Three excellent holiday reads

2016-12-22 06:01


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THESE are some of the great satirical and humorous books in book shops right now, so why not tickle someone’s funny bone with one of these perfect Christmas reads.

• Dr Jack’s Third Illustrated South
African Byrd Book

Dr Jack

Struik Nature

YOU definitely do not need to be a birdwatcher to love Dr Jack’s new book, Dr Jack’s Third Illustrated South African Byrd Book.

Picture-driven, it features a collection of cartoons that lampoon birds on the basis of their common names. Dr Jack draws on some existing material, but also turns to the renaming of a number of southern African birds for fresh inspiration.

This is the third offering from Dr Jack, who received his national diploma for graphic design at the Pretoria Technikon and then worked as official artist for South Africa’s National Parks Board. His first book, Dr Jack’s Illustrated South African Byrd Book, was a surprise success that reprinted twice, and was followed a year later by Dr Jack’s Illustrated Second South African Byrd Book.

Dr Jack’s Third Illustrated South African Byrd Book is targeted specifically at SA twitchers, as well as more relaxed bird watchers and nature lovers in general. It’s fabulous and funny, and the perfect affordable gift for the birder in your life who already has everything else.

• Madam & Eve: Take Us to Your Leader

Stephen Francis and Ricu


IT is hard to believe the Anderson family and their domestic sidekick, Eve, have been part of our daily landscape for 23 years.

Madam & Eve cartoons appear regularly in the Mail & Guardian , The Star, The Saturday Star, Herald , Mercury, Witness, Daily Dispatch, Cape Times, Pretoria News, Diamond Fields Advertiser, Die Volksblad, EC Today, Kokstad Advertiser and The Namibian.

This year’s collection, Madam & Eve: Take us to your leader, offers more cartoons looking at domestic life and politics in the New South Africa.

Laughter is the best medicine and you can look forward to plenty of that in this witty and smart collection.

• Zapiro – Dead President Walking



ZAPIRO comes of age in this 21st annual. Zuma once again takes centre stage for all the wrong reasons along with his cronies the Guptas and his nemesis Malema.

It’s also the year of the hashtag — #RhodesMustFall begat #FeesMustFall, also #Racism/#Sexism and #ZumaMustFall — but with Nenegate and Sars wars, it’s the rand that’s really falling. Meanwhile, Pravin and Thuli continue to fight the good fight.

Each cartoon in this collection is worth 1 000 words and helps us make sense of our crazy, beautiful country where fact is indeed stranger than fiction.

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