The Adventures of Qai Qai
From superstar athlete, record breaker, entrepreneur, philanthropist (and mama) Serena Williams, comes a magical picture book in which a little girl learns to believe in herself with the help of her doll and best friend, Qai Qai."Don't be scared, Best Friend! I'm right here with you, always!" "But what if I'm not good enough?" "Girl!" Qai Qai answered. "You're already good enough when you walk in the door! Come on, let me show you." Baby Girl has a dance recital coming up, and she can't help but worry. She's practiced and practiced, but what if something goes wrong? What if she forgets the steps or freezes up during her solo? Luckily, her best friend Qai Qai the doll has her back! When Qai Qai comes to life, they go on a magical journey that shows Baby Girl that she's ready for the stage. The Adventures of Qai Qai, a heartwarming picture book from beloved athlete Serena Williams, shows readers the power of believing--in your best friend and in yourself.
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About the Author
Serena Williams exemplifies courage, beauty, power, and style, overcoming insurmountable odds to win a staggering 23 career Grand Slams. Her remarkable tennis achievements, combined with her off-court success in business, philanthropy and fashion, make her one of the most recognizable icons in the world and a powerful voice for women. In 2020, Williams founded Serena Ventures, which focuses on investing in companies that embrace diverse leadership, individual empowerment, creativity, and opportunity. As a mother and advocate for the power of imagination and representation, she created the Qai Qai doll for her daughter. The Adventures of Qai Qai is Serena's first book for children and shows all readers that good things can come, if you believe hard enough.Yesenia Moises is an Afro-Latina illustrator and designer with a specialty in product design. Her work proudly portrays people of diverse backgrounds playing leading roles in fantasy adventures that are brimming with color. She is the illustrator of Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your Color and the author-illustrator of Stella's Stellar Hair
Williams' celebrity and Qai Qai's following will attract readers to this lively, encouraging tale of self-belief and friendship.. . .the vivid, fluid digital art effectively brings to life a story infused with magic and movement. An upbeat, energetic reminder that all children need support to help them learn to believe in themselves. --Kirkus. . .the positive message will resonate with many, and the frilly outfits in neon pink and lavender will win others. --School Library Journal
Tennis star Williams shows that her talents aren't limited to the court in this uplifting story of girlhood, family love, and magic. Filled with richly colored illustrations that see a preponderance of velvety purples and pinks, this book will particularly catch the eye of dancers and the Fancy Nancy set. --Booklist Moises's bright digital cartoon art, dominated by shades of purple, pink, and blue, aptly reflects the book's element of fantasy laced with optimism. --Publishers Weekly