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Wonderfully warm and inclusive this classic cumulative story will be a popular book choice and also introduce early counting and a variety of delicious food choices
UKLA Longlist Book Awards - 2019
You can feel the love that the author and illustrator of Baby Goes to Market have for West Africa, both of whom grew up there. The vibrant market place leaps out of the page, you can almost smell the fruit for sale and hear the shouts from the market traders. Baby is snuggly wrapped in a papoose on Mama's back and is enjoying the trip to the market, especially when the market traders start giving Baby presents. First bananas, then juicy oranges, then biscuits. Baby eats a little of each and adds the remainder to the shopping basket that Mama carries on her head. Mama must be very strong! After all those treats Baby has a nap and Mama gets a well-deserved taxi ride home. Each page is gloriously filled with tantalising pictures of delicious things to eat and colourful things to buy, and there’s a gentle introduction to simple counting too.
Join Baby and his mama at the bustling marketplace for a bright, bouncy read-aloud offering a gentle introduction to numbers. When Baby and Mama go to market, baby is so adorable that the banana seller gives him six bananas. Baby eats one and puts five in the basket, but Mama doesn't notice. As Mama and Baby wend their way through the market stalls, cheeky Baby collects five juicy oranges, four sugary chin-chin biscuits, three roasted sweetcorn, two pieces of coconut ... until Mama notices that her basket is getting very heavy. Poor Baby, she thinks - he must be very hungry by now! Rhythmic language, visual humour and a bounty of delectable food make this a tale that is sure to whet little appetites for story time.
I love a good market and this one, located somewhere in West Africa, absolutely exudes atmosphere immersing readers in a multi-sensory experience so you can almost feel the heat and dust, smell the roasting sweetcorn and taste the juicy tomatoes. [...] Essentially Atinuke's zingy, patterned text is a shared joke between author and audience. The latter will relish the antics of Baby and savour Mama's total unawareness of what is going on behind her back. Angela Brooksbank captures all the vibrancy and excitement of a crowded tropical market: the rich, bright colours and patterns, the dusty byways, the goods for sale and those wonderfully observed characters. Red Reading Hub
You can feel the love that the author and illustrator of Baby Goes to Market have for West Africa, both of whom grew up there ... Each page is gloriously filled with tantalising pictures of delicious things to eat and colourful things to buy, and there's a gentle introduction to simple counting too. LoveReading
The hustle and bustle of the noisy, crowded market is vividly evoked by the colourful illustrations of African-print fabrics and mouth-watering food that burst from every page. With rhythmic text and an abundance of humour, this delightful book is sure to appeal to mischievous babies and toddlers everywhere. BookTrust
This is a gorgeous picturebook crammed with detail and a delightful thing to share with children. The School Librarian
This is brilliant [...] beautiful Candice Brathwaite, Make Motherhood Diverse
|Publication date:||5th July 2018|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Year Groups:||Early Years|
Atinuke is a Nigerian-born author who started her career as an oral storyteller of tales from the African continent. She draws on her recent Yoruba ancestry and her life in West Wales to write stories of contemporary life in Nigeria and in Wales. She is the author of the bestselling Anna Hibiscus series. This is her first venture into non-fiction. Click here to read more about the author. You can see Atinuke in this video, reading from The No. 1 Car Spotter:More About Atinuke