Nigerian author and illustrator, Segun O. Mosuro, has called on authors and publishers to improve on the quality and content of literature available for African children who are just starting to read as it will help them develop an interest in reading.
He made this charge as he introduced Monday’s Ball, a picture book for children, published by Plasmoid9 Productions in hardcopy, enhanced e-book and audiobook formats.
“Authors of children’s literature have to be more committed to providing interactive and engaging content that helps build their interest in reading”, Segun O. Mosuro said. “It is also important that we do this by telling authentic African-themed stories that children worldwide can relate to. Nigerian children should be able to see characters that look like them, in worlds like theirs in the books that they read. And children worldwide would benefit from experiencing our culture through our books.”
Monday’s Ball 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.
In his quest to buy a ball to practice the sport, Monday embarks on a thrilling adventure. Set in the riverine community of Lagos Lagoon, the book cleverly paints a picture of life on the lagoon. The themes of Monday’s Ball – the value of hardwork, practice makes perfect, and kindness to animals – make it a wholesome story for children.
Monday’s Ball is the first in a series of African-themed children’s books planned for publication by Plasmoid9 Productions under their Plasmoid9 Kids imprint.
An animated short film that ties into the book is currently in production at Plasmoid9 Productions’ animation studio.
Monday’s Ball is available for purchase locally, at Glendora (Ikeja City Mall), Tots Toys (Twin Waters, Lekki), Quintessence (Ikoyi) and Terra Kulture (V.I.),
The Bookworm Cafe (Ilupeju), and The Booksellers Ltd (Ibadan, Abuja and Abeokuta). It’s available internationally at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. A book tour to schools in Nigeria is currently in the works.
For more information about the book, please visit www.mondaysball.com