Picturebook Reviews

Chicken in the Kitchen by Nnedi Okorafor, Mehrdokht Amini (Illustrator)

Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 2015 by Lantana Publishing
Source: Library

Chicken in the Kitchen is an entertaining tale about a little girl called Anyaugo who wakes up the night before the yam festival to find a giant chicken ransacking the kitchen. She knows she has to stop the chicken before it destroys the food her mother and relatives prepared for the festival the next day but she cannot find the woodwit which is the only being that can help her defeat this chicken seemingly hellbent on destruction.

The art is beautiful and story full of whimsy and culture. Anyaugo finds out that there’s more to things and situations than meets the eye. Children reading this will be charmed by the illustrations and the story.

 

Ella, Queen of Jazz by Helen Hancocks

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 6th 2017 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Bks
Source: Publisher

This nonfiction picturebook brings to life Ella Fitzgerald and her not well known friendship with Marilyn Monroe whose word on her behalf led Ella to land a gig in one of the racist establishments in town. Obviously the world at that point was more racist at that time and no matter how well you sung, if you were a certain, you wouldn’t gain admission in a joint that prided itself on whatever.

Anyway, the book contains a bite-sized history lesson about Ella and Marilyn and will serve to whet the appetite of those who wish to know more about them. I liked that the creator of this picturebook included some details at the end with pictures of both artists.

Ella, Queen of Jazz will be fantastic in a classroom.

The Cover Wars

The Cover Wars

It’s Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and his mom aren’t celebrating. They’re still reeling from his older brother’s death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. Then Lolly’s mother’s girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled with Legos. Lolly’s always loved Legos, and he […]

TTT: Books You’d Want to Experience as Radio Plays

TTT: Books You’d Want to Experience as Radio Plays

Since this week’s Top Ten prompt from The Broke and the Bookish is “all about audio”, and we haven’t done much audiobook listening lately, I figured this would be a more suitable topic. Have at! Janet Requirements: lots of dialogue; witty dialogue; dialogue rife with misunderstandings; and a relatively limited cast of characters (so I don’t get who they are […]

The Cover Wars

The Cover Wars

A hilarious and heartwrenching story about a bullied girl whose search for a new beginning takes a dire wrong turn.    Newcomer Kammie Summers has fallen into a well during a (fake) initiation into a club whose members have no intention of letting her join. Now Kammie’s trapped in the dark, growing increasingly claustrophobic, and waiting to be […]

TTT: We Resolve To Read …

TTT: We Resolve To Read …

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started by the brilliant folks at The Broke and the Bookish. Sometimes we follow their prompts, sometimes we don’t. Today … kinda? Instead of resolutions, I thought I would get our team to list the books they resolve to read this year. Some books needs a little push, don’t […]