Mayowa and The Masquerades
by Lola Shoneyin
illustrated by Francis Blake
Mayowa doesn't want to visit his Granny in Ilisan. He wants to stay at home, in Lagos, immersed in his computer games. But, when he arrives in Ilisan, Granny introduces him to his guide, the exuberant Denuyi, and promises him that the local masquerades will provide plenty of entertainment for him. And so, Mayowa is introduced to emerald grasshoppers, piglets with curly-pencil-shaving tails, yeye trees, and, finally, masquerades full of outlandish costumes, talking drums and...jiggling! A super-energetic story with bright-as-sunshine illustrations. The perfect antidote for a screen-fixated child! 'I liked this humorous story of a spirited boy who thinks he'll be bored visiting his grandmother in the country and turns out he has quite a time with his new friend and The Masquerades!' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, LL reviewer) Age 4-7, Paperback 27pp
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