I dont want to be a hyena
By Avril van der Merwe
Penguin Random House South Africa, 2019
Hyena is unhappy because it seems that she does not have a good reputation. She wants to be loved, like Elephant, and admired, like Lion. However, her efforts to turn herself into first an elephant, and then a lion prove humorously unsuccessful. Lion suggests that since Hyena has spots like a leopard, perhaps she could become a leopard instead. This attempt too, meets with comical failure. Far from denigrating her, the other animals affirm her strong hyena qualities, and encourage her to be all that she was born to be, much to the relief and delight of Hyena's pack.