Chicken in the Kitchen – Nnedi Okorafor, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini


    Chicken in the Kitchen – Nnedi Okorafor, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini, Lantana Publishing, (9780993225307), 2015

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? Anyaugo is woken by a noise in the night and in the kitchen she finds a giant chicken! She does not know what to do. She is very worried the chicken will eat the dishes her mother has prepared for the New Yam Festival the next day which celebrated the beginning of harvest season. Being rather frightened of the big chicken, Anyaugo looks for the Wood Wit, a Nature spirit, to help her. The cutest little cat accompanies Anyaugo. The illustrations depicting this small slice of Nigerian life are very colorful perfectly depicting the little Nigerian girl, the little grey cat, the Wood Wit and the giant chicken. An enchanting little story.

Anything you did not like about this book? Not a thing!

To whom would you recommend this book? The story could ideally be included for a storytime on African cultures but stands on its own in just being fun and enjoyable.

Who should buy this book? Public and lower elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, you should!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 7/6/2017

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