Reviewed by Patricia Kuntz
Niki Daly is a well known children’s picture book author/illustrator. The Children’s Africana Book Award committee has recognized his excellence in several picture books: Jamela’s Dress (1999), What’s Cooking Jamela (2001) and Once Upon a Time (2003).
Fly High, Lolo is Daly’s fourth book about Lolo, a young girl in South Africa who lives with her grandmother and mother in a matriarchal setting. Like the other Lolo titles, this is an easy-to-read novel with black and white illustrations. The chapters highlight a school play, a teen queen, a beach clean-up, and a recycling project. Lolo shows that she is willing to take risks and experiment in the school play, learns the meaning of inside and outside beauty when she meets a teen queen, tames her jealousy by working with mom’s new boyfriend on a beach cleanup, and contributes to the environmental protection of the country. Continue reading on Africa Access.
Fly High, Lolo by Niki Daly
Published by Catalyst Press Genres: Africa, Early Elementary Chapter Books
Reading Level: Grades 1-2
Review Source: Africa Access
Publisher's Synopsis: Fly high, Lolo! In this fourth installation of Niki Daly's Lolo early reader series, Lolo joins the school play, meets a beauty queen, goes on a beach clean-up, and gets resourceful at Christmastime.