Mungai and the Goa Constrictor – 50% of All Proceeds to the Wildlife Conservation Society

Mungai cover - wide

Deforestation is at the worst it has ever been.
More species than ever are disappearing from the planet
and the animals are crying out for our help.

50% of all sale proceeds of Mungai and the Goa Constrictor, from 13th December until 13th January, will be donated to the Wildlife Conservation Society – my Christmas gift to the animals.

The holidays are almost upon us – What better time to gift someone a copy!

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor offers the ideal way to spread awareness of the intentional devastation wreaked on the forest environments by unscrupulous members of society;  those propelled through life by callousness and greed. Those who are so impervious to the effects of deforestation on all who inhabit the earth, only the united strength of the global community can stop their activities.

New cover size 24.09.13

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor is a children’s book best suited to ages 9 to 90. Told through the eyes of animals, it tells of conspiracies hatched to aid the wilful destruction of the rainforests, and the resulting unlikely friendships forged between the various species of the widespread animal kingdom. It’s a story filled with action, adventure, humour, deceit, friendship, tolerance and environmental awareness.

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor has received twenty two wonderful four and five star reviews.     $3.25   £2.04
Paperback   $8.96

Here are some of the things readers are saying:

“Curzon’s “Mungai and the Goa Constrictor” is worthy of being a classic. It is fable, novel, allegory — all in one. “Mungai” is written with intellectual depth: complicated themes and symbols abound in the story…” (Christine Corretti – USA)

“Great, great, great book! Excellent lesson, and almost a vicious-circle type ending, which I find to be uncommon in most books”  (The Halulkos)

“This unique book is a delightful read for all ages that could become a classic and be adapted to a school’s curriculum. The dialogues are witty and entertaining, and the characters are intriguing and well-developed. A provoking and engaging read” (Mina M)

“Amelia E. Curzon has done us all a huge favour, by shining a spotlight on, and enlightening us to, the damage done to our society by these unconscionable and despicable human beings. Her insight into this behaviour and relaying this message, through the depiction of animals is truly remarkable” (Jane Whiteoak – USA)

“What follows is an entertaining round of scheming, duplicity and jostling for position within the group whilst they get up to no good in the no go area of the jungle. A bit like people in politics really, with a similar underlying message” (Murphy Reviews – Zimbabwe)

“I didn’t see the ending coming, that was a surprise……..I think I’d read this again, like most of the endearing children’s classics – that are also made for adults to enjoy” (Mr. “Max” Reviews – USA)

“This ought to be a staple in family homes, schools, and libraries across the globe” (Paul- USA)

Two excerpts from Chapters Twenty-Eight and Six.

The first is where the good animals are in pursuit of one of the escaped villains.

The second is the first meeting between the animal villains and the ‘two-legs’.

Excerpt One
Taken from Chapter Twenty Eight – The Aftermath

Whilst the other apes were trying to swing after him at the same speed, Gerald had an unfortunate accident.

He collided with a rather large, and not very friendly beast that, like Mungai, was of dubious origin. The beast had been asleep in the branches at the time, and was non too pleased by this unwanted intrusion into his dreams. He reared up on his hind legs, delicately balancing himself on the thinnest of branches, and lunged for Gerald.

“He looks like a monkey-meat lover,” thought Gerald, but he was frozen to the spot and could only think of his imminent death, followed by a prestigious military funeral, he hoped, for his few remains.The unidentifiable creature grabbed Gerald by the feet, and swung him round and round above his head, and then hurled him skywards towards the canopy roof, where he became stuck between two branches. He was so far up, the others lost sight of him.

On his own, with no-one to help him, he thought immediately of his ‘military training’ and decided to bring in the ‘vacate the high location’ manoeuvre. This manoeuvre was something only to be used in emergency situations, which he quite rightly deemed this was. He did not have much time, so he started straight away tearing off branches and bits of other vegetation, and weaving them together securely. He kept doing this until he had a large piece, three times his own size. He took one corner in each claw, and let himself fall backwards, down from the top. It was a very crowded tree. The growth from top to bottom was extremely dense. It cannot be said he sailed down from above, more bounced than anything. He bounced and he bounced and he bounced. From one branch to the other…sideways, backwards and forwards. Hanging upside down, he could not see where he was going.  Much to his surprise, he found the jungle floor. It was not a soft landing.

