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.
I have read 246 books this year though that number might go up by one or two before the year is out. To some people, this number is insanely large but to me, it’s actually the fewest books i have read in 4 or 5 years. I cannot choose 10 books out of 246 so […]
Hardcover, 477 pages Published October 3rd 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers Source: Publisher The sequel to the much lauded Akata Witch increases the stakes, jams up the actions, and pushes the group dynamics to breaking points. We pick up with Sunny Nwazu and her friends a few weeks after we left them in the […]
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 […]
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 […]
Paperback, 90 pages Published September 22nd 2015 by Tor.com Source: Library For a book that is only 96 pages long, Binti manages to grip the imagination and heart more wholly and more quickly than books three or four times the length. The story is deceptively simple: a girl, tired of her family’s highhanded ways, decided […]
Janet Evidently I have read a LOT of books published in 2015 and almost none published in 2016. TBRm (to be remedied) soon, I hope! The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence. The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse. Nafiza Two things before I start this list. 1st, I’ve chosen to interpret this not […]
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started by the brilliant folks at The Broke and the Bookish. *sigh* Anyone else feel like their TBR pile is the only pile that grows? Steph Yes, my TBR pile is like an infestation of tribbles… The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This isn’t entirely true, this series has been […]
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 […]
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 […]