cover image A Visit to Grandad: An African ABC

A Visit to Grandad: An African ABC

Sade Fadipe, illus. by Shedrach Ayalomeh. Cassava Republic, $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-911115-81-6

Readers follow Adanah on an alphabetical journey to her grandfather’s house in Modakeke, Nigeria, during a school break. In Fadipe’s abecedarian account, the girl spends treasured time doing ordinary activities that are illuminated by her grandfather’s presence. Hidden in Ayalomeh’s realistic illustrations, which alternate between landscapes and cozy home interiors, are objects that begin with the letter on that page. (Alongside “B is for bags/ packed with things I’m going to take,” readers will find a bear, binoculars, and books.) Though the verse frequently fails to scan and Adanah seems old for a traditional ABC format, the elaborate spreads show a range of affectionate moments spent in community, and readers will enjoy picking out new details upon each read. A list of the hidden objects on each page concludes an enjoyable account of a day well-spent with a grandparent. Ages 3 and up. [em](July) [/em]