Kamau and ZuZu Find a Way A Picture Book

Kamau and ZuZu Find a Way

A Picture Book

  • ISBN: 9781592704279
  • Publication Date: August 27, 2024


Price: $17.05

Kamau & ZuZu Find a Way is a stirring story of African diaspora, resourcefulness, and intergenerational love by National Book Critics Circle Award finalist andrenowned poet Aracelis Girmay, and acclaimed illustrator Diana Ejaita.

One day, young Kamau and his grandmother ZuZu wake up to find themselves on the moon. Kamau doesn’t remember Back Home, but Grandma ZuZu does, and she misses it terribly. Together, through cloth scraps and dance, letters and song, Kamau and ZuZu find a way to make a new life for themselves in this strange land: a new life which is not only rooted in the stories, memories, and traditions that ZuZu always carries with her, but which also lovingly reaches out across the vast expanse of space to connect and communicate with the family from which they’ve been separated.

Acclaimed poet Aracelis Girmay and illustrator Diana Ejaita together weave a powerful story inspired by the African diaspora, in which—despite the shock of being uprooted into this alien world, without being given any choice or explanation, and the sorrow that comes from the unfathomable distance separating them from their beloved community—Kamau and ZuZu find a way to live, as people do.


"National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and poet Girmay crafts a cosmic metaphor for the Black diaspora in this picture book illustrated by New Yorker contributor Ejaita. After Kamau and his grandmother ZuZu suddenly wake up on the moon, they must draw on the culture ZuZu lovingly remembers in order to thrive and establish connections with far-flung, much-missed relatives."
—Publishers Weekly, 12 Children’s Books by Black Authors to Read in 2024

STARRED REVIEW! ? “Girmay’s contemporary folktale uses succinct, direct language to convey the anguish of relocation and celebrate the resilience necessary to survive in a new land. Ejaita’s striking illustrations make use of flat, often textured shapes and human figures that are literally black, with fine white lines defining features... Particularly interesting is her depiction of the moon, which begins as a bleak gray landscape and gradually morphs into a colorful terrain. Reflecting on her life, ZuZu says, ‘This is not what I would have chosen... But we will have to find a way to live, as people do.’ Compelling and heartfelt.”


“[A] diasporic look at honoring legacy while finding ‘a way to live, as people do.’”

—Publishers Weekly

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