Chicken in the Kitchen by Nnedi Okorafor

Chicken in the Kitchen

Winner of the Children’s Africana Book Award for Best Book for Young Readers

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! When Anyaugo follows a giant chicken into her kitchen one warm night in Nigeria, she embarks on a hilarious adventure where nothing is quite as it seems. Is the nature spirit that lives in the wooden walls of her house a help or a hindrance? Is the mischievous giant chicken a friend or a foe? Most importantly, will Anyaugo be able to save the food her aunties have cooked for the New Yam Festival the next day?

World Fantasy Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor provides us with a hugely entertaining look at the fascinating masquerade culture of West Africa, told from the perspective of a plucky young Nigerian girl who finds the courage to protect the traditions she loves.


Winner of the Children’s Africana Book Award for Best Book for Young Readers (2016)


What a joy to experience. Nnedi has written a gem of a picture book full of playful mystery, laughs and Nigerian magic. The story awakens readers in the night and then it takes them on a journey to arrive at another surprise by morning. Figuring out the giant chicken in the kitchen is a game readers will enjoy.
-Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Coretta Scott King Honor award-winning artist and illustrator.

An enchanting, evocatively illustrated adventure that will capture the imaginations of young and old alike – more, please!
-Ambelin Kwaymullina, award-winning author of The Tribe series.

Amini’s superb illustrations accompany Okorafor’s imaginative words in this enjoyable tale about a little girl’s late night adventure with a magical chicken and a nature spirit.
-African literature blog, Bookshy

Okorafor leaps into the world of picture books in a most unforgettable way with this playful, fascinating tale.
-Kirkus Books (Starred Review)