DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR ANNA HIBISCUS! by Atinuke
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DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR ANNA HIBISCUS!

From the "Anna Hibiscus" series
by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

When twins arrive, Anna Hibiscus finds it hard to share her extended family.

Atinuke’s latest picture book is not so much about “Amazing Africa” as it is about adjusting to a new sibling—worse, two of them. This gentle, appealing story begins on the title page with Anna Hibiscus resting against her mother’s obviously pregnant tummy. Soon, she’s introduced to the new babies: “That big bump was brothers,” she tells her cousins. Not surprisingly, all the adults in her extended family are either suddenly busy or still sleeping. Angry and jealous, Anna hides and cries, but soon it is her turn for some attention and affection. Anna’s strong emotions will be familiar to any older sibling. Her body language is remarkably expressive in Tobia’s colorful illustrations, spots and full-page scenes that often spill across the gutter. There are fascinating details, especially in the endpaper scenes showing Anna's family’s modern African home in its urban context. There’s lots going on inside their cluster of homes, too. Readers and listeners who meet this lively child for the first time in this universal story will likely be intrigued enough by her mixed-race family and her culturally different but oh-so-similar life to go on to other Anna Hibiscus episodes, in both picture and chapter books.

A double pleasure for old friends and new readers alike. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-61067-367-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Kane/Miller
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2015




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