Author: Nnedi Okorafor Illustrator: Mehrdokht Amini Release Date: 6th June 2019 Price: £6.99 Format: 24cm x 24cm Picture Book Age group: 4-8 ISBN: 978-1-911373-91-9

Chicken in the Kitchen

Lantana Publishing


What would you do if you woke up one night to find the shadow of a giant chicken passing your bedroom door? Go and investigate of course! A hugely entertaining look at the fascinating masquerade culture of West Africa, from the perspective of a plucky young Nigerian girl who finds the courage to protect the traditions she loves.


  • Children’s Africana Best Book Award 2016
  • Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 Nomination
  • White Ravens Honour List 2016
  • Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava 2017

Key topics

Diversity; masquerades; festivals; West Africa; Nigeria

Key Selling Points:

  • Originally published in 2015 to great acclaim. Released for a second time as part of the ‘Lantana Classics’ series.
  • An award-winning book by a very popular author, offering a unique window onto West African culture.
  • Celebrates diversity and inclusion. #WeNeedDiverseBooks #OwnVoices

About the creators

Nnedi Okoraforis a multi-award winning Nigerian-American novelist (Hugo Award, World Fantasy Award). She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Buffalo, New York.

Mehrdokht Aminiis an Iranian-born illustrator who has been nominated twice for the Kate Greenaway Medal and participated in the prestigious Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava.

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