Happy book birthday, to us!
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Meet our new character Wanda, with her beautiful head full of hair. She is brave and strong, but she’s unhappy because of the endless teasing by the boys at school. These boys gave us a real laugh as we developed them. The bullies, the cat-callers, the hecklers – ever noticed how imperfect they are? Through Grandma Makhulu’s hair secrets and stories Wanda appreciates that her hair is a crown and something to be proud of. Our vision of Grandma is of a modern and contemporary woman.

This book is about identity and beauty, celebrating how cultural pride is learnt and passed on over generations. This was a really meaningful and satisfying project.

Written by By Sihle Nontshokweni and Mathabo Tlali
Illustrated by Chantelle and Burgen Thorne
Published by Jacana Media

Chantelle & Burgen Thorne
Children's Illustrator
Mooi River, South Africa
Tel: +27 73 594 7919

People often ask us why - why art? Why work together? Why did you move to the country? Why so many animals? Why did you do things the long way? The last one's easy - because we did… Show more.

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Chantelle and Burgen are incredible illustrators to work with. The storyboarding for each book is meticulously thought through. Careful consideration is given to each character and the detail and colour of their work is beautiful. They are enthusiastic and also work to schedule. I would highly recommend using them.
— Carol Broomhall, Publisher | Jacana Media
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