What would you do if you woke up one night to find the shadow of a giant chicken passing your bedroom door? Go and investigate, of course!
When Anyaugo follows a giant chicken into her kitchen one warm night in Nigeria, she embarks on a fun-filled adventure where nothing is quite as it seems. Is the nature spirit that lives in the wooden walls of her house a help or a hindrance? Is the mischievous giant chicken a friend or a foe? Most importantly, will Anyaugo be able to save the food her Aunties have cooked for the New Yam Festival the next day?
An entertaining look at the fascinating masquerade culture of West Africa, told from the perspective of a plucky young Nigerian girl who finds the courage to protect the traditions she loves.
WINNER of the Children's Africana Best Book Award 2016
"Okorafor leaps into the world of picture books in a most unforgettable way with this playful, fascinating tale"--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED
"My little boy wanted me to read it three times in a row. So yeah, I think my kids are in agreement on this: Five Stars"--Patrick Rothfuss, #1 New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
Nnedi Okorafor, PhD, is a novelist of Nigerian descent known for weaving African culture into creative, evocative settings and memorable characters. Her novels include Zahrah the Windseeker (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), The Shadow Speaker (winner of the CBS Parallax Award), and Long Juju Man (winner of the Macmillan Writer's Prize for Africa). Okorafor lives in Illinois with her daughter, Anyaugo, and family. Okorafor's recent work includes the graphic novel LaGuardia, the miniseries Antar from IDW Comics, and Wakanda Forever and the Shuri series for Marvel Comics.
Mehrdokht Amini is an Iranian-born children's book illustrator. She has been nominated for a Kate Greenaway Medal and been invited to participate in the prestigious Bratislava Biennial of Illustrations. She lives in the UK.
"Okorafor leaps into the world of picture books in a most unforgettable way with this playful, fascinating tale."--starred, Kirkus Reviews
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"A sweet and satisfying story set in Nigeria that may inspire readers to learn more about the New Yam Festival and masquerades. A recommended general purchase for all libraries."--School Library Journal
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"The big, bold, and sometimes almost three-dimensional illustrations maintain a folk-art feel while still feeling modern. . . . An unusual, but quite gregarious, offering."--Booklist
-- (8/31/2017 12:00:00 AM)
"[A] boisterous story of things that go bump in the night . . ."--Publishers Weekly
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