Groundwood Books

Malaika’s Costume

Written by Irene Luxbacher • Written by Nadia L. Hohn

For readers 3 - 7 years old | Published March 01, 2016 | ISBN 9781554987542
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Caribbean & Latin America

Cover of Malaika’s Costume

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32 pages | 9 in × 10 in
Print Format

About this book

Malaika’s Costume

Irene Luxbacher • Nadia L. Hohn

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.

About the Creators

Irene Luxbacher

IRENE LUXBACHER is an artist and author living in Toronto, Canada. With more than fifteen years’ experience as an illustrator, Irene has received numerous awards for her children’s instructional and picture books. She wrote and illustrated the picture book Mr. Frank, which was selected for the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List. She recently illustrated Malaika’s Costume and its sequel, Malaika’s Winter Carnival, by Nadia L. Hohn, as well as Mittens to Share by Emil Sher.

Nadia L. Hohn

Nadia L. Hohn is a writer, musician and educator. The manuscript of Malaika’s Costume, her first picture book, won the Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s Story Award. She is also the author of two forthcoming non-fiction titles, Music and Media Studies, part of the Sankofa series, which won the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Multicultural Non-Fiction. She lives in Toronto, where she teaches French, music and the arts at an alternative elementary school.

Awards and Praise
  • Runner-up OLA Best Bets Honourable Mention, 2016
  • Commended School Library Journal Best Picture Books, 2016
  • Winner Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, 2017
  • Commended Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario Children's Literature Award, 2016
  • Runner-up Américas Award Honorable Mention, 2017
  • Commended CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, starred selection, 2016
  • Commended USBBY's Outstanding International Books List, 2017
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