Written by Itah Sadu
Illustrated by Alix Delinois
The first day at a new school is nerve-wracking enough, never mind when it’s in a new country! In this lively picture book from award-winning storyteller Itah Sadu, Roy realizes he may come to love his new home in Canada as much as he loves his old home in Jamaica.
Written as an email to a friend back home, this picture book tells the story of Roy, whose family has just moved to Canada from Jamaica. His new home is different from his old home – in Canada, even the sun feels cold! His nerves ease, though, as welcome reminders of home follow him through his day. His neighbor gives him a button as a gift for his first day of school. The principal tells him about the soccer team and his new class makes him feel welcome. Everything is looking up until Roy goes to show his classmates his new button and he can’t find it! He rushes back to the principal’s office where they look up and down and all around for the button. Thanks to his powers of observation, Roy finds it in an unexpected place and is able to show it to his new friends. The friendly people he meets, and their shared love of Bob Marley, make for a good start at his new school. By the end of the day, Roy is happy to find a piece of his old home in his new home.
Sadu captures the voice of a young boy in a new country in this story about finding a new home while still staying proud of where you’re from. Harlem-based artist Alix Delinois shows the joy of making new friends with his vibrant, layered paintings.
An award-winning author, storyteller and owner of Toronto bookstore A Different Booklist, Itah shares the rich oral traditions of the Caribbean, Africa and North America with students and teachers. Her previous books include Christopher Changes His Name and Please Clean Up Your Room!, both illustrated by Roy Condy. Itah is extremely well regarded in Toronto’s Carribean and African communities. She has developed several youth programs, including the Walk for Excellence. She is a founding member of the Emancipation Day Underground Freedom Train Ride, which brought out 2000 people in 2016, the MY People Literary Awards, and the Black and Carribean Book Affair
Alix Delinois is a fine artist and art teacher living in Harlem, New York. He was born in Saint Marc, Haiti, and moved to Harlem as a child. He has illustrated three children's books written by award-winning authors Walter Dean Myers, Edwidge Danticat and Gretchen Woelfle. This is his fourth picture book.