In Malawi, a galimoto is a toy that a child makes from wire. (A note here explains that the word may come from "motor car," reversed and transformed.) Williams, who lived in Africa for several years, tells how Kondi searches and trades for enough wire to make one, in the process giving the reader a tour of his seaside village and its activities. Then he creates a galimoto shaped like a pickup (complete with a radio antenna) that he imagines using to carry maize to the city. Stock, who visited Malawi for her research, draws the reader into the story with her evocative double-spread watercolors. Not only an authentic picture of present-day Africa, this is also an attractive portrayal of self-reliant children who know how to meet their own needs through good-humored bargaining and ingenuity, happily absorbed in imaginative play.