Books by Atinuke

B IS FOR BABY by Atinuke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2019

"Atinuke has bottled the delightful energy of the Anna Hibiscus books and poured it into this treat for younger readers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A circular tale of family love with visual rewards for sharp-eyed listeners. Read full book review >
BABY GOES TO MARKET by Atinuke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Indeed, no one will be able to resist this baby. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Baby is so charming that various vendors in this West African market gift him all sorts of yummies. Read full book review >
YOU'RE AMAZING, ANNA HIBISCUS by Atinuke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Be prepared. Readers say farewell to Anna Hibiscus as tears 'drop off the corners of her smile.' (Fiction. 5-9) "
The importance of family during difficult times permeates the final book in the Anna Hibiscus series. Read full book review >
LOVE FROM ANNA HIBISCUS by Atinuke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"An empathetic look at hard problems, beautifully modulated for chapter-book readers. (Fiction. 5-9)"
In typical gentle style, the seventh book in the Anna Hibiscus series provides a glimpse into the problems of an inequitable system. Read full book review >
WELCOME HOME, ANNA HIBISCUS by Atinuke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"More Anna Hibiscus stories are certainly most welcome! (Fiction. 5-9)"
As the title indicates, Anna Hibiscus returns home to Africa from her visit with her Canadian family. Read full book review >
GO WELL, ANNA HIBISCUS by Atinuke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Readers will be thrilled to discover the next book in the series is already available. (Fiction. 5-9)"
This sixth installment of the Anna Hibiscus series finds Anna leaving the big white house in the city where she lives with her extended family to experience life in Grandfather's rural village. Read full book review >
DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR ANNA HIBISCUS! by Atinuke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A double pleasure for old friends and new readers alike. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When twins arrive, Anna Hibiscus finds it hard to share her extended family. Read full book review >
SPLASH, ANNA HIBISCUS! by Atinuke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"North American readers and listeners are likely to catch Anna's enthusiasm just as quickly. (Picture book. 3-7)"
On a family trip to the beach, Anna Hibiscus convinces her extended family to join her, splashing and laughing in the waves. Read full book review >
THE NO. 1 CAR SPOTTER AND THE FIREBIRD by Atinuke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A delightful immersion in an unfamiliar world for early chapter-book readers. (Fiction. 7-11)"
In four connected short stories set in a tiny African village, No. 1 fulfills his dream of seeing a Pontiac Firebird up close and meeting its professor owner. Read full book review >
THE NO. 1 CAR SPOTTER by Atinuke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"First published in England in 2010, this promises another engaging chapter-book series, a treat for lively middle-grade boys. (Fiction. 7-11) "
Oluwalase Babatunde Benson, otherwise known as No. 1, is not only the best car-spotter in his African village, his electric ideas improve village life. Read full book review >
ANNA HIBISCUS' SONG by Atinuke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

In amazing Africa, Anna Hibiscus discovers her own special way to show her happiness after trying out what other family members do. Read full book review >
GOOD LUCK, ANNA HIBISCUS! by Atinuke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

The amazing African world introduced in the first two Anna Hibiscus books has turned from lush to dry and dusty. It's harmattan season, when the wind blows sand from the Sahara Desert, nearly Christmas time. Soon Anna Hibiscus will travel all the way to Canada to visit her other grandmother and see snow. Four linked stories describe incidents from daily life: careful dry-season bathing with buckets, family nap time, shopping for cold-weather clothes in a modern department store and a more satisfying traditional stall and the week Anna's family seems to have forgotten her—until they produce their going-away surprises. As in other titles in the series, these gentle stories are illustrated on nearly every page with Tobia's gray-scale sketches. Accurate cultural details will appeal to readers curious about life in an unfamiliar world. This suburban family compound in a generic sub-Saharan country reflects the author's own Nigerian childhood. The third-person narration moves briskly, with plenty of dialogue. Novice readers may find unfamiliar dialect challenging: "In dis your compound you throw water for ground," a peddler selling fruit outside the family home complains, pointing out that while Anna's family uses leftover wash water to water the plants, city children have no water at all. Once again, Anna demonstrates a growing social consciousness. Readers may begin Anna's story here; they will certainly want to go back to read earlier stories and will look forward to learning what happens next. (Fiction. 5-9)Read full book review >
HAVE FUN, ANNA HIBISCUS! by Atinuke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

Raised in a suburban compound among an extended African family, Anna Hibiscus travels to Canada to visit her other grandmother and see snow. These four connected stories describe her departure, her first joyful experience of snow, making friends and celebrating Christmas with her grandmother. Through Anna's eyes, cultural differences become clear. She wakes alone for the first time in her life. She misses familiar spicy foods but enjoys chocolate cereal. She struggles to put on tights and warm clothes. She fears her grandmother's dog. At home, dogs live outside and might bite, but in Canada, Quimmiq rescues her from a snowdrift. In this thoroughly modern world, Anna calls her family on the phone, takes pictures of everything, and even packs a cooler full of snow to take home to her baby brothers. This fourth in the series adds an extra dimension to the cultural richness of these titles by making the contrast between worlds explicit. Christmas is both familiar and new, with different foods, old and new carols and one splendidly decorated tree instead of lights everywhere. The Nigerian-born author has drawn on her own childhood travel to make this experience real for young readers today. On every spread, Tobia's sketches, black and white with gray fill, add interest and appeal. A welcome addition to the sparse collection of stories for young readers about modern African life. (Fiction. 5-9)Read full book review >
ANNA HIBISCUS by Atinuke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

Linked short stories star Anna Hibiscus, who lives in a large house in a compound in "amazing Africa" with baby brothers Double and Trouble, parents and extended family. The first title in this appealing new series introduces Anna's world. The family goes on vacation, an auntie visits from America, Anna learns what it is to do hard work and she gets an invitation to visit her Canadian grandmother. Her world grows in Hooray for Anna Hibiscus! (978-1-935279-74-7): She starts school, sings before a large audience, tries a hair experiment and visits a very poor neighborhood. These stories celebrate the extended family and the combination of traditional ways with conveniences of the modern world; they contrast Anna's relatively privileged life with that of others in her country and reflect the Nigerian childhood of the author, a storyteller now living in Wales. Tobia's sketches, pen-and-ink with a gray wash, will help early readers visualize the family, unfamiliar customs and clothing and Anna's community. A third title has already been published in England. A welcome window into an unfamiliar world. (Fiction. 5-9)Read full book review >