I Don’t Want to be a Hyena

Avril Van der Merwe

This story acknowledges the negative perceptions about hyenas but employs action and humour to present hyena's exceptional characteristics
Date Published :
January 2020
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
Contributor(s) :
Heidi-Kate Greeff
Illustration :
16 dps illustrations
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781485900504
Pages : 32
Dimensions : 8.2 X 8.2 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Hyena is unhappy because it seems that she does not have a good reputation. She wants to be loved, like Elephant, and admired, like Lion. However, her efforts to turn herself into first an elephant, and then a lion prove humorously unsuccessful. Lion suggests that since Hyena has spots like a leopard, perhaps she could become a leopard instead. This attempt too, meets with comical failure. Far from denigrating her, the other animals affirm her strong hyena qualities, and encourage her to be all that she was born to be, much to the relief and delight of Hyena's pack.

About The Author

Avril van der Merwe is the author of How Cheetah Got His Tears (Puffin Books 2017) as well as several prize-winning children’s stories set in Africa. She developed a love of illustrated children’s fiction during a decade as a pre-primary school teacher in Cape Town. She also taught English at Rand Park High in Johannesburg. Although Avril grew up in South Africa, she now lives in Seattle in the USA. Apart from children’s stories, she writes adult fiction and works as an inspirational writer and speaker.

Heidi-Kate Greeff is a Cape Town-based illustrator with a degree in Fine Art from the University of Pretoria, and a love for creating animal characters that capture our hearts.

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