jazz Cat and Bliksem Da’Bone (inspired by
the real-life pets of the authors) set off on a journey of the imagination to the bottom of the sea to meet
Sting Ray Charles.

Along the way, they teach their fans how to make music, how the first beat you learn is that of your heart, and how to get rhythm and add a melody.

But above all, how to access your imagination, and let it soar and dive, making whatever you can dream
come true. Which is where Pitterpat comes in. He’s the key that unlocks little imaginations.

Bright, informative and original, this book is worth adding to your child’s library.

It comes with a CD that includes the story as well as the songs and the music, so that your child can learn the words and then indulge in a little karaoke.

Howard and Joffe are both longtime South Africans who were born in the UK, which is why the characters have accents that range from the heights of Scotland to the port of Liverpool.

But this is a home-grown book with universal reach that has two aims – kick-starting imagination and putting a tap in your step.

» The Tale of Sting Ray Charles is available online at, which is also a lovely interactive site for our increasingly techno-savvy children

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