Room for Everyone
A gala in the daladala!
Dada and Musa ride the Daladala (bus) to the beach on a scorching summer day. First, the driver notices an elderly man riding a bicycle without a seat. He then gives the elderly man and his bike a ride. Musa is annoyed because the Daladala is already crowded. Dada believes differently. Daladala, he claims, can accommodate. Everyone giggles and shifts around, allowing the old man and his cycle some room. To Musa's dismay, the driver picks up more passengers, including a boy and two goats, fruit vendors, a farmer with milk pails, and fish vendors. But did Musa and Dada reach the beach?
We picked this book for its cover. The book depicts the little boy's bus ride to the beach lightheartedly, narrating the scenes in the African countryside while subtly implying that if we have the heart, we can accommodate everyone. The illustrations are fantastic, perfectly capturing the tone and entertaining elements.
In Naaz Khan's hilarious story, Room for Everyone, Mercè López brilliantly captures the ambiance of a community and the mood of a sunny day.
Originally published: 2021
Author: Naaz Khan
Illustrator: Mercè López
Rating basis (of 5.0): Story (5.0), Characters (5.0) Writing Style (4.0), Illustrations (5.0) & Ease (3.0)
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