Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus!

Written by Atinuke

Illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Part of the Anna Hibiscus Series

Early Years Key Stage 1

LoveReading View on Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus!

A thoroughly modern African family is beautifully brought to life in this lovely tale of new baby induced anxiety.

Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus is double the fun for readers! Anna’s mum has just given birth to twins and Anna is going to have to share her family with her baby brothers. She immediately starts thinking of them as Double and Trouble, but needn’t worry: her grandma, uncles, aunties and cousins still have time for Anna, and her mother is never too busy for a cuddle. Perfect for big brothers or sisters, this is a really lovely depiction of family life and little Anna is an irresistible character. The setting is contemporary Africa and young readers in this country will be fascinated by Anna’s world, both similar to their own and very different.

Andrea Reece

Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus! Synopsis

From the stellar team of Atinuke and Lauren Tobia comes the third Anna Hibiscus picture book title brimming with all the best-loved Hibiscus family members - and Anna's two brand new baby brothers! Everything is changing for Anna Hibiscus, she's a sister! But - oh dear - everyone is now so busy! Uncle Bizi-Sunday is shopping for the babies, Aunty Joli and Aunty Grace are rocking the babies and Mama and Grandma are fast asleep ...but just who has time for Anna Hibiscus? I hate Double Trouble! shouts Anna. But Anna Hibiscus is amazing so it won't be long before everyone finds time for her again!

A story which perfectly captures the anxiety and thrill of having a new sibling, this is a great title for any family with a new baby, or a baby on the way!

Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus! Press Reviews

double pleasure for old friends and new readers alike. Kirkus Review

This is a joyful and affectionate portrait of a close-knit family in contemporary Africa perfectly captures the anxiety and thrill of having a new sibling, making it the ideal story for any family with a new baby, or a baby on the way. Love - and gorgeous Anna - win all hearts by the time the last page has turned... Lancashire Evening Post

This gorgeously colourful picture book tells a simple but important tale that all older siblings will be able to relate to. -- Natasha Mac a'Bhaird Children's books Ireland

Another joyous Anna Hibiscus picture book from Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor winner Atinuke CBC Children's Book Council of America

This warm, gentle story is perfect for any big brother or sister with a new sibling or two on the way. -- Natasha Mac a'Bhaird Children's Books Ireland

The illustrations are vibrant and charming, bringing both the African setting and the loving family atmosphere to life. -- Natasha Mac a'Bhaird Children's Books Ireland

But what shines through most is the warmth and closeness of her large extended family, which still has plenty of time and attention to give to Anna. Publishers Weekly

Readers and listeners who meet this lively child for the first time in this universal story will likely be intrigued enough by her mixed-race family and her culturally different but oh-so-similar life to go on to other Anna Hibiscus episodes, in both picture and chapter books. Kirkus Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406365719
Publication date: 2nd June 2016
Author: Atinuke
Illustrator: Lauren Tobia
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 40 pages
Year Groups: Early Years, Key Stage 1

About Atinuke

Atinuke is a Nigerian storyteller. She draws upon her recent ancestry from Yoruba land, England and Wales, and more ancient origins in Spain, Portugal and China, to tell stories from both the world of folktales and contemporary life. She has written many Anna Hibiscus Racing Read titles and picture books, as well as the series entitled No. 1 Car Spotter. She lives in Newport, Pembrokeshire with her husband and two sons. Click here to read more about the author.   You can see Atinuke in this video, reading from The No. 1 Car Spotter:

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