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 caneven if it means getting into some pretty dangerous situations.
In Akimbo and the Elephants, ivory poachers are killing grown elephants for their tusks and leaving the calves to die. When the authorities fail to turn up new leads, Akimbo sets out to save the elephants by posing as a hunter himself.
About the Author
Alexander McCall Smith has written more than 50 books, including the bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries and The Sunday Philosophy Club. A professor of medical law at Edinburgh University, he was born in what is now Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana.
LeUyen Pham has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Big Sister, Little Sister; Sing-Along Song; and Piggies in a Polka. She lives in San Francisco, California.
Date of Birth:August 24, 1948
Place of Birth:Zimbabwe
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My children and I were first introduced to Akimbo and his adventures when we checked out the audio version (read by Alexander McCall Smith himself). The characters were so appealing, and the adventures so exciting, that we found ourselves sitting outside of our destinations, listening in our car to just a bit more! Akimbo is an African boy coming of age on an animal reserve managed by his father. This young hero is full of love and awe for all the animals they protect and care for, and just at the age where he is starting to realize the dangers that face his father, and the animals themselves, from poachers. To help them, he decides he will face danger to himself, whatever the cost. Though his actions may be a bit reckless, the reader gets a sense of the urgency Akimbo feels to do something to help, even as a youngster. The adventure is realistic enough to keep the reader fully engaged with dangers and moral questions that come up in the story. I highly recommend it to anyone with children who have outgrown preschool books and shows, and are starting to claim their own rights and responsibilities in the world. Akimbo is a fine friend to have on the journey. The books are written at a 7-9 year old reading level.