Academic journal article Language Arts

Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus!

Academic journal article Language Arts

Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus!

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Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus! Written by Atinuke Illustrated by Lauren Tobia Kane Miller, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-1- 61067- 367- 9

Adding to a series of seven early chapter books and two picturebooks about Anna Hibiscus's wonderful life in "amazing Africa," Nigerian storyteller Atinuke and English illustrator Lauren Tobia have teamed up for a tenth success. In this picturebook, Anna, initially excited about new twin brothers, develops doubts after her cousins warn that "Two boys!" means "Big Trouble!"

As Anna seeks reassurance, her concern deepens. Desiring her morning mother-daughter cuddle, she is halted by Papa because Anna's mother needs rest. The twins have worn her out. Then, there is no ogi (a Nigerian fermented cereal) ready for Anna. Uncle Bizi is busy making food for her mother. Her usual breakfast companion-her Grandmother-is sleeping after a long night as midwife. Even her aunties are busy rocking the twins.

Tobia's expressive illustrations show Anna moving through perplexity, sadness, worry, irritation, and finally outright anger as she fears she is no longer valued. …

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