It’s Disgusting and We ate it!


Title: It’s Disgusting and We ate it!

Author: James Solheim

Publisher: Aladdin

Number of pages: 48

Type of Book: Non- Fiction

Age: 6-12

Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Disgusting-Facts-Around-Throughout-History/dp/0689843933

Price: $9.99


What would you rather eat for lunch? A steaming piece of pizza, a bowl of bugs, a live oyster or a fish’s head? You might be surprised to learn that many people in the world will not answer ‘PIZZA”.

This book features the silliest, strangest, sickest meals the world has ever known from frog legs in China, to roasted giant spiders, raw long white earthworms dug from rotten logs in Australia, raw fish, raw squid and seaweed sushi in Japan to minced rattle snake meat made in the US. Divided into three parts, it looks at exotic foods around the world today (like earthworm soup eaten by the Chinese); exotic dishes in history (rat stew eaten by sailors) and a rather scary behind the scenes look at the contents of the food items in our fridge today! (Like the bacteria and fungi that make up cheese and mushrooms).

I distinctly remember eating roasted crickets (abuzu) and fried termites (aku) as a child. While I thought they were delicious, the average American kid would probably throw up while watching me eat them, esp. during the rather noisy sucking of the delicious, soft, white, juicy liquid in the aku’s stomach.

The ‘delicacies’ in this book give a whole new meaning to the line “One man’s meat is another man’s poison”!


UP: Everything!! It’s a well-researched, beautifully illustrated book that entertains while educating. It has lots of facts delivered in the most interesting way possible!

For example, did you know that roasted giant spiders are a greater source of protein than beef? One ton of beef has 394 pounds of protein whereas one ton of spiders has 1268 pounds of protein! Did you also know that the world’s costliest spice comes from flowers? A pound of this spice, Saffron, used to make rice, etc., costs up to $4,000 (Over N1m!)

The dishes made of reptiles like snakes, insects like termites, crickets and grasshoppers and other animals like fishes, spiders, earthworms, even flowers will keep you either horrifically horrified or smacking your lips!

The book also features a bibliography at the end for kids who want to do some more digging on true food facts around the world! A must have in any curious mind’s library!

DOWN: None


5 Stars


  1. What is cheese? Milk curdled by bacteria.
  2. The world’s costliest spice is made from? Saffron
  3. One of the world’s most edible fungi? Mushrooms!
  4. Process of milk production? Cows chew grass and weed, swallow them into the first two stomachs, burp the grass up, chew more grass, mush them all up and send the mush up through the last two stomachs. Then the milk comes out through the udder, a giant sweat gland! Anyone for a glass of fresh milk?
  5. Some delicacies eaten in Africa mentioned in the book? Fried termites, roasted crickets and grasshoppers.
  6. What is sushi? A Japanese rice dish made up of raw fish, raw squid, seaweeds and rice.

For some truly disgusting recipes from around the world: http://www.jamessolheim.com/worlds-weirdest-recipes.html#.VoKIkbT6La4

CHALLENGE: It’s Disgusting and We ate it!


  1. List 2 truly disgusting animals/insects/plants eaten in the Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern Parts of Nigeria? (6-8 year olds)


  1. Write a recipe for the most disgusting meal you have ever eaten. Include a picture of the meal. (9-12 year olds)


  1. Write a poem on ‘One man’s meat is another man’s poison’. (9-12 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 6-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.  

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Sunday, January 2nd 2016

Next Book of the Week:






A Christmas Carol


Title:  A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens

Publisher: Usborne Young Reading             

Number of pages: 64          

Type of Book: Fiction, Classic

Age: 8-12

Available here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/a-christmas-carol-young-reading-series-2/; https://www.jumia.com.ng/jumia-books-collins-big-cat-christmas-carol-band-10white-2035003.html ; http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Carol-Barnes-Collectible-Editions/dp/1435149106/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1451051444&sr=1-1 ; read the original/unabridged version for free here: http://www.ibiblio.org/ebooks/Dickens/Carol/Dickens_Carol.pdf

Price: N580; N2,028; $7.18


Scrooge was a cold-hearted penny-pinching miser who hated Christmas. He hated Christmas for many reasons, some legitimate, some not. He hated Christmas because as a child, he was left alone in boarding school during the holiday; as a young adult, his girlfriend dumped him during the Christmas season; and as an adult, his colleague died on Christmas Eve.

But he also hated Christmas for some unemotional reasons; he thought it was an expensive holiday and people did not work! When asked to donate money to a charity to feed hungry children during the season, he asked if there were no more prisons and workhouses to take care of these children. In summary, Scrooge was a bitter, selfish and mean man who was obsessed with wealth and had no love for his neighbors.

