Not So Fast Songololo, Paperback

Not So Fast Songololo Paperback

Illustrated by Niki Daly

3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


A touching tale of young and old, full of the colours and smells of an African township.

Songololo goes into the city with Gogo to help her do the shopping.

Gogo walks very slowly, but Songololo likes to take his time as well.

Grandmother and grandson enjoy a leisurely stroll around the busy African city, ending with a special reward for Songololo, for helping Gogo so well.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9780711217652


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This is a story about a poor boy in South Africa (so be mindful of South African terms such as "zebra crossing" where Americans would say "crosswalk") who helps out his grandmother and as a special treat gets a new pair of sneakers. His FIRST new pair of sneakers, as he usually wears his older sibling's falling-apart handmedowns.The family relationships are sweet and clear, the story is vividly told, the resolution is simple... and yet, I just can't get into this book when I read it to my nieces. This, in turn, affects their appreciation of it as they can see that I'm just going through the motions instead of enjoying it. Try Jamela's Birthday or Those Shoes instead.