Excerpt Two
Taken from Chapter Six – Mungai’s Furtive Arrangements

The next day Mungai took Goa on a journey. They left the jungle and moved into the forest, and kept going until they arrived at a huge over-ground burrow hidden amongst some trees.

“What ith thith?” asked Goa.

“This,” answered Mungai proudly. “Is a paper mill.”

“What doeth it do?” She asked again.

“It takes the logs, grinds them up, mixes them with water and turns them into pulp. It presses the pulp into sheets and they become paper for the two-legs to use.” Mungai seemed very well-informed. Goa couldn’t grasp it at all.

“Well, well, well,” came a voice from behind them. “Mungai! Loose again! I thought you was gone for good this time, mate.”

”Mungai turned round to greet the voice. Realising it was a two-leg, Goa shot underneath the building in fear.

“Hello, Joe,” said Mungai. “Thought I’d come and see how you’re doing.”

He noticed the pleasant smell of honey and exotic fruits as Mungai got closer to him. Joe liked honey. He was a small scruffy two-leg of indeterminate age. He spoke badly and slouched a lot. His clothes did not fit him properly, nor did he look very clean. Goa was not impressed, and wondered if Joe had inspired Mungai’s description of the two-leg he had pretended to see in the forest. She hissed again, but was ignored by both of them.

“Come inside out of the sun,” invited Joe.

He knew whatever Mungai had planned would probably be against the laws made by the two-legs, and most certainly dangerous to any other creatures involved. He also knew, whatever it was, he would profit well out of it as he had done so many times in the past.     $3.25    £2.04       Paperback   $9.95

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor banner


Off to Oz – Giveaway Hop

Off to Oz September 10th - 17th 2013 LOGO

Welcome to all blog hoppers and other visitors
This week I am thrilled to be part of another fabulous event hosted by I Am a Reader Not a Writer and Angela’s Anxious Life

To celebrate this happening,  I am giving away three paperback copies of Mungai and the Goa Constrictor.
To enter;  all you need to do is follow this blog (right sidebar) or LIKE Mungai’s page on Facebook (left sidebar) – as simple as that  🙂

There are over 80 wonderful blogs participating and masses of prizes to be won.
Click here to view the list and follow the fun 

New Book Cover December 2012

About Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

Mungai,  a jungle creature of indeterminate origin,  happily ambles through life dreaming up scandalous get-rich-quick schemes.   On his travels he meets Goa,  an equally ruthless and selfish Boa Constrictor.   Having explained to her “the usefulness of the lesser species”,  and his latest highly profitable master plan,  Mungai tempts Goa into joining him in his search for as many unsuspecting creatures as they can muster.

Very soon they meet and befriend some innocent animals of the woodland,  including Bodger,  an amiable and easily led badger.   With much flattery and tale spinning,  Mungai cajoles Bodger and his friends into joining forces with him and Goa in his latest ill-founded chicanery.

The gullible little creatures take it all in.   But,  will they come to their senses before their beloved environment is destroyed entirely?

“Great, great, great book!  Excellent lesson,  and almost a vicious-circle type ending,  which I find to be uncommon in most books”  (The Halulkos)

“This was a clever,  enjoyable,  different,  well-crafted story and one I’d love to see as an animated movie. Both the book (and the movie!) would appeal to older children and adults alike” (Beeshon)

“This ought to be a staple in family homes,  schools and libraries across the globe”  (Paul)

“Filled with endearing characters and plenty of action and adventure,  Mungai and the Goa Constrictor would make a perfect addition to any home library” (Bette Stevens)

Click on the menu in the left sidebar to read more review snippets, full reviews and chapter snippets.

