Malaika's Costume

illus. by Irene Luxbacher. 32p. glossary. House of Anansi/Groundwood. Mar. 2016. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781554987542.
PreS-Gr 2—Lacking money for a new costume, a girl and her grandmother must use their ingenuity to repurpose and repair an old outfit and make it extra special for the Kiddie Carnival Parade. The first-person text is printed against a background of lined paper, and the wordless last page shows Malaika's mother—away working in Canada—thoroughly enjoying the letter and pictures she has received. Malaika and those in her Caribbean community speak a lightly lilting patois, and terms like kaiso and cassava are defined in a small glossary on the copyright page. Bright, stylized mixed-media illustrations burst with colors, patterns, and layers and hew closely to the lively text. Occasional highly pixelated areas slightly distract from otherwise vibrant scenes of Carnival costumes and multicultural rural life.
VERDICT A fun choice for libraries seeking books about creativity in general or the Caribbean in particular.

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