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Chicken in the Kitchen Paperback – Illustrated, 12 Oct 2015
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What a joy to experience! Nnedi Okorafor has written a gem of a picture book full of playful mystery, laughs and Nigerian magic. The story awakens readers in the night and then it takes them on a journey to arrive at another surprise by morning. Figuring out the giant chicken in the kitchen is a game readers will enjoy. --Jan Spivey Gilchrist, a Coretta Scott King Honor award-winning illustrator.
An enchanting, evocatively illustrated adventure that will capture the imaginations of young and old alike more, please! --Ambelin Kwaymullina, award-winning author of The Tribe series.
Brilliant both in concept and in execution... the latest and utterly adorable debut in the African children s literature scene --Ainehi Edoro, Brittle Paper
About the Author
Nnedi Okorafor is a multi award-winning novelist born in the US to Nigerian parents. Her adult novel Who Fears Death won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel; her YA novel Zahrah the Windseeker won the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature and her children s novel Long Juju Man won the Macmillan Writer s Prize for Africa. Nnedi is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Buffalo, New York.
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A fabulous book which offers a platform for traditional celebration in West Africa, whilst also opening eyes to the masquerade spirits celebrated within these communities. Themes of respect and courage are intertwined throughout, producing a relatable journey within a context that may be unfamiliar for some readers. Okorafor also allows for a little bit of humour through some lovely dramatic irony between the doings of a certain naughty character, which would tickle some children.
Amini’s illustrations are really intriguing. I particularly enjoyed the contrasts drawn between times of security and danger, with moments of uncertainty and fear being distinguished by blanketing the setting in shadows. This only draws the eye to the greatness and mystery of the less welcome chicken, awash with rich colours. During the time of celebration, the feeling of importance surrounding such a special time are heightened through the vibrant patterns, whilst also remaining evocative of the clothes worn within this culture. This is a warm and inviting story for any reader.
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