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Moli the pig is back with a new adventure in ILF’s first picture book sequel!

Indigenous Literacy Foundation 3 mins read

Moli bin git stak (Molly gets stuck), written by Karen Manbulloo, is the delightful and highly anticipated sequel to one of Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s most loved picture books and pig, Moli det bigibigi (Molly the Pig).

Written in Kriol and English, it is the first time an ILF picture book has had a sequel. Based on a true story, it follows the adventures of a real- life pig called Moli, who is now BIG and gets stuck.

Looking for shade on a hot day in Kalano, Moli takes shelter under a local van, but ends up getting stuck. Will she manage to get free?

Author Karen Manbulloo says: “I was so happy that when I wrote the book, I didn’t know that from the first book I wrote that Moli had become famous. Little kids at schools still ask me questions. Is she real? Yes she’s real and if you want to go and visit her you can visit her at Kalano with my brother and his family.

This is my second book and I think I’m the first one to write a second book – I just want to continue on writing books. It’s really important to me to share the Kriol language to help our Indigenous Children. It’s really important for our little ones and when they get older, they might, you know, do something like write a book too.”

The author lives in the remote Community of Binjari which is south-west of Katherine where Kriol is the dominant language spoken in Community. When her first book was published in 2017, it was the first time her own grandchildren read a book in their own language.

ILF Publishing Editor Cindy Manfong, who grew up in the Katherine region says: “I remember when the first Moli book came out and people from Community would share their stories of visiting Moli. I think a lot of people are really excited about the second book as well. It’s going to be such a really good book and I think people are really going to adore the second one.”

 Karen Manbulloo says:“Moli went under the car and she couldn’t find her way out. She’s really big now. So, what happened was my brother and his kid had to dig him out of there, so she can find her way out. They had to dig that dirt on the right-hand side and left-hand side and even the middle part as well so she could freely get out of the car.  And even when she got out – she went back under the car again. I’d been there for a couple of months last year and she hasn’t done it again.”

Moli now lies out under the shady tree or even out on the verandah.

Karen hopes her books will put a smile on the faces of readers young and old.

About the author
My name is Karen Manbulloo. I came to live in Binjari in 1999 with my first son. We came here from Rockhole Community. Now I have another three kids. We’ve all lived here since then. All my kids are now adults and have kids of their own. I like to go fishing, hunting, camping and shopping. I love being surrounded by my kids and my family. We come together to tell stories and talk about the olden days and what life was like when I was little. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else but Binjari

Moli bin git stak |Molly gets stuck by Karen Manbulloo ISBN: 9781922592583; RRP: $19.99; Paperback, 24pp, Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Picture book. Ages: 3+


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Key Facts:

       Karen’s books also give English readers a chance to learn some words in Kriol and are ideal for young ages 3+.

       A reading by the author can be accessed by the QR code on the back cover of the book.

About us:

About the Indigenous Literacy Foundation  
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is a national charity working with remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities across Australia. They are Community-led, responding to requests from remote Communities for culturally relevant books, including early learning board books, resources, and programs to support Communities to create and publish their stories in languages of their choice.                             


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