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Malaika’s Costume
By (author): Nadia L. Hohn By (author): Irene Luxbacher
Nadia L. Hohn , Irene Luxbacher


Groundwood Books - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Picture book, Printed dust jacket


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 7, Grade (US) P - 3
Mar 01, 2016
$18.95 CAD


9in x 10 x 0.4 in | 0.99 lb

Page Count:

32 pages


Full-color throughout
Groundwood Books Ltd
Groundwood Books
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Caribbean & Latin America
Commended TD Grade One Book Giveaway Selection, 2021 2021, Commended Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario Children's Literature Award 2016, Winner CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, starred selection 2016, Commended School Library Journal Best Picture Books 2016, Commended USBBY's Outstanding International Books List 2017, Commended OLA Best Bets Honourable Mention 2016, Commended Américas Award Honorable Mention 2017, Runner-up Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2017, Commended
  • Short Description
Malaika’s mother can’t buy her a carnival costume — will she still be able to dance in the parade?

Malaika’s mother can’t buy her a carnival costume — will she still be able to dance in the parade?

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.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

NADIA L. HOHN is an award-winning writer and educator. Her picture books include, Malaika’s Costume, Malaika’s Winter Carnival and Malaika’s Surprise; A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes; Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter, illustrated by Gustavo Mazali; and two titles in the Sankofa series — Music and Media. Nadia’s writing is inspired by her childhood memories, Jamaican heritage, Black culture, world travels, and social issues. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

IRENE LUXBACHER is an artist and author living in Toronto, Ontario, who has received many awards for her work. She has written and illustrated Deep Underwater, an Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award finalist, and Mr. Frank, which was selected as a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Her illustrations for the Malaika series by Nadia L. Hohn have been highly acclaimed, and her illustrations for The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen were shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award.

A wholly earned celebration. - Kirkus

A fun choice for libraries seeking books about creativity in general or the Caribbean in particular. - School Library Journal

Like a rainbow peacock itself, the illustrations in this book burst with a frenzy of colors and textures. - Booklist Online

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. - Horn 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. - Andrew Kaufman, Globe and Mail

Hohn employs a unique style of voice that is both figuratively and literaly lyrical. - Canadian Children's Book News

Malaika’s Costume is a highly recommended story that celebrates the different cultures of the world and the emotional journey of a young child. - CM Magazine

. . . an engaging, poignant story with exquisite taste and wonderful details. - Kinderlit

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