Monday’s Ball, A Book Teaching The Power Of Kindness and Empathy

Comic book/Albums From 3 years old


Monday’s Ball, by author and illustrator Segun O. Mosuro tells the story of a boy who loved to play football but was always left out by his peers because he wasn’t considered good enough. His quest to buy a ball to practice the sport sends him on a thrilling adventure he would never forget.

A diverse work, Monday’s Ball exposes children to cultures underrepresented in classic children’s books. Monday’s Ball is set in Nigeria and features African characters and fish found in the Lagos Lagoon and Gulf of Guinea. Encouraging conversations about culture, and the exploration of new ones, Monday’s Ball is a valuable cultural tool that exposes children to diversity and traditions that may be unfamiliar in their day-to-day lives. 

It is becoming more and more important for all kids to see positive representations of themselves in the books they read.

I wanted to paint a picture of life on Lagos Lagoon and the people that live there. Hopefully, children around the world will be able to relate to Monday and his friends,” said Segun O. Mosuro.

About NGNAOUSSI ELONGUE Cedric Christian

Christian Elongué est l'auteur de la référence critique "Introduction à la littérature jeunesse au Cameroun", aux Editions l'Harmattan. Il a collaboré pour la promotion de l’édition jeunesse africaine avec la revue Takam Tikou du Centre National de littérature pour la jeunesse de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Passionné par le livre et la lecture depuis l’enfance, il est convaincu de l’enjeu critique du livre pour enfants dans l’avènement d’une poétique de la relation et dans la construction d’une mentalité de « vainqueur » auprès des jeunes africains. Il est attentif depuis 6 ans à l’évolution des échanges entre les pays du sud et les pays du nord dans le domaine de l’édition.

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