Welcome to Zanzibar Road
By Niki Daly
(Clarion Books, Library Binding, 9780618649266, 40pp.)
Publication Date: June 2006
Categories: Animals - Elephants
On a hot day in Africa, the neighborhood of Zanzibar Road is bustling! There’s always someone ready to share a funny story, lend a helping hand, or celebrate a big day. As soon as Mama Jumbo walks down this special street, she knows she’s found the perfect place to settle down. And with her kind heart and big imagination, she’s sure to fit right in with her neighbors. There’s Baba Jive, who likes to play his sax; Bro Vusi and his bookmobile; Louie-Louie, who sells sweets in his shop; mischievous Juju; friendly Kwela and Buti; and lovable Little Chico. You’ll get to meet all of these delightful characters in five short, funny, and sweet stories, just right for reading alone or sharing with a neighbor of your own.
Niki Daly is the award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children. He lives in Kleinmond, a small seaside town in Western Cape, South Africa, and often finds inspiration for his stories in African peoples and cultures.
"South African culture flows joyfully in this vibrant tale that's sure to be a hit." School Library Journal
"[The] animals are kind, full of music, and perfectly satisfied with their unhurried lives...they make fine role models." Booklist, ALA
"Wonderful endpapers introduce each of the story's characters and bring the...exuberance of the interior illustrations to the reader." Kirkus Reviews
"Watercolors...convey the characters' feelings and the contemporary African setting with equal verve in this warm, lively episodic book." Horn Book Guide