The Chronicles of King Big Bear Features and Reviews Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor banner

Wow – Another 5 star review for Mungai and the Goa Constrictor!

I have just been featured on the fantastic blog of my dear friend, author and artist Christine Corretti.  Not only that, Christine has posted the most amazing 5 star review of Mungai.

Please all go over to her blog and read.  There are loads of other great stuff to see too.  Well worth a visit!

The Chronicles of King Big Bear

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor featured and reviewed on The Chronicles of King Big Bear

Wow, life is good! – ‘Mungai’ has been given yet another 5 stars!

I have just received the most spectacular in-depth review for Mungai and the Goa Constrictor. My heartfelt thanks to the very erudite Jane Whiteoak for taking so much time to write this review. I hope many of you will find the time and the irrepressible urge to read it. 

Select a place..any where in the world and you most probably have heard stories about a pair to be very wary of, like Mungai and the Goa Constrictor! Likely, you’ll have heard them directly, from the innocent victims left strewn aside in their wake. This is a story about nature, reforestation, gold mining, animals both two-legged and four-legged and the most nebulous kind of all… that of the cold and calculating… psychological nature.
Mungai, escapes from a zoo by literally biting the hand that feeds him, to obtain his freedom. Along the way he connects with a self-centered, narcissistic snake named Goa. They instantly mirror and gravitate to the lack of conscience in each other and recognize “possibilities” of a greater future together. They exist in this world only to use everyone that they encounter to their own advantage.
Mungai and the Goa Constrictor - A Children's Book by Amelia E Curzon - book CoverThey formulate a plan to exploit a group of unsuspecting animals, promising great rewards in the future, if the animals do as they request.
Having every faith in the pair, the animals work laboriously constructing tables, chairs and baskets out of wood with the promise of hope and prosperity for their respective families. They listen attentively to Mungai and Goa, as the two speak with authority and are quite erudite in their knowledge of the woodland surroundings and little gold treasures. To doubt their sincerity would be erroneous as the animals would have a falling out with their peers and thus be made to look foolish.
Through manipulation and cajoling the two cause confusion every step of the way. The woodland and jungle animals work together in good faith but they are gullible and unbeknownst to them are being terribly misled. Their gold mining endeavours, are necessary to pay for new equipment, used by humans to work at deforestation!
They’ve all been told by the amoral pair, that the “trees are too old” and need to be chopped down, in order that new ones may be replanted in their place. The animals have no concept that they are working illegally and are actually chopping down their own habitat. The two ring leaders start to show a few cracks in their armour however, when they begin to live in loftier and loftier residences. Each move is scrupulously planned, to be farther away from the ‘workers’ each time and with every move they have obtained, through smooth talk, even greater security.( e.g. wolves acting as security guards).
Finally, a very observant crow, becomes extremely suspicious and tries in vain to alert the diligent trusting foreman, the badger. Of course, the badger doesn’t believe a word that the crow tells him, as he has complete and utter “misplaced” trust in Mungai and Goa.
The book is very engaging as one ponders, if this dubious duo will ever be seen for what and whom, they truly are. Amelia E. Curzon has done us all a huge favour, by shining a spotlight on and enlightening us, to the damage done to our society by these unconscionable and despicable human beings. Her insight into this behaviour and relaying this message, through the depiction of animals is truly remarkable. This is an excellent book that would be advantageous and fascinating to read, for all ages. It is a real page turner and I highly recommend this book to all!

Jane Whiteoak – January 14th 2013

Buy on

Buy on

Buy the Paperback

Read all other reviews here

Woo Hoo! “Mungai” is the Main Feature This Week on The Bridge of Deaths Blog

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor - A Children's Book by Amelia E Curzon - Book CoverMUNGAI AND THE GOA CONSTRICTOR

(recommended reading age: 9 to 90)

Probably one of the best books you and your family will read this year!

Likened to both Orwell’s Animal Farm and Kipling’s Jungle Book (though a very different tale) it is hoped Mungai and the Goa Constrictor will …… Read more at: The Bridge of Deaths on Tumblr