Selected as a 2021 Best Kids Book of the Year by Bookshop staff:
From Atinuke, who brought us the delightful world of Anna Hibiscus, comes a brand-new character to fall in love with: Too Small Tola, who “lives in a run-down block of apartments in the megacity of Lagos, in the country of Nigeria.” This small but mighty child will enchant readers as they follow her adventures in Nigeria. Too Small Tola is perfect for early readers who are looking for a sweet and meaningful book.
In a trio of droll stories, award-winning author and storyteller Atinuke debuts an endearing and enduring character with plenty to prove. Tola lives in an apartment in the busy city of Lagos, Nigeria, with her sister, Moji, who is very clever; her brother, Dapo, who is very fast; and Grandmommy, who is very bossy. Tola may be small, but she's strong enough to carry a basket brimming with groceries home from the market, and she's clever enough to count out Grandmommy's change. When the faucets in the apartment break, it's Tola who brings water from the well. And when Mr. Abdul, the tailor, has an accident and needs help taking his customers' measurements, only Tola can save the day. Too Small Tola evokes the urban bustle and rich blending of cultures in Lagos through the eyes of a little girl with an outsize will--and an even bigger heart.