REVIEW: Chicken in the Kitchen by Nnedi Okorafor
What would you do if you woke up one night to find the shadow of a giant chicken passing your bedroom door Go and investigate of course! A hugely entertaining look at the fascinating masquerade culture of West Africa, from the perspective of a plucky young Nigerian girl who finds the courage to protect the traditions she loves.
Janine has reviewed some of Ms. Okorafor’s YA novels here but when I saw this book at my local library, I decided to check it out. Giant chickens! Who can resist giant chickens? Or brave little girls who see a giant chicken shadow and instead of staying in their beds, they get up and go to see what the giant chicken is doing?
Anyaugo is just such a brave girl who is determined to save all the food her aunties have been making for the Yam Festival. But what does the giant chicken want and how can she get it out of the kitchen if she can’t speak to it in chickenese as the family Wood Wit suggests? Well brave Anyaugo figures it out and saves the day – and the dishes. I also adored the cute little cat who stays by Anyaugo’s side. The illustrations are bright and colorful and I learned a bit about Nigerian Yam Festivals, too. B