However, one christmas, everything changed. Scrooge was visited by four ghosts who tried to transform him into a kind, generous and sensitive human being using visions of his past, present and future.

Read the book to find out how the ghosts tried to change Ebenezer Scrooge and whether or not they succeeded.


UP: Dickens’ amazing use of dry humor to entertain! However the major highlight of the book is that it tries to spread the spirit of Christmas, a spirit of giving, loving and service to mankind. Dickens’ emphasizes the importance of building and sustaining good human relations not just during the yuletide but all year through. In the words of Bing Crosby,

“The secret of Christmas is not the things you do, at Christmas time. But the Christmas things you do all year through”

DOWN: The original/unabridged version may not be an easy read for children but the abridged version does not capture the true essence of the book.


5 stars: A must read for bookworms and their parents!!


  1. Who was Marley? Scrooge’s deceased colleague
  2. What did Marley’s Ghost warn Scrooge about? Marley’s Ghost warned Scrooge about this being his last chance to not die like Marley did.
  3. How many ghosts visited Mr. Scrooge? 4: Marley’s Ghost, The Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
  4. Why was Scrooge really scared of The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come? The Ghost was covered from head to toe in a deep black cloak except for one hand. Scrooge could not even see his face. The Ghost’s silence through out their time together made him even scarier. It also showed Scrooge many visions of the misery in his future.
  5. Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him. ( a cold-hearted miser who did not care for human beings ) Who does this paragraph describe? Scrooge
  6. Who were the children under the robes of the Ghost of Christmas Present? They symbolized man’s state of Want/poverty and man’s Ignorance of the plight of people living in a state of want/poverty.  

Listen/Read the book here:

Read the book here: http://www.ibiblio.org/ebooks/Dickens/Carol/Dickens_Carol.pdf

CHALLENGE: A Christmas Carol


  1. What does Christmas mean to me? Write a 400-word essay

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first 2 correct entres will be announced on this page and will each win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Monday, December 28th 2015.

Next Book of the Week



How the Grinch stole Christmas


Title: How the Grinch stole Christmas

Author: Dr. Seuss

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Number of pages: 64

Type of Book: Fiction; Classic

Age: 0 – 8

Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Grinch-Stole-Christmas-Classic-Seuss/dp/0394800796/ref=pd_sim_14_3?ie=UTF8&dpID=512PxXsTebL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR112%2C160_&refRID=0GN84K1FXH8CK1PYFRPZ ; Buy the Audio CD (contains 11 stories by Dr. Seuss) here https://www.jumia.com.ng/jumia-books-the-cat-in-the-hat-and-other-dr.-seuss-favorites-14699.html ; Borrow the book from ZODML here: http://zodml.org/eachbook.php?id=36102 ;

Read the book online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKUumRRfm-0

Price: $8.48; N4,890


‘I MUST find a way to stop Christmas from coming!’ the Grinch thought as he imagined all the things that would happen on Christmas day, a day he absolutely hated. On Christmas morning, he knew the kids in Whoville would wake up to unwrap their presents. He just knew that they’d make a lot of noise noise noise! Then the adults would feast and feast and feast on roast beef and all the Whos in Whoville, young and old, would hold hands and sing and make even more noise. Thoughts of Christmas day haunted the Grinch. O! how he hated Christmas season! Then he came up with the most ‘wonderful awful’ idea to stop Christmas from coming. He decided to steal Christmas! Read the book to find out why the Grinch hated Christmas so much and how he tried to steal Christmas.


UP: The major highlight: In classic Dr. Seuss style, the entire book – all 64 scrumptious pages – is written in rhyme! To say that Seuss has a way with words is a gross understatement! One of my favourite lines:

‘He slithered and slunk with a smile most unpleasant

Around the whole room, he took every present’

The book is further enriched with vibrant illustrations in only three colours: black, white and tomato red. A very unusual yet very quaint mix. Another highlight is the fact that this book can be read to toddlers, while independent readers (6-8 year olds) can read it on their own.

I chose this book for Christmas because Seuss tries to show children through the story of the Grinch that Christmas is more than just a season for food and presents. It’s a good book to introduce to the little ones because sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of preparing for the holiday, we forget what Christmas is really all about. At the end of this book, the Grinch found the people of Whoville singing on top of their voices on Christmas Day in spite of the fact that he had ‘stolen’ Christmas. Then he realized that:

‘Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from the store

Maybe Christmas means a little bit more’

DOWN: None


5 Stars: (I wish I could give it 10 stars)


  1. Ask your child why the Grinch hated Christmas. Then ask him what happened when he realized Christmas meant more than just presents and food.

a. Most likely reason because his heart was 2 sizes too small.

b. His small heart grew 3 sizes and he returned all the presents and all the food.

