Africa, Amazing Africa: Country by Country by Atinuke, illustrated by Mouni Feddag

            Africa, Amazing Africa: Country by Country by Atinuke, illustrated by Mouni Feddag, Candlewick Press, c2019, 2021.  9781536205374 

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

Format:  Hardcover

What did you like about the book? “Did you know that no one can decide on the official number of African countries?”  Some countries are “unofficial” and some are struggling to become independent from other countries.  Right now Africa is comprised of at least fifty-five different countries.  Maps are plentiful and colorful with the continent divided into Southern Africa (10 countries), East Africa (14 countries), West Africa (15 countries), Central Africa (9 countries) and North Africa (7 countries).  Each of the fifty-five countries presented in this book has one page to itself so not a lot of information is given.  What is given is a tantalizing tidbit that will make one wish to search further.  Chad: Most people speak as many as five languages of the 120 languages that are spoken there!  Central African Republic is home to more than six hundred species of butterflies! Nigeria: largest population of all the countries, one in four Africans is Nigerian.  Guinea-Bissau has 88 beautiful islands off its coast, each a paradise which is also home to pygmy hippopotamuses.  The Gambia is the smallest country in Africa, no more than 30 miles across in most places. Cote d’Ivoire got its name from the huge herds of elephants with magnificent ivory tusks that used to live here.  Ironically the elephants are nearly extinct after being killed for this ivory… Separate articles include African hairstyles, African religions and Football!

An Index is provided along with a list of websites for more information.

Anything you did not like about the book?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book? Children interested in having a preview of each country in Africa will not be disappointed; though not enough information is available for a report, one might choose a country for further research based upon what is presented here.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? 960

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Well, I was riveted, so I’d say yes!

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

Date of Review:  January 24, 2022

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