Breaking New Ground with Reviva Schermbrucker
by Ruth Stone and Barbara A. Lehman

“Her fluid, easy-to-read style of writing and the intiguing combinations of artistic techniques used to illustrate the books she writes makes her one of the more unique authors and illustrators of South African children’s literature.” Bookbird – A Journal of International Children’s literature,  Vol. 49, January 2011

For full text of the profile above see Bookbird Profile in the drop-down under Reviews


Charlie’s House
“Exuberantly inventive and touching.” The Guardian

“Subtly detailed pictures…Studiously unsentimental but nonetheless poignant” The Independent on Sunday

“A fine picture book, first published in South Africa, sets the individual child’s imaginative play in a contemporary urban scene.” Booklist, 15 December 1991

“…exciting reading for African children.” Osayimwense Osa, English Department, Georgia State University, February 1991


A Child’s Garden
Ideas and Projects for Children and Parents

“Groen én fantasties. Dis die twee bene waarop dié boek staan en wat hom a wenner maak.” Die Burger 1. 6. 1993

“New book is a child’s delight” Myrna Robins, The Argus, 2.2.1993

“This delightful book … is essentially a book for the whole family, opening up an exciting world of adventure and fantasy.” Julia Lloyd, South African Garden and Home, June 19930

Lucky Fish!
“Story of struggle family well-told piece of fiction. It resists the temptation to punish readers with political correctness.” Jennifer Crocker, The Cape Times, 23 January 2004

“Astounding in its simplicity…Lucky Fish is a wonderful book to buy and keep, a stunning remembrance of how extraordinary those ordinary times were.” Laura Melville, The Witness, 8 March 2004

“Inspiring apartheid novel resonates.” Di Caelers, Cape Argus, 27 April 2004

”Lucky Fish triumphs for its sensitive narration, while still retaining an at-times-slightly- humorous and fresh perspective.” Elle, May 2004


An African Christmas Cloth
“This extraordinary visual treat will intrigue and delight children and adults alike.” Mail and Guardian November, 2005

“ Quirky tale and colourful tapestries reel in readers… What she has done in these tapestries is to bring to life the infinite variety and beauty of life. There is colour and movement, and sense of humour and observation… a must buy.” Jennifer Crocker, Cape Times, December 23 2005

“Aunty Apples will have you in stitches,” Vivien Horler, Cape Argus 12 Novemebr 2005

“This is stunning!” Jay Heale, broadcast on Fine Music Radio, 5  December 2005