  1. Ask your child how the Grinch tried to steal Christmas.

By stealing: a. all the Christmas presents and b. all the food for the feast.


  1. Watch a video of the Grinch song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRhCbCISs44
  1. Team the reading experience with a read-aloud video here:


CHALLENGE: How the Grinch stole Christmas


  1. List 8 presents stolen by the Grinch in the book (4 – 5 year olds)


  1. Answer the following question in 50 words or more: What does Christmas mean to me?

(6 – 8 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 4 – 8 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of the audio book containing 11 Dr. Seuss classics.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Wednesday, December 30th 2015

Next Book of the Week:



“Christmas will always be, as long as we stand heart to heart and hand to hand”  

 Dr. Seuss


Christmas Week Schedule

Dear Bookworms, we will interrupt our weekly schedule for the HOLIDAY!!!!

Christmas Week Book Review Schedule

8 – 12 Years

A review of Charles Dicken’s classic, ‘A Christmas Carol’ will be posted on Christmas Day and two copies of the book will be up for grabs for two lucky bookworms!



4 – 8 Years / 0 – 4 Years

A review of Dr. Seuss’ classic, ‘How the Grinch stole Christmas’ will be posted on Christmas Day and one copy of the audio book containing 11 classics by Dr. Seuss will be up for grabs for one lucky bookworm!


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So get ready for Christmas Day!

Santa Claus is coming to Town (with BOOKS!!)


Our normal schedule will resume the following week with a review of IT’S DISGUSTING AND WE ATE IT by James Solheim on Tuesday the 29th of December and CLEVER SQUIRREL AND THE WEDDING COMPETITION by Yusuf .M. Adamu on Friday the 1st of January, 2016.



The 2015 Nigeria LNG Prize For Literature



It was a dark day for Children’s literature in October 2015 when the Nigeria LNG issued a press release stating that there will be no winner for this year’s Nigeria Prize for Literature because all the entries were not worthy of the prize.

The Nigeria LNG prize for literature is one of Africa’s most prestigious literary prizes. Established in 2004, it awards a whopping $100,000 (over N25 million) to one Nigerian writer every year. The prize rotates yearly amongst four literary genres: prose fiction, poetry, drama and children’s literature.

This year, 2015, was to be dedicated to children’s literature. Unfortunately, none of the 109 entries submitted for the prize scaled through, in fact, 89 of the 109 entries did not meet the preliminary requirements. According to the spokesperson for Nigeria LNG, entries were required to be creative works with aesthetic and social values for children.

However, he further stated that the prize money would be devoted to conducting a workshop on writing for children; a workshop designed to increase the overall quality of children’s literature in Nigeria.

The creative writing workshop took place from the 9th to the 11th of December at Eko Hotel, Lagos. The workshop participants were the applicants whose entries made it past the first stage of the screening process for the prize. They spent three days and nights at Eko Hotel under the tutelage of Professor Akachi Ezeigbo, Professor of English Language, Dr. Helen Limon, award-winning writer and teacher of Writing for Children at Newcastle University and National Center for Children’s Books, UK and Professor Kim Reynolds, Professor of Children’s Literature of the Newcastle University, UK and past President of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature.

Proceedings of the workshop will be collated and published for the benefit of those who were unable to attend.

It was a huge step in the right direction.. So we thank the NLNG for making this possible and hope that they make this an annual occurrence.

Hopefully, in 2019, there will be so many good entries that the judges will have a tough time deciding on a winner.


No School for Eze

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Title: No School for Eze

Author: Ifeoma Okoye

Publisher: Farafina Tuuti

Number of pages: 16

Type of Book: Fiction; African

Age: 2 – 6

Available here: https://www.mobiashara.com/Farafina/no-school-eze

Price: N300


What would you say to your (hale and hearty) child if he woke up one day and began to cry, “Mummy, I don’t want to go to school today, let me stay at home with you.”

Most mums would give the child a good talking-to, some would ignore him, and others would laugh. My mum would give you a stern look and you’d rid yourself of the idea as quickly as you got it. I would probably do the same to my child and kiss my teeth in a very long and drawn out manner for good measure.

Not Eze’s mother. In this book, she let him stay at home with her. I was gobsmacked. My first thought was, ‘What kind of mother is this?’ but a few pages into the book, I was laughing my head off.

