Tag Archives: Christian

Akuko Baibulu Nso Maka Umuntakiri/Umuaka

Title: Akuko Baibulu Nso Maka Umuntakiri/Umuaka

Author: Ezinwanne Christiana Az’fredrick Mbanu (PhD)

Publisher:  Supreme Publishers

Number of pages: 226

Type of Book: Non-fiction, Christian, Middle Grade, African.

Age: 8+

Buy it here: https://www.facebook.com/AkukoBaibulUmuaka/

Price: N3,000


This a delightful book of bible stories for children 8 years above. It has a good mix of old testament and new testament stories (from David and Esther to Saints Peter and Paul) as well as memory verses and short prayers that children can take on easily. The best part, it’s ALL IN IGBO!!  Perfect for bedtime stories, it can also be read to younger children.


UP: I’ve never seen a book like this in Igbo. There are a thousand and one English bible study books for kids but an Igbo one, this was definitely a first for me! I absolutely loved the memory verses! The text is lyrical (if you are a fan of Igbo language, you’ll love this) (I am a HUGE fan so this was a joy to read). There is a good blend of popular and not-so-popular bible stories. This is perfect for bible club teachers and parents who want to teach their little angels to love God in our mother tongue. The icing on the cake, it comes with a CD! I’ll leave you to guess what’s on it!!  

DOWN: There were a few grammatical errors and the layout wasn’t exactly visually appealing but the content more than makes up for the errors.


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  1. Play the CD.

CHALLENGE: Akuko Baibulu Nso Maka Umuntakiri/Umuaka


  1. Tell your favourite bible story using ONLY 10 pictures and 10 memory verses.  

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com.

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8+ 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 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 28th 2021.

Next Book of the Week:

ECHO by Pam Munoz Ryan

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NB: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Little Blue Cow

Title: The Little Blue Cow

Author: Thecla Ojeifo

Publisher: HTT Communications

Number of pages: 45

Type of Book: Fiction, Faith-based

Age: 0 – 8

Buy it here: Laterna Book Store, 13 Oke Awo Str, Victoria Island, Lagos or Glendora Bookshop, Ikeja City Mall, Lagos

Price: N600


Michael’s mum is an expert story teller; she makes funny faces, uses different voices for the characters and sometimes acts out the stories! Story time with Michael’s mum is fun time for Michael, his baby sister and his friends. But she’s a story teller with a difference, her stories are centered around the Bible. Even better, she has a weekly Bible club for kids. Every Saturday, she picks a verse or two from the Bible, reads it to the kids and then tells a story about the verse.

The little blue cow, the story within this story is about a cow who was different from all the other animals on the farm and the big strong kind horse that helped him. Michael’s mum tried to share the message in Matthew11:28-30. Read the book to find out what became of the little blue cow and what Michael and his friends learnt from this story.


UP: It is a faith-based book for kids! What’s not to love? It is quite easy to read and features a glossary for the more complex words. The story within the story can be read to toddlers while beginning/independent readers can read the whole book without or with minor supervision. I recommend for little boys and girls ages 5 – 8.

DOWN: There were a few typos and the story dragged a bit in the beginning. There was also a lot of telling and not showing but I’ve come to realize that this is a pervading problem in Nigerian children’s fiction. 


4 Stars


  1. Matthew 11:28-30 reads “28Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

 CHALLENGE: The Little Blue Cow


1. Read the information above, then answer the following questions (6-8 year olds)

  1. What happened every Saturday?
  2. Is there a story within a story in this book?
  3. Michael’s mum loved doing this?


2. Draw and colour a blue cow (4-5 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 4 – 8 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 Tuesday, June 28th 2015.








Amazing Adventures of Izi and Larry The Dinosaur

Title: Amazing Adventures of Izi and Larry The Dinosaur

Author: Olusegun Akande

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Number of pages: 88

Type of Book: Fiction; Christian

Age: 8+

Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Adventures-Izi-Larry-Dinosaur/dp/1492878561 or contact the author: info@iziandlarrybooks.com

Price: $15.00


Saturday is zoo day for 8-year-old Izi. She loves going to the zoo to visit the animals. One very ordinary Saturday Izi makes a new friend, Larry, a dinosaur with extraordinary powers. With his teensy head, long neck, huge body and enormous wings, Larry can travel through time. Together, every Saturday, Larry and Izi go on exciting adventures through different stories in the Bible and Izi learns several lessons about forgiveness, love, friendship and God, referred to in this book as ‘the Maker’.


UP: The book is beautifully illustrated. The illustrations will keep children turning the pages till the end. All in all, a satisfactory read.

DOWN: Sometimes, the narrator switched from a child’s perspective to that of an adult: ‘His voice sounds like that of a distinguished and wise old man with a British accent’, other times, he sounded way too old for an 8-year-old ‘Izi ponders this for a while in the peaceful surroundings of the Garden’. The dialogue was protracted in some parts and there was a lot of ‘telling’ and not enough ‘showing’; but for the illustrations, a lot would be left to the reader’s imagination. There was no real conflict in the story, no problem that required solving. In so many ways it was didactic, a series of lessons.


3.5 Stars 


  1. Who/What was Larry? A flying dinosaur.
  2. What was Larry’s special power? He could travel back and forth through time!
  3. This person roared, a roar so loud and scary that Izi almost fell off Larry’s back. Goliath, the giant.
  4. ‘A tall green creature with a big round tummy, a long neck and a teensy little head.’ What was Izi describing? Larry
  5. Why did Larry and Izi travel back and forth through time and how did they do it? They travelled through time so that Larry could teach Izi about God, the Maker using some stories in the Bible. Larry blew a bubble in the air, creating a transparent wall, then he made a plus sign in the wall and they flew right through it into the stories in the bible.
  6. What was Larry’s only rule during their adventures? ‘Try not to touch anything’

Read an excerpt of the book here:


Visit Izi and Larry here: http://www.iziandlarrybooks.com

Next Book of the Week:

MOBY DICK by Herman Melville