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Nicko: Book Lounge

Event Date 
23 September 2017
The Book Lounge


Join Penny Haw for some monkeying around and a reading from her book, Nicko - The Tale of a Vervet Monkey on an African Farm :

Storytime at: The Book Lounge

Date: Saturday, 23 September 2017

Time: 11h00

Address: 71 Roeland Street, Cnr Buitenkant, Cape Town

RSVP: or 021 462 2425

For kids and animal lovers of all ages with an introduction to the characters, a lesson on how to speak to a vervet monkey, a reading from the book, author Q&A, colouring in, and a bunch of other fun things.


About the Book:

This is the true tale of Alice Kirk and Nicko, the baby vervet monkey that was found abandoned near her home farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Alice and her husband Jack shared their home with a menagerie of animals – both domestic and wild! Alice agreed to raise Nicko and he remained there as her companion until he died of old age at 17. The story encompasses his interaction with the other animals of the household, as well as humans. It carries the reader through a range of adventures and emotions from the wonderfully wacky and hilarious to alarming and sometimes sad.

Author Penny Haw is the granddaughter of Alice and throughout her childhood, Penny was entertained with the stories of Nicko’s escapades. She now retells these tales in the first person through Alice’s ‘voice’. Children (of all ages) will enjoy them, and the relationship between Nicko and Alice, and Nicko and other animal species, will fascinate all animal lovers.