I just cannot fathom how a 10 year old writes books & poems; a motivational speaker, storyteller, poet, guitarist, ballerina, TV host, chair lady, and teacher. At that age, I can’t think where I was or doing but I know I was naughty and always staying out later than my 6pm curfew. My friends and I were always playing games or mostly yapping the whole day about nothing really. Nothing motivational or inspiring nonetheless we all had fun.
Victorine Mbong Shu contacted me a week ago about her 10 year old, Stacey Fru. Obviously this caught my attention immediately. Stacey who is possibly the youngest African award winning author wrote an illustrated 108 pages book titled; ‘Smelly Cats’ without her parents’ knowledge at the tender age of 7. She wrote a second book; ‘Bob and the Snake’ at 8 and before she turned 9, she had accumulated 3 awards for her books and her works.
Smelly Cats is about cats who are cousins. Even though the cats come from the same family, they are bound to have differences due to who they are. This book is about different social, religious and schooling backgrounds as well as challenges posed by the suburbs where the cats are staying. However just like in real life, the cats are naughty and behave badly. They fight a lot and even got into trouble in their school. According to Stacey, the constants fights are real reflections of daily lives.
“Life is not a bed of hatred. You grow better when you fight to spread love and have fun in a child’s way”, says Stacey
Her second book according to Stacey is that no matter how much they try, children will always be naughty and parents will always be hard. Bob the Snake is about Bob who loves snakes with his whole heart. He is super happy because he heard his parents planning to buy him a real snake for his birthday. A few weeks after he received the snake, it was crown the neighborhood Hero for saving the family from a thief who broke into their house while they were asleep. Ironically, Lob the snake is the same reason why Bob runs away from home for days. During school holidays, the family decides to travel to Disney Land.
The question is will Lob the snake be allowed in the plane or not and how will the story end…..
Stacey is apparently on her third book ‘Smelly Cats on Vacation’ that will be published in 2017.
You can contact both Stacey/ her mom on the details below or get a copy of their book on our site.