Too Small Tola Gets Tough

Candlewick. (Too Small Tola: Bk. 3). Mar. 2023. 96p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781536229462.
Gr 2-4–In this series addition, Tola and her family face the  challenges of COVID-19. The Nigerian girl lives in a run-down  room in Lagos with her Grandmommy, braniac sister Moji, and mechanic brother Dapo. One day, the talk turns to countries like London having their citizens lockdown in their home.  Grandmommy feels like that this would not happen in Nigeria because Tola and Grandmommy start to run out of food and  money, their neighbor Mr. Abdul suggests Tola go work for a  wealthy family, the Diamonds, who need a house girl. Tola begins to adapt to her job. She happens to see that the receipts for the Diamonds’s generator oil don’t add up, and informs Mr. Diamond. He is so happy that Tola stopped him from being  robbed that he gives her enough money for three years of Grandmommy’s rent, and the girl gets to finally reunite with her beloved family. Atinuke’s stories interweave with Iwu’s charming illustrations so effortlessly that readers will be enthralled by the Tola’s timely adventures. 
VERDICT This gives readers and their families a big message of hope, strength, and triumph in this series addition about COVID-19.

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