Splash! Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke
  

Splash! Anna Hibiscus

Written by Atinuke
Illustrated by Lauren Tobia
Part of the Anna Hibiscus Series

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Celebrate the sea in this vibrant story of Anna Hibiscous and her love of playing in the laughing waves! All the rest of the family are busy on the beach. The boys are playing football, the men are talking, the big girls are on their phones, the little girls are playing in the sand and the grandparents are asleep. No one wants to play in the waves with Anna! But, when everyone hears Anna and the waves laughing and splashing together they have to come and join in too! A warm-hearted family story with stunning illustrations that bring the beach to life.

Synopsis

Splash! Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke

Anna Hibiscus is at the beach and all she wants to do is SPLASH! Phew, it is hot. But what better way to cool off than by playing in the jumpy, splashy waves? Come and splash in the waves with me! shouts Anna Hibiscus. But everyone, including Grandmother and Grandfather, Chocolate, Benz, Wonderful, Joy, Clarity and Common Sense, is much too busy to wave-jump!

So, it's just Anna Hibiscus and the white waves. Oh! Oh! Oh! Anna shouts happily and, soon, her happy cheers bring everyone to the water. Yippeee! they all shout, jumping in the waves, Why didn't you call us?

It is a great summer read for little children!

Reviews

This simple tale is beautifully constructed and reads aloud perfectly. Bookseller Family and surf are global pleasures, Atinuke reminds us New York Times

About the Author

Atinuke

As A Child - I was born in Ibadan, in south-west Nigeria. I remember it as a city of dusty red roads, of bungaloos buried under flowers, of botanical gardens. When I was five my father got a "a good job" in the capital city of Lagos. A city of polo clubs and swimming pools and slums. We went to live behind the high walls of a mansion in a quiet part of the city, and left our extended family behind. This is where my love affair with books and stories began, locked behind the great iron gates of the lonely house. Throughout my childhood I wanted firstly and desperately to be a Boy, then an Adventurer, and lastly, An Author. Two of these were impossible (I was told) and one was dangerous. Forget it. So I carried on reading instead. I read Enid Blyton books and it sounded fun. At 10 years old, after a campaign of cajoling and persuading, my parent agreed to send me to boarding school in England. And that was, effectively, the end of my childhood.

As an adult
As soon as I could, I gave up all subjects but storybooks and went off to study literature. I wrote 10,000 words one year to get over a lost love and got into Oxford instead. But the writing I had to do there was so dry that I left. I decided to go Adventuring instead. I lived and travelled in England and France, Morocco and Germany and Spain, sleeping like a nomad on beaches and mountainsides. I sang for my supper, painted portraits, weeded gardens, worked as an artist's model and lived in a round mud hut in the wild wet woods of Wales. One day, pregnant with my first son, I told a story to some bored children at a festival and that's when my proper job found me! I haven't stopped telling stories since.

As an artist
I got through the trials and tribulations of life by escaping into books and making up stories in my head. My journal stayed with me through all my adventures, crammed with poetry and reflections and questions. I told stories for a living (because I had been told it was impossible to be An Author - and I had believed them). Until one winter in Wales...too ill to get up and go out and tell stories. Too ill to go home to my father-land. I found myself in the circumstances in which I write best (alone and bored and empty) and I wrote about what I was missing... I wrote Anna Hibiscus.

Things you didn't know about Atinuke
My favourite chocolate is peppermint and vanilla flavour.
I love wearing Big Boots and stomping about the place.
My favourite place to live would be...right on the beach.
I was old before I met the love of my life (sometimes you have to wait a long time for your fairy tale dreams to come true).
I live in my dream house. A wooden house my husband built...which isn't finished yet!
I live on a mountain called Angel Mountain, my favourite place to be.
If I could have/do anything it would be to have a world that works together for the good of the whole planet.
I love to knit socks.
If in doubt...I go to bed, it's the best place to hole up.
I love to whirl like Rumi.

You can see Atinuke in this video, reading from The No. 1 Car Spotter:

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
40 pages
Interest Age: From 3

Author

Atinuke
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Author's Website

atinuke-author.weebly.com/

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

6th June 2013

ISBN

9781406339673

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