CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 24 . . . . February 24, 2012
Today is a big day for Kioko: It’s his fifth birthday. And to celebrate, he’s going to ride the matatu for the very first time. On the matatu, Kioko receives an answer to the question he’s been pondering: Why do dogs always chase matatus?
Eva Campbell’s illustrations effortlessly transport the reader to Kikima, Kenya. She evokes the richness of the Kenyan people and their culture by employing vivid colours and distinctive dress. Campbell’s artistic prowess is evident in the rendering of her characters: Kioko’s face epitomizes innocence while his grandfather’s exudes wisdom.
Eric Walters’ The Matatu is both a beautiful and a light-hearted glimpse into the lives and stories of the Kenyan people. Walters expertly switches gears on the reader by turning a story of adventure into one of hilarity. However, The Matatu is not merely a folktale. Walters has also crafted a story that exemplifies the grandparent-grandchild relationship. Young readers will understand exactly why Kioko sees his grandfather as “very important.”
In Mississauga, ON, Inderjit Deogun is currently pursuing a career in publishing with a particular interest in children’s literature.
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