"Salma, pretty Salma, please go to market for your old granny who loves you so." This up-to-the-minute "Red Riding Hood" story is set in a South African township with market traders, a crazy-eyed rooster, Anansi the storyteller and a no-good, slick, sly stranger calling himself Mr Dog. The comedy, thrills and shivers of the familiar story lead to a reassuring ending, and Niki Daly's tongue-in-cheek storytelling and hilarious pictures are flavoured with melon, ice-cream and fun.
Niki Daly's first book, The Little Girl Who Lived Down the Road, won a British Arts Council Illustration Award. It was followed by Not So Fast Songololo, which won a Parents' Choice Award in the U.S. In 1995 All the Magic in the World won an IBBY Honours Award and Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky was chosen by the New York Times Literary Supplement as one of their ten best illustrated books. His books for Frances Lincoln include Bravo Zan Angelo, Nola Turkington's The Dancer, Christopher Gregorowski's Fly, Eagle, Fly!, Once Upon a Time and the delightful.Jamela series which includes Jamela's Dress, Where's Jamela?, What's Cooking, Jamela? and Happy Birthday, Jamela!