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Too Small Tola

Written by Atinuke

Illustrated by Onyinye Iwu

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Featured Books for 7+ readers

Tolu may be small, but she's very determined

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2021

Too Small Tola is a wonderful new character in the world of children's books by multi-award-winning children's writer and storyteller Atinuke. Three delightful stories about Too Small Tola, a young girl who, though small, is very determined. 


Too Small Tola Synopsis

Tola lives in a flat in Lagos with her sister, Moji, who is very clever; her brother, Dapo, who is very fast; and Grandmummy, who is very bossy. Tola proves to be stronger than she seems when she goes to market with Grandmummy and manages to carry home a basket full of yams and vegetables, chilli peppers and fish. When the taps in the flat don't work, it's Tola who brings water from the well, and it's Tola who saves the day when Mr Abdul, the tailor, needs his goods to be delivered quickly. 

Too Small Tola Press Reviews

All three stories are a pleasure to read, but a particular highlight is Easter and Eid, which sees Tola playing an important role in helping the community celebrate when unexpected circumstances occur. -- Emma Dunn & Sarah Mallon - The Scotsman

Featured in WRD magazine. - WRD

For five-plus, from the award-winning Atinuke, comes Too Small Tola (Walker), illustrated with lively charm by Onyinye Iwu.... witty, engaging stories of a little girl with a big personality. - The Guardian

Tola's determination, compassion and generosity are celebrated in this positive portrayal of a contemporary Nigerian family... Splendid black-and-white drawings feature throughout, bringing the characters and location to life with warmth and humour. - BookTrust

Atinuke's book is full of tiny, individual portraits, and the brilliant names evoke the kookiness of the characters. - The Irish Times

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ISBN: 9781406388916
Publication date: 02/01/2020
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406388916
Publication date: 2nd January 2020
Author: Atinuke
Illustrator: Onyinye Iwu
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 96 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers

About Atinuke

Atinuke is a Nigerian-born author who started her career as an oral storyteller of tales from the African continent. She draws on her recent Yoruba ancestry and her life in West Wales to write stories of contemporary life in Nigeria and in Wales. She is the author of the bestselling Anna Hibiscus series. This is her first venture into non-fiction. Click here to read more about the author.   You can see Atinuke in this video, reading from The No. 1 Car Spotter:

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