Kamau and ZuZu Find a Way: A Picture Book By Aracelis Girmay, Diana Ejaita (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Aracelis Girmay, Diana Ejaita (Illustrator)
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Kamau & ZuZu Find a Way is a stirring story of African diaspora, resourcefulness, and intergenerational love by National Book Critics Circle Award finalist andrenowned poet Aracelis Girmay, and acclaimed illustrator Diana Ejaita.

One day, young Kamau and his grandmother ZuZu wake up to find themselves on the moon. Kamau doesn’t remember Back Home, but Grandma ZuZu does, and she misses it terribly. Together, through cloth scraps and dance, letters and song, Kamau and ZuZu find a way to make a new life for themselves in this strange land: a new life which is not only rooted in the stories, memories, and traditions that ZuZu always carries with her, but which also lovingly reaches out across the vast expanse of space to connect and communicate with the family from which they’ve been separated.

Acclaimed poet Aracelis Girmay and illustrator Diana Ejaita together weave a powerful story inspired by the African diaspora, in which—despite the shock of being uprooted into this alien world, without being given any choice or explanation, and the sorrow that comes from the unfathomable distance separating them from their beloved community—Kamau and ZuZu find a way to live, as people do.

About the Author

Aracelis Girmay is a writer, teacher, aunt, and mother. She is the author of three books of poems and is the editor of How to Carry Water: Selected Poems of Lucille Clifton. For her work she has received the Whiting Award, the Isabella Gardner Award, and the GLCA New Writers Award. Her books have also been named finalists for the Connecticut Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Hurston/Wright Award, and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Most recently, Girmay’s poetry and essays have been published in The Paris Review, Granta, Black Renaissance Noire, and PEN America, among other publications. She is on the editorial board of the African Poetry Book Fund, and she lives and reads with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Diana Ejaita works as an illustrator and textile designer in Berlin. What sets her illustrations apart is a combination of dramatically contrasting areas of black and white with soft patterns and textures that create images that betray the strength of femininity. Born in Cremona, with Nigerian origins, her aesthetic pays homage to her lineage.

Praise For…

"National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and poet Girmay crafts a cosmic metaphor for the Black diaspora in this picture book illustrated by New Yorker contributor Ejaita. After Kamau and his grandmother ZuZu suddenly wake up on the moon, they must draw on the culture ZuZu lovingly remembers in order to thrive and establish connections with far-flung, much-missed relatives."
— Publishers Weekly, 12 Children’s Books by Black Authors to Read in 2024

STARRED REVIEW! ★ “Girmay’s contemporary folktale uses succinct, direct language to convey the anguish of relocation and celebrate the resilience necessary to survive in a new land. Ejaita’s striking illustrations make use of flat, often textured shapes and human figures that are literally black, with fine white lines defining features... Particularly interesting is her depiction of the moon, which begins as a bleak gray landscape and gradually morphs into a colorful terrain. Reflecting on her life, ZuZu says, ‘This is not what I would have chosen... But we will have to find a way to live, as people do.’ Compelling and heartfelt.”

— Booklist

“[A] diasporic look at honoring legacy while finding ‘a way to live, as people do.’”

— Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781592703890
ISBN-10: 1592703895
Publisher: Enchanted Lion
Publication Date: August 27th, 2024
Pages: 60
Language: English