Chicken in the Kitchen
What would you do if you woke up one night to find the shadow of a giant chicken passing your bedroom door? Go and investigate, of course!
When Anyaugo follows a giant chicken into her kitchen one warm night in Nigeria, she embarks on a fun-filled adventure where nothing is quite as it seems. Is the nature spirit that lives in the wooden walls of her house a help or a hindrance? Is the mischievous giant chicken a friend or a foe? Most importantly, will Anyaugo be able to save the food her Aunties have cooked for the New Yam Festival the next day?
An entertaining look at the fascinating masquerade culture of West Africa, told from the perspective of a plucky young Nigerian girl who finds the courage to protect the traditions she loves.
WINNER of the Children’s Africana Best Book Award 2016
“Okorafor leaps into the world of picture books in a most unforgettable way with this playful, fascinating tale”—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED
“My little boy wanted me to read it three times in a row. So yeah, I think my kids are in agreement on this: Five Stars”—Patrick Rothfuss, #1 New York Times bestselling author
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 2|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Genre||Fiction, Picture Books|
|Category||SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning|
|Number of Pages||32|
|BISACS||JUV017000, JUV012020, JUV030010|
|Dimensions||9.75 x 9.75|
|ATOS Reading Level||3.0|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||192421|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||0.5|
|Features||Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews|
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“A sweet and satisfying story set in Nigeria that may inspire readers to learn more about the New Yam Festival and masquerades. A recommended general purchase for all libraries.”—School Library Journal
“The big, bold, and sometimes almost three-dimensional illustrations maintain a folk-art feel while still feeling modern. . . . An unusual, but quite gregarious, offering.”—Booklist
“[A] boisterous story of things that go bump in the night . . .”—Publishers Weekly
“Okorafor leaps into the world of picture books in a most unforgettable way with this playful, fascinating tale.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews
Author: Nnedi Okorafor
Nnedi Okorafor is a multi-award winning author born in the United States to Nigerian parents. Her children's books have won the Macmillan Writers' Prize for Africa and the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature.
Illustrator: Mehrdokht Amini
Mehrdokht Amini is an Iranian-born children's book illustrator. She has been nominated for a Kate Greenaway Medal and been invited to participate in the prestigious Bratislava Biennial of Illustrations. She lives in the UK.