PRETTY SALMA by Niki Daly

PRETTY SALMA

A Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa
by & illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The South African writer/illustrator branches out to create an unusual version of the popular rural European cautionary tale set in contemporary urban Ghana. When Pretty Salma strays into the “wild side of town,” Mr. Dog fools the innocent, trusting girl into giving him her basket, her sandals, her ntama (a wrap-around skirt), her scarf, her necklace and even her song. He uses his disguise to take over Pretty Salma’s place in Grandmother’s home (a role reversal), but Salma wises up in a hurry and thinks up a plan to foil his attempt to eat “granny soup.” With her storytelling grandfather acting as Anansi, the well-known spider trickster of West Africa, her young friend playing the clapping sticks and Salma herself masked as Ka Ka Motobi the Bogeyman, the band of traditional characters rescues Granny from the clutches of the wily cur. The watercolor and computer-generated illustrations abound in funny details, but some may find the large, white eyeballs shared by Granny and Mr. Dog to be somewhat stereotypical. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)

Pub Date: April 16th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-618-72345-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Clarion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2007




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