JOSHUA'S MASAI MASK by Dakari Hru

JOSHUA'S MASAI MASK

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Age Range: 6 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Armed with only his kalimba, Joshua doesn't think he's going to make much of an impression in the talent show--especially after he sees the way classmates Kareem and Shamika boogie. But a generous gift from Uncle Zambezi--an African mask that grants wishes--changes his mind; after turning himself first into Kareem, then into a famous rap star, and finally into the mayor (``someone the kids would all respect''), Joshua reverts to being himself just in time to rescue the show from disaster and brings the audience to its feet. Rich's full-page acrylics place Joshua in a cleaned-up inner-city neighborhood; warm colors and occasional comic touches (a dog watches bug-eyed as Joshua switches instantly from ``Righteous Rapper'' to gray-suited official) reflect the happy tone. A sturdy picture-book debut for both author and illustrator. Brief explanatory afterword. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: April 12th, 1993
ISBN: 1-880000-02-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Lee & Low
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1993




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