Malaika's Surprise

(Author) (Illustrator)

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$18.95  $17.62
Groundwood Books
Publish Date
9.1 X 10.2 X 0.4 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

NADIA L. HOHN, B.A. (Hon.), B.Ed., M.Ed., M.F.A. is an award-winning educator and author of several books for children including the Malaika series, The Antiracist Kitchen: 21 Stories (and Recipes), and A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice. Nadia is an "artivist" who works to make sure that all young people see themselves in books. Based in Toronto, Nadia teaches elementary school and writing for children courses at post-secondary institutions.
IRENE LUXBACHER est à la fois auteure, illustratrice et artiste. Elle a publié de nombreux livres d'activités artistiques et albums jeunesse dont Le jardin imaginaire de grand-papa, d'Andrew Larsen, mis en nomination pour le Prix du Gouverneur général dans la catégorie illustrations. Irene habite à Toronto où elle travaille actuellement à la création de nouveaux tableaux et albums.


[A]n intimate and culturally rich picture book.

-- "Kirkus Reviews"
[A] joyful read.-- "Huffington Post"

A warm portrayal of a loving, close-knit community.

-- "Horn Book"

[T]his picture book celebrates the expansion of a family we've grown to love.

-- "Quill & Quire"

An enjoyable, feel-good read for young children.

-- "School Library Journal"

Malaika's beautiful interracial family and new friendships make this story a powerful one.

-- "Toronto Star"

Malaika's Surprise offers a refreshing new sibling narrative ... [the] joyful, textured illustrations are busy and inviting, like the other titles in this series, and the blend of English and Caribbean patois makes Malaika's voice sing.

-- "Canadian Children's Book News"

Much of our lives, like Malaika's, involves change and a newness of circumstances. But what Malaika's Surprise demonstrates is that, though newness and change can be stressful because of the anticipation of the unknown, the reality is often not as bad as expected, especially with the knowledge that others care.

-- "CanLit for LittleCanadians"

Mailaka's Surprise celebrates culture, friendship and family in a captivating, warm way.

-- "CM Review of Materials"

Written in a combination of standard English and Caribbean patois, Hohn's work celebrates family values and acceptance of cultural diversity. Bright and lively illustrations by Irene Luxbacher add to the book's attraction.

-- "Winnipeg Free Press"

Hohn's mastery of the craft command[s] a standing ovation.

-- "Cloud Lake Literary"