After spending the day with his mum, Eze realized he’d rather go to school than stay at home. In fact, on the last page, he shouted, “I hate staying at home, I like school better.”

Read the book to find out how Eze’s mother (in the funniest and most positive way) cured Eze of his dislike for school and his love for staying at home!


UP: This book is the second book in the ‘Eze’ series. The Eze series feature the little boy Eze, who rarely ever wants to do what is expected of him or what his parents want. He is the run-of-the-mill troublesome child with aesthetic rather than functional ears. Buy the series to learn how his parents manage him.

The Eze series teach important lessons in discipline without being didactic.

This book is perfect for the little boy or girl who is just becoming an independent reader. It is also a good read aloud for toddlers.

DOWN: Critics have complained that Eze’s mum is not exactly role-model material, as she seems to do only household chores all day and expressly states that she wishes she could leave the chores and go to school.


4 Stars


  1. Ask your child to count the number of chores Eze did in the book.


  1. Team the reading experience with a chore-trial fete. Introduce your child to as many household chores as possible: washing plates, doing the laundry, cooking, sweeping and dusting, clearing the table, tidying his room, bed-making, etc., and help him decide which ones he can do everyday.

CHALLENGE: No School for Eze


  1. List five household chores that you can do. Make a collage of pictures of these chores.

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 4 – 6 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Wednesday, December 23rd2015. 

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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing


Title: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Author: Judy Blume

Publisher: Puffin

Number of pages: 144

Type of Book: Fiction, Contemporary

Age: 8+

Available here: http://www.iqrabooks.com.ng/search_results.php?key=tales+of+a+fourth+grade+nothing&term=Anything&Submit=Search# and http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Fourth-Grade-Nothing-Blume/dp/0142408816 and for free download here: https://cambridgecollegelibrary.wikispaces.com/file/view/Judy+Blume-Tales+of+a+Fourth+Grade+Nothing.pdf or borrow it from ZODMLibrary, Ikoyi here: http://zodml.org/eachbook.php?id=37148 (membership of Library required)

Price: N5570; $6.29; free download or borrow for free at the Zaccheus Dibiaezue Library (ZODML) Ikoyi


9-year-old Peter Hatcher has a HUGE problem: his 3-year-old stubborn and spoilt little brother, Fudge! Fudge is the worst possible little brother to be trapped in a family with and in every chapter of this book, he finds a way to terrorize Peter, from destroying his room and his homework, to making Peter do all sorts of things to entertain/calm him down to swallowing his pet turtle. To make matters worse, everyone, especially Mrs. Hatcher gives too much attention to Fudge and this annoys Peter to no end. Peter’s convinced his mother loves Fudge more than him and he’s not her real son. But will Fudge always get his way and will Peter ever feel like his parents love him too and he’s more than ‘Nothing’? Guaranteed to make you and your child laugh-out-loud.


UP: The first in the Fudge series, this book shows sibling rivalry at its best in an honest but totally humourous way. Fudge’s antics are definitely the major highlight of the book. Other books in the Fudge series are Otherwise known as Sheila the Great, Superfudge, Fudge-a-mania and Double Fudge.

DOWN: None


4.5 Stars


  1. What did Peter think they should trade Fudge in for? A dog.
  2. When is the only time that Peter likes Fudge? When he’s asleep!
  3. One of Fudge’s favourite pastimes? Banging pots and pans together.
  4. ‘Fudge, you will eat that cereal or you will wear it!” Who said this and what eventually happened to the cereal? Peter’s dad; He dumped the bowl of cereal on Fudge’s head.
  5. This happens every time Fudge misbehaves (like when he destroyed Peter’s room and made their father lose an important account); Peter feels like this all the time? Nothing!
  6. Some fun facts about Fudge’s eating habits: He swallowed Dribble, Peter’s turtle, ate his mother’s flowers, and once, Mrs. Hatcher made Peter stand on his head to get Fudge to eat.

Read the book here: https://cambridgecollegelibrary.wikispaces.com/file/view/Judy+Blume-Tales+of+a+Fourth+Grade+Nothing.pdf

Visit Peter and Fudge here: http://www.judyblume.com/books/fudge/tales.php

Test your knowledge of the book after reading it here and get a CERTIFICATE!: http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=Tales–Fourth-Grade-Nothing

Some more on Peter and Fudge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd51NjpFnyo 

CHALLENGE: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing 


  1. What is sibling rivalry? Write a short 400-word essay

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Sunday, December 20th 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens