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It’s Disgusting and We ate it!

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Title: It’s Disgusting and We ate it!

Author: James Solheim

Publisher: Aladdin

Number of pages: 48

Type of Book: Non- Fiction

Age: 6-12

Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Disgusting-Facts-Around-Throughout-History/dp/0689843933

Price: $9.99

MY SUMMARY

What would you rather eat for lunch? A steaming piece of pizza, a bowl of bugs, a live oyster or a fish’s head? You might be surprised to learn that many people in the world will not answer ‘PIZZA”.

This book features the silliest, strangest, sickest meals the world has ever known from frog legs in China, to roasted giant spiders, raw long white earthworms dug from rotten logs in Australia, raw fish, raw squid and seaweed sushi in Japan to minced rattle snake meat made in the US. Divided into three parts, it looks at exotic foods around the world today (like earthworm soup eaten by the Chinese); exotic dishes in history (rat stew eaten by sailors) and a rather scary behind the scenes look at the contents of the food items in our fridge today! (Like the bacteria and fungi that make up cheese and mushrooms).

I distinctly remember eating roasted crickets (abuzu) and fried termites (aku) as a child. While I thought they were delicious, the average American kid would probably throw up while watching me eat them, esp. during the rather noisy sucking of the delicious, soft, white, juicy liquid in the aku’s stomach.

The ‘delicacies’ in this book give a whole new meaning to the line “One man’s meat is another man’s poison”!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Everything!! It’s a well-researched, beautifully illustrated book that entertains while educating. It has lots of facts delivered in the most interesting way possible!

For example, did you know that roasted giant spiders are a greater source of protein than beef? One ton of beef has 394 pounds of protein whereas one ton of spiders has 1268 pounds of protein! Did you also know that the world’s costliest spice comes from flowers? A pound of this spice, Saffron, used to make rice, etc., costs up to $4,000 (Over N1m!)

The dishes made of reptiles like snakes, insects like termites, crickets and grasshoppers and other animals like fishes, spiders, earthworms, even flowers will keep you either horrifically horrified or smacking your lips!

The book also features a bibliography at the end for kids who want to do some more digging on true food facts around the world! A must have in any curious mind’s library!

DOWN: None

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. What is cheese? Milk curdled by bacteria.
  2. The world’s costliest spice is made from? Saffron
  3. One of the world’s most edible fungi? Mushrooms!
  4. Process of milk production? Cows chew grass and weed, swallow them into the first two stomachs, burp the grass up, chew more grass, mush them all up and send the mush up through the last two stomachs. Then the milk comes out through the udder, a giant sweat gland! Anyone for a glass of fresh milk?
  5. Some delicacies eaten in Africa mentioned in the book? Fried termites, roasted crickets and grasshoppers.
  6. What is sushi? A Japanese rice dish made up of raw fish, raw squid, seaweeds and rice.

For some truly disgusting recipes from around the world: http://www.jamessolheim.com/worlds-weirdest-recipes.html#.VoKIkbT6La4

CHALLENGE: It’s Disgusting and We ate it!

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. List 2 truly disgusting animals/insects/plants eaten in the Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern Parts of Nigeria? (6-8 year olds)

OR

  1. Write a recipe for the most disgusting meal you have ever eaten. Include a picture of the meal. (9-12 year olds)

OR

  1. Write a poem on ‘One man’s meat is another man’s poison’. (9-12 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 6-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.  

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Sunday, January 2nd 2016

Next Book of the Week:

DIDI KANU AND THE SINGING DWARVES OF THE NORTH by Jude Idada

 

 

 

Ellie and the Cat

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Title:  Ellie and the Cat

Author: Malorie Blackman

Publisher: Cassava Republic Press              

 Number of pages: 93          

 Type of Book: Fiction

 Age: 6-8

Available here: http://www.cassavarepublic.biz/products/ellie-and-the-cathttp://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1843623919/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447670493&sr=1-1&keywords=ellie+and+the+cat

 Price: N400; GBP 5.99

MY SUMMARY (without the ending):

Ellie is a very spoilt and very mouthy kid. She calls her grandma ‘dumpy and frumpy’ to her face, complains about EVERYTHING and throws her dinner, which she calls smelly, stinky and rotten, under the table. But she’s really just a lonely child who has no friends. When Grandma decides to teach Ellie a lesson by switching her with Jolly the cat, Ellie learns to be less mouthy and make new friends. But will she find Grandma’s ring before the time limit or remain a cat forever?

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Humour! The book made me laugh. I especially loved the names of the mouse and spider, Grimbledon Scunacrunch and Vinegar Blunderthud respectively. It also teaches some moral lessons without being didactic.

DOWN: None

RATING

3.5 stars

TRIVIA

  1. How many magic tricks did Ellie’s Grandma perform: 1. She switched Ellie and Jolly the cat. 2. She made Ellie’s dinner appear on her plate after Ellie had thrown it under the table.
  2. Was Jolly a good cat or a bad cat? Bad cat
  3. Did Jolly want to change back into a cat so he could chase and eat all the mice or did he want to remain a girl? He wanted to be a girl.
  4. The first two friends Ellie made. Grimbledon Scunacrunch, the mouse and Vinegar Blunderthud, the spider.
  5. How much time did Ellie have to find Grandma’s wedding ring before she had to remain a cat forever? Until dinner time the next day.
  6. The ‘best silk tapestries’ made by Vinegar Blunderthud were really —– Cobwebs

Next Book of the Week (01/June/2015 – 07/June/2015):

(HERE’S HANK series) BOOKMARKS ARE PEOPLE TOO! BOOK 1 by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

 

Half Hour Hauwa

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CHAPTER ONE

THE PROBLEM

Hauwa Habeeb had a big fat problem and if she didn’t fix in 30 minutes, she would be in big fat trouble.

The problem lay at her feet, and she stared at it as if if she stared long enough, it would fix itself. There were five small pieces and one big pot-shaped piece of what used to be the beautiful vase that her daddy bought just yesterday. It was a huge flower vase, almost as tall as she was and she was tall for her age: 3 feet 6 inches at 8 years and 1 month. It was also very colourful, with lots of beautiful flowers painted on it: red roses, pink hibiscuses, orange lilies, yellow sunflowers, etc.

The vase was the only beautiful thing in the Habeeb parlour. Mr. Habeeb was a lecturer and Mrs. Habeeb was a stay-at-home mum so the Habeebs were not very rich. There were only three ugly furry armchairs, one wooden table, one old television that looked like a shoe box, one wooden grandfather clock with termite bites all over it, one old standing fan that sounded like a generator, and three ugly, heavy, towel-like curtains, in the Habeeb parlour and they were all either black or grey in colour. It was a rather dull parlour. The flowers on the vase made the parlour look nice and colourful yesterday.

Those beautiful flowers lay in broken pieces at Hauwa’s feet now and she could see her daddy’s angry face in them as clearly as if he were standing in front of her. She imagined all the things he would do to her. Maybe he would shout at her? No, not maybe, he would definitely shout. Ummm, maybe he would also flog her? No, not maybe, he would definitely flog her. Then mummy would flog her too because she had told her like 500 times to stop playing in the parlour. Maybe they would also take her story books, or make her eat beans or garri every day or make her do more house work or oh no!! Stop her from watching TV. No cartoons! Hauwa wilted. Her chin dropped and tears welled up in her eyes. Flogging and no cartoons! Horrible! The end of the world!

“Baaaaang!!!!! Baaaaang!!!!! Baaaaang!!!!! Baaaaang!!!!! Baaaaang!!!!!” screamed the grandfather clock and Hauwa’s head pooped up to look at it, her eyes as wide as the saucers mummy used to serve tea when they had special guests.

“O! Oo!! It’s 5 o’clock!! Daddy will be back in 30 minutes! O! Oooooo!!”

Mr. Habeeb liked to come home to relax in his favourite furry armchair in the parlour every evening. He drove into the compound at 5:30 on the dot every day and parked his black Volkswagen beetle under the mango tree outside. Then he walked into the house and straight to the parlour to read the newspaper, watch TV and drink beer. In 30 minutes, she would hear the tutututu tutututu sound of his beetle as it parked and then the tip tap of his shoes as he dusted them on the mat outside the door to keep the sand from getting into the house. She scratched her head and looked around the parlour for ideas.

