Walker Books – Baby Goes to Market (Picture Book)
Join Baby and his mama at the bustling marketplace for a bright, bouncy read-aloud offering a gentle introduction to numbers.
When Baby and Mama go to market, baby is so adorable that the banana seller gives him six bananas. Baby eats one and puts five in the basket, but Mama doesn’t notice. As Mama and Baby wend their way through the market stalls, cheeky Baby collects five juicy oranges, four sugary chin-chin biscuits, three roasted sweetcorn, two pieces of coconut … until Mama notices that her basket is getting very heavy. Poor Baby, she thinks – he must be very hungry by now!
Rhythmic language, visual humour and a bounty of delectable food make this a tale that is sure to whet little appetites for story time.
“I love a good market and this one, located somewhere in West Africa, absolutely exudes atmosphere immersing readers in a multi-sensory experience so you can almost feel the heat and dust, smell the roasting sweetcorn and taste the juicy tomatoes. […] Essentially Atinuke’s zingy, patterned text is a shared joke between author and audience. The latter will relish the antics of Baby and savour Mama’s total unawareness of what is going on behind her back. Angela Brooksbank captures all the vibrancy and excitement of a crowded tropical market: the rich, bright colours and patterns, the dusty byways, the goods for sale and those wonderfully observed characters.” Red Reading Hub
“You can feel the love that the author and illustrator of Baby Goes to Market have for West Africa, both of whom grew up there … Each page is gloriously filled with tantalising pictures of delicious things to eat and colourful things to buy, and there’s a gentle introduction to simple counting too.” – LoveReading
“The hustle and bustle of the noisy, crowded market is vividly evoked by the colourful illustrations of African-print fabrics and mouth-watering food that burst from every page. With rhythmic text and an abundance of humour, this delightful book is sure to appeal to mischievous babies and toddlers everywhere.” – BookTrust
“This is a gorgeous picturebook crammed with detail and a delightful thing to share with children.” – The School Librarian
“This is brilliant […] beautiful” – Candice Brathwaite, Make Motherhood Diverse
Paperback: 32 pages
Dimensions: 25 x 0.4 x 28 cm
Written by: Atinuke
Illustrated by: Angela Brooksbank
About the Author:
Atinuke is a Nigerian storyteller. She draws upon her recent ancestry from Yoruba land, England and Wales, and more ancient origins in Spain, Portugal and China, to tell stories from both the world of folktales and contemporary life. She has written many Anna Hibiscus Racing Read titles and picture books, as well as the series entitled No. 1 Car Spotter. She lives in Newport, Pembrokeshire with her husband and two sons. Find her online at atinuke-author.weebly.com.
About the Illustrator:
Angela Brooksbank worked as a designer and art director in the children’s book industry before undertaking an MA at the Cambridge School of Art, and turning her hand to her own illustration. About her picture book inspiration, Angela says, “I am constantly inspired by children’s energy and unique response to life and hope that my work conveys some of their playful spirit.” Baby Goes to Market, written by Atinuke, is her first picture book with Walker. Find her online at angelabrooksbank.com.