The covers: Dada Ade and the Good Hair Fairy cover is bright and beautiful. A blend of pastel colours, it begs to be looked at. And when you do look at it, what you immediately see is the coily hair of the two black girls on the cover. The older girl is adorned and drawn in all her kinky-haired glory. Did we mention that she’s a fairy?
The cover of Kita and the Dusty Red Road, on the other hand, is nostalgic. Some of us live in places where the only time we get to see a red road is when we travel back to our hometowns. And like Kita, there’s something joyful in seeing that plume of red dust when a red road like that is disturbed.
A lesson to be learned: Both books involve a teachable moment for young children with both girls in the stories learning that lesson in their own way thanks to help from a very special person. The messages contained in them are subtle but compelling.
Easy to read, easy to follow: If you’re on the lookout for books to get your child into reading, something for a beginner reader with vivid images and faces like theirs, both books have these and more. Dada Ade and the Good Hair Fairy reads like a poem with one line rhyming with the next. It makes for a fun book to be read aloud. Written in simple sentences, Kita and the Dusty Red road contains a climax that is sure to keep you and your child reading.
Super affordable: Both books are published in paperback and sold for ₦1500 each. However, Farafina books is selling each book for ₦1000 to celebrate their launch. This offer is limited, so why don’t you take advantage of it by getting yourself a copy of both books?
Click here for Kita and the Dusty Red Road, and here for Dada Ade and the Good Hair Fairy.
Vennessa Scholtz is a multi-award winning journalist from Cape Town, South Africa. Kita and the Dusty Red Road won the 2016 Golden Baobab Award for Picture Books. She is a full-time media liaison and a wife, mom and blogger.
Temidayo Taiwo-Sidiq is a Political Journalist, Analyst and Social Change Advocate with major interest in Nigerian Politics, Governance and Sports.