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Dan Auta

An African Tale

by (author) José Ortega y Gasset

illustrated by Piet Grobler

translated by Elisa Amado

afterword by Federico Allodi & Minab W. Yetbarek

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Nov 2022
African, Siblings, Fairy Tales, Folklore, Legends & Mythology, Monsters
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2022
    List Price

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Where to buy it


An Aldana Libros Book, Greystone Kids

Kids 9 to 12 will laugh out loud while reading this adventurous graphic novel, which brings an African folk tale to life for a new audience.

When Sarra's parents die, they leave her with an important warning: never let Dan Auta, her little brother, cry. But Dan Auta loves to make trouble. He hitches a ride on the back of a bird, pokes the eye of the king's son, and even pees on the king's head. Making sure he doesn't cry is much harder than Sarra thought!

But Dan Auta's unbridled curiosity and determination may be exactly what everyone needs: a terrible monster called the Dodo is attacking the city... and Dan Auta is the only one with the courage to take him on.

Dan Auta features:

  • A delightful celebration of mischief and bravery
  • A portrait of the extraordinary things kids are capable of when they follow their own paths
  • Lively illustrations from renowned illustrator Piet Grobler
  • Supplementary material that explains the folk tale's significance

About the authors

José Ortega y Gasset's profile page

PIET GROBLER is a world-renowned South African illustrator of children’s books. He has illustrated ninety five books, which have been published in many languages, and he has won a number of awards, including two silver medals at the Noma Concours (Japan), the Octogone de Chêne (France) and a Golden Apple at the Biennial of Illustration in Bratislava. He lives in Portugal and is the visiting Professor in Illustration at the University of Worcester, in the United Kingdom.

Piet Grobler's profile page

Elisa Amado's profile page

Federico Allodi's profile page

Minab W. Yetbarek's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Hilarious and subversive."

"A thought-provoking tale."
Kirkus Review

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