Discover the exhilarating diversity of the African continent in storyteller Atinuke’s kaleidoscopic nonfiction guide to the people, flora, and fauna of all fifty-five countries.
A Nigerian storyteller explores the continent of Africa country by country: its geography, peoples, animals, history, resources, and cultural diversity. The book is divided into five distinct sections—South, East, West, Central, and North—and each country is showcased on its own bright, energetic page brimming with friendly facts on science, industry, food, sports, music, wildlife, landscape features, even snippets of local languages. The richest king, the tallest sand dunes, and the planet’s largest waterfall all make appearances along with drummers, cocoa growers, inventors, balancing stones, salt lakes, high-tech cities, and nomads who use GPS! Atinuke’s lively and comprehensive introduction to all fifty-five African countries—a celebration scaled to dazzle and delight even very young readers—evokes the continent’s unique blend of modern and traditional. Complete with colorful maps, an index, and richly patterned and textured illustrations by debut children’s book artist Mouni Feddag, Africa, Amazing Africa is both a beautiful gift book and an essential classroom and social studies resource.
About the Author
Atinuke is the Nigerian-born author of many books for children, including the Anna Hibiscus and No. 1 Car Spotter series. She started her career as an oral storyteller of tales from the African continent. Now she draws on her recent Yoruba ancestry to write about contemporary life in Nigeria. She currently lives in Wales.
Mouni Feddag is a British-Algerian illustrator and designer whose clients have included Anthropologie; O, The Oprah Magazine; and Real Simple. Africa, Amazing Africa is her first book for children. She lives in Nottingham, England.
The text is lively and engaging, concisely conveying the astounding richness of history and culture that make the continent of Africa so exciting to explore. . . Atinuke can make a nonfiction book every bit as fun to follow as a storybook. Readers will leave this volume full of new, amazing views and eager to discover more. . . This loving tribute is absolutely dazzling.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
A cheerful, browsable overview of Africa’s 55 countries. . . Atinuke’s first foray into nonfiction admirably presents an accessible and engaging narrative with its nuanced treatment of a continent too often depicted in relation to its extremes.
—School Library Journal
Nigerian storyteller Atinuke (Too Small Tola, 2020) presents the beautiful diversity and contrasts of a continent of more than a billion people in her first nonfiction work. . . attractive and informative.
Written in an accessible, conversational style which will appear to readers whose knowledge of the continent and its countries may vary. . . this title will provide readers much enlightenment about the African continent.
—School Library Connection
There are fascinating pieces of information about each country, accompanied by charming illustrations.