Next Stop--Zanzibar Road!

Overview

Readers first met the elephant Mama Jumbo in Niki Daly's Welcome to Zanzibar Road. Here she is sporting her flippy-floppy, flappy-slippy, this-way-that-way pompom hat in five easy-to-read adventures including a bubble gum rescue and a brand-new tutti-frutti shirt for Mama Jumbo's adopted child, Little Chico the chicken. Full-color ink-and-watercolor illustrations bubble over with tiny details of the vivacious African village and Mama Jumbo's comfortable home under the pawpaw tree. A charming picture book/chapter ...

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Overview

Readers first met the elephant Mama Jumbo in Niki Daly's Welcome to Zanzibar Road. Here she is sporting her flippy-floppy, flappy-slippy, this-way-that-way pompom hat in five easy-to-read adventures including a bubble gum rescue and a brand-new tutti-frutti shirt for Mama Jumbo's adopted child, Little Chico the chicken. Full-color ink-and-watercolor illustrations bubble over with tiny details of the vivacious African village and Mama Jumbo's comfortable home under the pawpaw tree. A charming picture book/chapter book hybrid that's terrific for reading aloud.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Beneath the heat of the South African sun, Mama Jumbo the elephant takes Motiki’s Taxi into town to visit the market, where animal vendors sell food, clothing, baskets, and other items. In this sequel to Welcome to Zanzibar Road, Daly divides his story into five distinct but connected chapters, with each episode drawing readers further into the dynamics of the African town. What Mama Jumbo really wants is a mirror, which she finally obtains through bargaining; additional plot turns include a busted tire on the bus and a compliment taken literally (“You look good enough to eat in your new shirt!” an alligator tells a chicken named Little Chico). Daly creates a distinctive and memorable sense of community in his energetic, yet easygoing mixed-media spreads. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"Comfortingly familiar and intriguingly different at the same time, this trip to the market and back again will carry readers to a place filled with joie de vivre."
Kirkus

"Sure to be a hit where Welcome to Zanzibar Road (Clarion, 2006) is popular."
School Library Journal

"Daly creates a distinctive and memorable sense of community in his energetic, yet easygoing mixed-media spreads."
Publishers Weekly

"Fans of Daly's first Zanzibar road title will find more to love here."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Mama Jumbo and the other animal denizens of Zanzibar Road are back. In this busy, large-size chapter book, the elephant heads to the market, bargains for a mirror and fabric, fixes the taxi on the trip home, and makes dinner and a shirt for Little Chico. He gets compliments from neighbors about his new garment and learns that "you look good enough to eat" is simply an expression. He also makes Mama Jumbo feel better about her reflection in the mirror. All this activity is broken down into five chapters that have the text interspersed among Daly's colorful, detailed artwork. Clearly depicting the moods of the various scenes, the setting shines through in the text, illustrations, and flavor of the story. Sure to be a hit where Welcome to Zanzibar Road (Clarion, 2006) is popular.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
Kirkus Reviews
Mama Jumbo is a pachyderm inhabitant of Zanzibar Road, in an imaginary country that may or may not be South Africa. Wearing her "Flippy-floppy, flappy-slippy, this-way-that-way pompom" hat, she leaves Little Chico (her chicken child) at home with bow-tie–wearing lion Bro Vusi and goes to market in a brightly painted taxi van. She sees all her animal friends selling and buying produce, beads, mirrors, sunglasses, clothing, pottery and crafts, a mixture of traditional southern African and modern Western goods. Mama Jumbo trades for some fruit-printed cloth and a mirror so that she can place her hat just so. When the taxi's tire blows out, she fixes it with bubble gum and pumps it up with her trunk. At home, she makes a "tutti-frutti" shirt for Little Chico. The five short chapters bring back the characters from Welcome to Zanzibar Road (2006), and while there are no really dramatic moments, the very human animals are unfailingly polite, gently humorous and generous. The fun here is in the language and the details in the watercolor, pen and digital media illustrations, such as the expressive faces, the dog riding on a bicycle piled high with television sets and the mbiras (gourd thumb pianos) in the musical instruments stall. Comfortingly familiar and intriguingly different at the same time, this trip to the market and back again will carry readers to a place filled with joie de vivre. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547688527
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,431,154
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Niki Daly is the award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children. He lives in Kleinmond, a small seaside town in Western Cape, South Africa, and often finds inspiration for his stories in African peoples and cultures.

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