“What to do? What to do?” she looked at the broken pieces again and smiled hard “Maybe I can stick them together with glue!!!!” She dashed to her room like Mr. Festu, the most wicked teacher in the world, was chasing her with his scary cane made of guava stick. Her art box was under her bed.

Grabbing the tube of glue from the box, she ran back to the parlour, locking the door quietly behind her. She didn’t want anyone to come in even though mummy had gone to the market with Grace, the help and Yewande, her 16-year-old sister was probably in her room, talking on the phone, as usual. She picked up two pieces of broken glass, one in each hand, poured a lot of glue over them and pressed them firmly together, and then she counted.

“1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10”

On the count of 10, she pulled her hands away from each other and ….

… to be continued

Welcome Home, Anna Hibiscus

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Author: Atinuke 

Publisher: Walker Books

Number of pages: 111 

Type of Book: Fiction

Age: 6-8

Available here: http://www.konga.com/welcome-home-anna-hibiscus; Terrakulture, Victoria Island, Lagos; http://www.amazon.co.uk/Welcome-Hibiscus-Walker-Racing-Reads/dp/1406320811/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447671263&sr=1-1&keywords=welcome+home+anna

Price: N1,100; GBP 3.99

MY SUMMARY Anna Hibiscus is a little girl who lives with her mum, dad, aunties, uncles and cousins in a big white house in an African Country (that is not mentioned in the book). Follow Anna’s adventures as she carries an egg around until it hatches into a chicken and becomes her ‘son’, visits her friend Tiger Lily in the city and attempts to be a ‘mother’ to a spirited and naughty chicken who gets Anna and itself into a lot of scrapes throughout the book.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Humour! I laughed a lot at the trouble that Snow White, the chicken, got Anna into. I also loved the image of communal life in the outskirts of the city painted by the writer. The pictures (almost one very page) make this a fun and easy read.

DOWN: It propagates the idea that Africa is a country. Words like ‘Africanly’, ‘traditional African courtesy’, ‘a good traditional African girl’, etc., almost made this book an unpleasant read for me.

RATING 3 stars

TRIVIA

  1. Anna’s friend from Canada: Tiger Lily.
  2. Who had the name of a fairy tale princess: Anna’s chicken: Snow White
  3. Two girls were named after flowers in the book: Anna Hibiscus and Tiger Lily
  4. What did Snow White do to Aunty Joly when Tiger Lily’s daddy came to visit? He landed on her head and flew away with her head tie
  5. Who was called Pronto? The old he-goat
  6. Tiger Lily had these in her house instead of people. Screens/Television sets

 Next Book of the Week (25/May/2015 – 01/June/2015): ELLIE AND THE CAT by Malorie Blackman

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The Golden Years of Reading

Growing up, I read anything and everything I laid my hands on.

At age 5, you would find me in my dad’s favourite armchair in our living room, reading the paper. Never mind that I was half covered by the thing and only my legs and the little hands clutching the sides of the paper would be visible. Never mind that I probably understood about twenty words per page. I just wanted to read.

At age 8, I had read everything written by Enid Blyton. At age 9, I had run out of books in my house (my poor mother simply couldn’t keep up), my friends’ houses and the school library so I moved to my mum’s wardrobe (secretly) for Mills and Boon.

At age 9.5, I wrote my first story. I wish I could say I remember the story but I don’t. I do vividly remember that I wrote with a blue pen on plain white A4 sized paper. Then I cut the paper up into little squares, bound it with yellow cardboard sheets and voila! My first book! I wrote many more ‘books’ for my classmates and by the time I graduated from primary school, I was a popular writer and I had ‘published’ at least a dozen books.

At age 12, while my classmates read integrated science books and prepared for Junior WAEC, I read my literature books, Jackie Collins and Barbara Cartland and wrote articles for my magazine.

At age 16, I stopped reading. But that’s a story for another day/blog post.

Today, I’ve decided to start a Children’s Book Review Blog for Nigerian Children.

This blog is primarily for anyone from ages 7-12. These are the golden years of reading. We are able to read alone for the first time and to choose the books we want to read. I want to help kids find and read wonderful books. To love them, live them and maybe create a few stories of their own.

Parents, teachers, siblings (older and younger), friends, not-friends and well-wishers of 7-12 year olds are also welcome. I will endeavour to find one or two things to keep you busy and smiling 🙂