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Handa's Surprise

By Eileen Browne
Illustrated by Eileen Browne

In this board book edition of a picture book classic, a delightful surprise colourfully unfolds when a little girl called Handa puts seven delicious fruits in a basket to take to her friend.

A beautiful board book edition of a bestselling modern classic, 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 muses, 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!

  • The two Handa books have sold over one million copies in more than twenty countries worldwide, and have both been adapted into touring puppet theatre productions.
  • A Guardian 'Diverse Voices' selection: one of the 50 best culturally diverse children's books in the UK since 1950.
  • Look out for the third title in the Handa series, Good Night, Handa - coming 2017!

About the author

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 "50 best culturally diverse children’s books" in a list compiled by a distinguished independent panel of children’s book experts. Originally from Birmingham, Eileen now lives in Wiltshire.

Awards

1995: Sheffield Children's Book Award

Sheffield Children's Book Award - Shortlisted

ISBN: 9781406366907
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Board Book
Release Date: May 1, 2016
Dimensions: 180 x 150mm, 24pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $11.99
New Zealand RRP: $13.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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