Akimbo can't believe his luck when his father allows him to visit his uncle Peter's snake park. And when a local village calls to report a sighting of a green mamba snakethe rarest and most deadly one of allAkimbo hopes to help his uncle catch it for the park. But little does he expect to find himself trapped face to face with the deadliest of reptiles.
Bestselling novelist Alexander McCall Smith brings the majesty and dangers of Africa to life in this vividly imagined adventure for young readers.
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
These are wonderful childhood stories that I know our 7 year old will always remember because they are adventures in Africa. I think he loves them precisely because they are not set in a 1st world country. All the Akimbo stories are engaging and pure joy for a child that wants to read chapter books early but whose parents don't want him to have to deal with the more mature (and I think unnecessary) content of the other chapter book choices out there. Delightful!
This book is a great read for children. It is a great way to escape into another land. The main character Akimbo lives in Africa and absolutely loves it. Throughout the book he comes face to face with various animals in his adventures, the only one he can't meet is a snake. For some reason the snakes always slither away to quickly. That is until his Uncle Peter invites him for a visit at his snake park. Akimbo's dad finally agrees to the visit and Akimbo can't wait. Akimbo would never guess what situations are waiting for him there. During his visit he proves his bravery and definitely uses some problem solving to get himself out of a sticky situation. This book is great for children who love excitement and adventure.