Little Boy Good-For-Nothing and the Shongololo

An original African folk tale, illustrated by children of Ludlow Infant School and the author.

Brave Little Boy Good-For-Nothing must go to the rain-keepers hut to bring back the rain-cloud and save his village from drought. Fierce crocodiles guard the rain-cloud, but with the help of his friend the Shongololo, he rescues the animals that go bump in the night, sets free the moon, and becomes Little Boy Good-For-Something. An original African folk tale, illustrated by children of Ludlow Infant School and the author. Suitable for children aged 5 to 7 years.


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Brave Little Boy Good-For-Nothing must go to the rain-keeper’s hut to bring back the rain-cloud and save his village from drought. Fierce crocodiles guard the rain-cloud, but with the help of his friend the Shongololo, the lion and the moon-moths, he rescues the animals that go bump in the night, sets free the moon, and becomes Little Boy Good-For-Something. This short story for 5 to 7 year olds, has charming and colourful illustrations by the author and the children of an Infants School with whom she worked. The atmosphere and characters of the African village are captured in the bright colours of the illustrations. The story is one of the triumph of a small child over seemingly insurmountable odds, with the help of the animals who could have been his enemies, but rewarded his kindness and good nature. From being thought worthless by most, he has earned his proper place and respect in his village – the place his granny always knew he deserved. In this tale children can become acquainted with the flora and fauna and social norms of an African village and the children who drew the pictures have also shown imagination and accuracy in their depiction of the many animals Dakarai encounters.

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 Lovely book for my grandson.

Marion Richards - Amazon Reviewer.


I received this book from the Goodreads First Reads scheme. I have an 8 year old bro and he thoroughly enjoyed it. Read it a few time since. I always encourage to read as many different books as possible. He really enjoys a good book.This is a great book for ids illustrated by kids and the author. It’s a refreshing look at the Golden rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”My issues: What is a shongololo? I know now but would’ve liked to during reading. Why is he ‘good-for-nothing’?I know it’s a common saying but he’s only little and at that age a lot of children aren’t experts in an field and everyone is always good for and at something.My brother was a bit concerned of the little boys’s and his family’s potential ostracism. More of what I like! The culture differences shown. I like learning about other cultures and I think all children should be exposed to other ways of life. Overall it’s a good book for early readers…5-7 and perfect for reading out loud.

Sa Toya - Amazon Reviewer.


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