Much has happened over the past few weeks regarding the publication of my picture book, to be released sometime in May 2008 : Amadi’s Snowman.
The illustrations are done and I’m now anxiously waiting to see the proofs – I’ve only seen the dummy, so far. The good news is that I received a first positive critique from Michael Afolayan, Ph. D. who was consulted for authenticity’s sake (the story is set in Nigeria and the characters are Igbo.) Here is what he said :
“This write-up is respectful of the culture in which it is set. It is a breath of fresh air to read of a children fiction set in Africa that does not irritate the eye of the African reader with condescending language and stereotypical depictions. After all, when was the last time we read an African children fiction whose theme is literacy with a good end? For these and some other reasons, I think this is a story book that is worth reading.”
Not too bad, hey?
And so, the waiting game continues.