Jabu, the youngest of three brothers, uses humour to collect tears from the largest crocodile in the land – tears needed to break the spell cast on Princess Mbali. Along the way, he discovers that being funny can be more powerful than being strong or talented.

A young boy collecting the tears of a crocodile into an empty jar.
Jaco Jacobs, a South African writer and author a children's book called 'Crocodile Tears'.



Jaco is a South African author who has written over 260 books for children and young adults. He has translated more than 300 children's books into Afrikaans, including works by Dr. Seuss.

Two of his teen novels were turned into films, and his work has been translated into several languages. He's won numerous awards, including 34 ATKV

Children's Book Awards (the only book award in Afrikaans where children get to vote for their favourite books).

Two women who illustrated a child's book called Crocodile Tears.



Cabblow Studios is an award-winning animation and illustration studio based in Johannesburg, South Africa. They specialise in heartfelt and charming storytelling. Their work spans animated films, episodic series, Webtoons, and children's books.

Beyond creative work, they actively engage with the animation industry through festivals and workshops.

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