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Akimbo and the Elephants by Alexander McCall Smith, illustrated by LeUyen Pham X
Akimbo and the Elephants by Alexander McCall Smith, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
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Ten-year-old Akimbo lives on a game preserve in Africa. His father is the head ranger, and Akimbo is eager to help him whenever he can—even if it means getting into some pretty dangerous situations.
Also published at the same time: Akimbo and The Lions.

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'The tale's brevity, Smith's concise writing and Pham's evocative full-page half-tone illustrations make this an attractive choice for reluctant readers.' - PW.
'While readers will want to know which country Akimbo calls home and will question the stereotyped sex roles, they will cheer for the goodhearted boy as he bravely faces each danger in his quest to protect his beloved animals.' - Kirkus.

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Alexander McCall Smith, illustrated by LeUyen Pham Author Biography

Alexander McCall Smith began the now highly successful 'No 1 Ladies Detective Agency' series in 1996, after being inspired by the sight of a 'traditionally built' Botswanan lady chasing down a chicken for a meal. The first book in the series - 'The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency' was published in the UK in 1998 but didn't arrive in the USA until 2001.

Known to his friends as Sandy, McCall Smith describes the Botswanans as 'genuinely courteous people' He knows Botswana well as he grew up there and also spent several years on the law faculty of the University of Botswana; his volume on the legal system of Botswana (The Criminal Law of Botswana) remains the definitive and in fact, only book on the subject.

In 2004 he published the first in a...

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