Mary Jo Amani, author
Mary Jo Amani writes poetry and children's books. She is founder of Librospara Ninos/Books for Kids Africa, a non-profit organization that promotes the joy of reading in Nicaragua and Mozambique.
Lehla Eldridge, illustrator
Lehla Eldridge wrote and illustrated The South African Illustrated Cookbook and The Lovely Book for Wonderful Women.
Read more about Mary Jo & Lehla.
- Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year
Curious animals continually disrupt a young African girl's attempts to read.
But who would try to read while sitting in a crocodile's mouth or lying on a rhino's back? And what if a dung beetle wants to join you? This series of silly situations is sure to appeal to those who enjoy the absurd. Sprayed by an elephant and squeezed by a snake, the girl never gets all the way through her book--the very same one that is in readers' hands. The patterned text and repetition of the title line make this both an engaging read-aloud and a good choice for an early reader. Eldridge's double-page illustrations appear to have been computer generated using a variety of styles-line drawings, collage and watercolor texture-and savannah colors. Though rough, they are realistic enough to allow for animal identification. ...A crowd-pleasing celebration of reading...
Ever try to read with an African ibis clawing your hair? Take a romp through the improbable obstacles that might keep a girl from reading. Despite a jungle full of challenges, this book's cute conclusion is sure to tickle your readers. Just for fun, challenge your students to pretend they're in the Arctic or on a mountaintop and have them come up with their own hilarious hurdles to reading.
Page count: 32
8 x 9 3/4