Planet Picture Book

Archive - July 2017

Samoa

I knew very little about Samoa before I started on this picture book journey, and even less about the picture books I might find there. This small island nation is situated in the South Pacific about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand. It...

Mina and the Birthday Dress

Mina goes shopping with her mother to buy a special outfit for her birthday. The problem is none of the dresses are quite right. Will she find something she loves for her party the next day? The storyline for Mina and the Birthday Dress couldn’t be...

Chicken in the Kitchen

A noise wakes Anyaugo and she heads to the kitchen to investigate. It’s a huge chicken about to spoil the food for the New Yam festival! Will she be able to stop it, or will she need to ask her friend the Wood Wit for help? This colourful and...

Mayowa and the Masquerades

Mayowa doesn’t want to visit his grandmother, but then he discovers the great outdoors has much to offer, especially with a new friend to show him around. Plus, it’s masquerade season! Mayowa starts this story in a sulk. He wants to play computer...

Nigeria

Publishing books in Nigeria has its challenges. There is no centralised distribution network for books, finding a reliable printer can be problematic, piracy is rife, and corruption is common as industry professionals compete to ensure their books...

Petit, The Monster

Is Petit good or is he bad? He is good when he plays with his dog but bad when he pulls girls’ hair. He can be very nice to his grandfather but very mean to pigeons. It’s a dilemma the young boy tries to figure out throughout this picture book. The...

What There Is Before There Is Anything There

Every night when a little boy goes to bed, his parents wish him good night and turn out the light. Then a little creature floats down from a black hole where the ceiling once was, followed by many more. This is a story of the terrors that lurk in...

Stephen and the Beetle

Stephen and the Beetle is a simple story with hidden depths. A young boy spots a beetle in his garden. He raises his shoe in the air as if to kill it, then a sudden thought stops him. The beetle then approaches the young boy. It looks like it is...