Author(s): Eileen Browne
A modern classic named one of the best culturally diverse picture books in the UK, this is the story of Handa, who's part of the Luo tribe in south-west Kenya. Handa decides to take seven pieces of delicious fruit to her friend, Akeyo, who lives in the neighbouring village. But as Akeyo wonders, I wonder what fruit Akeyo will like best?, a series of sneaky animals steal something from Handa's basket, which she's carrying on her head...When Handa reaches Akeyo, will she have anything left to offer her friend? Richly-illustrated, brimming with luscious fruit and cheeky wild animals, this mouth-watering story is for the youngest of readers. In the best pantomime spirit, children will long to tell Handa what's happening right behind her!
Rich, hot colours and fluid brush-strokes zap each scene into life... The Independent on Sunday ...so luscious it seems almost edible... The Observer With beautifully drawn animals and rich colours immaculately displayed on every page, this book is a brilliant introduction for toddlers and children under five years. Handa's Surprise featured as one of Pride Magazine's 'best books' for children. Featured/recommended Yellow Brick Road
Eileen Browne is a bestselling author and illustrator, well known for her picture book classic, Handa's Surprise, and its sequel, Handa's Hen, both of which have been adapted into national puppet theatre productions and which have, together, sold over one million copies in more than twenty countries worldwide. In 2014, Handa's Surprise was named one of the 'Diverse Voices 50 best culturally diverse children's books' of all time, in a list compiled by a distinguished independent panel of children's book experts. Originally from Birmingham, Eileen now lives in Wiltshire.