Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke

Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus!

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

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Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus is double the fun for readers! Anna’s mum has just given birth to twins and Anna is going to have to share her family with her baby brothers. She immediately starts thinking of them as Double and Trouble, but needn’t worry: her grandma, uncles, aunties and cousins still have time for Anna, and her mother is never too busy for a cuddle. Perfect for big brothers or sisters, this is a really lovely depiction of family life and little Anna is an irresistible character. The setting is contemporary Africa and young readers in this country will be fascinated by Anna’s world, both similar to their own and very different. ~ Andrea Reece


Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke

From the stellar team of Atinuke and Lauren Tobia comes the third Anna Hibiscus picture book title brimming with all the best-loved Hibiscus family members - and Anna's two brand new baby brothers! Everything is changing for Anna Hibiscus, she's a sister! But - oh dear - everyone is now so busy! Uncle Bizi-Sunday is shopping for the babies, Aunty Joli and Aunty Grace are rocking the babies and Mama and Grandma are fast asleep ...but just who has time for Anna Hibiscus? I hate Double Trouble! shouts Anna. But Anna Hibiscus is amazing so it won't be long before everyone finds time for her again!

A story which perfectly captures the anxiety and thrill of having a new sibling, this is a great title for any family with a new baby, or a baby on the way!


This is a joyful and affectionate portrait of a close-knit family in contemporary Africa perfectly captures the anxiety and thrill of having a new sibling, making it the ideal story for any family with a new baby, or a baby on the way. Love - and gorgeous Anna - win all hearts by the time the last page has turned... Lancashire Evening Post A double pleasure for old friends and new readers alike. Kirkus Review Readers and listeners who meet this lively child for the first time in this universal story will likely be intrigued enough by her mixed-race family and her culturally different but oh-so-similar life to go on to other Anna Hibiscus episodes, in both picture and chapter books. Kirkus Review But what shines through most is the warmth and closeness of her large extended family, which still has plenty of time and attention to give to Anna. Publisher's Weekly This gorgeously colourful picture book tells a simple but important tale that all older siblings will be able to relate to. -- Natasha Mac a'Bhaird Children's Books Ireland The illustrations are vibrant and charming, bringing both the African setting and the loving family atmosphere to life. -- Natasha Mac a'Bhaird Children's Books Ireland This warm, gentle story is perfect for any big brother or sister with a new sibling or two on the way. -- Natasha Mac a'Bhaird Children's Books Ireland Another joyous Anna Hibiscus picture book from Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor winner Atinuke. CBC Children's Book Council of America

About the Author


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.

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40 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Publication date

4th June 2015




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