It’s Carnival time. The first Carnival since Malaika’s mother moved to Canada to find a good job and provide for Malaika and her grandmother. Her mother promised she would send money for a costume, but when the money doesn’t arrive, will Malaika still be able to dance in the parade?
Disappointed and upset at her grandmother’s hand-me-down costume, Malaika leaves the house, running into Ms. Chin, the tailor, who offers Malaika a bag of scrap fabric. With her grandmother’s help, Malaika creates a patchwork rainbow peacock costume, and dances proudly in the parade.
A heartwarming story about family, community and the celebration of Carnival, Nadia Hohn’s warm and colloquial language and Irene Luxbacher’s vibrant collage-style illustrations make this a strikingly original picture book.
This is actually a realistic portrait of the consequences of global immigration and economics. But it’s also the story of how much little girls love their moms. Beautiful.
Like a rainbow peacock itself, the illustrations in this book burst with a frenzy of colors and textures.
A fun choice for libraries seeking books about creativity in general or the Caribbean in particular.
The text is told in the colloquial voice of the little girl, and readers will quickly and easily feel a part of her circle. Carnival is an important holiday in many cultures, and it's good to have a picture book to celebrate it.
A wholly earned celebration.
Malaika’s Costume is a highly recommended story that celebrates the different cultures of the world and the emotional journey of a young child.
. . . an engaging, poignant story with exquisite taste and wonderful details.
Hohn employs a unique style of voice that is both figuratively and literaly lyrical.