The Matatu

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Campbell, Eva
By (author): Walters, Eric
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
  JUVENILE FICTION / General
  JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / Country Life
  JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Africa
Awards: Silver Birch Express Award nomination (2013) Short-listed
Golden Oak Award nominee (2013) Short-listed
CCBC Choices selection (2013) Short-listed
Rainforest of Reading nominee (2013) Short-listed
Aesop Accolades winner (2012) Winner
Children's Africana Book Awards Best Books for Young Children selection (2013) Commended
CCBC Best Books (2012) Commended
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Published: August 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 32
Size: 10.75in x 8.75in
Our Price:
$ 10.95
Availability:
In stock

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*Kioko has been watching the matatus come and go for as long as he can remember. On his fifth birthday, he gets the chance to climb aboard one with his grandfather. As the matatu pulls away from the market, several village dogs chase after it. Kioko wonders why the dogs always bark and chase after matatus. When he asks his grandfather about it, his grandfather tells Kioko an entertaining tale about a dog, a goat and a sheep. Set in East Africa and inspired by a Kamba folktale, The Matatu is a colorful story filled with unexpected twists and turns.
From The Publisher*In this picture book, Kioko's grandfather explains why dogs chase after matatus by telling him an African folktale.
From The Publisher*Come along for an African bus ride with a dog, a goat and a sheep!
From The Publisher*Kioko has been watching the matatus come and go for as long as he can remember. On his fifth birthday, he gets the chance to climb aboard one with his grandfather. As the matatu pulls away from the market, several village dogs chase after it. Kioko wonders why the dogs always bark and chase after matatus. When he asks his grandfather about it, his grandfather tells Kioko an entertaining tale about a dog, a goat and a sheep. Set in East Africa and inspired by a Kamba folktale, The Matatu is a colourful story filled with unexpected twists and turns.
Review Quote*"Oil paintings provide realistic details of contemporary rural Kenya but include a few spreads in which the animals humorously take on anthropomorphic characteristics. The author's note, drawing upon his Kenyan experiences, will amuse adults...The love and respect shown between Kioko and his grandfather is both universal and sweetly evident."
Review Quote*"Campbell fills her oil paintings with bright colors and commotion, portraying her animals with trickster-like characteristics. Walters offers tender insight into a grandfather and grandson relationship, while depicting a unique cultural experience."
Review Quote*"With a wry mix of realism and folklore, Walters draws on his work in rural Kenya to tell the story of Kioko...Campbell's bright, mischievous watercolors show the passengers on the crowded seats with the conductor picking his way down the aisle collecting fares, along with close-up images of Kioko as he listens to his beloved grandpa tell a story while they drive through dusty roads past huts, houses, and market stalls. Along with the vivid setting, there is a playful story based on a Kamba folktale...The bond between Kioko and his grandpa will grab kids, and so will the sly twist when the boy tries to fix things and change the old folktale."