By Mopule Mohulatsi and illustrated by Mary-An Hampton (Everychild books). Guest reviewed by Uke Collins.
Mizz President is a delightful South African story about a young girl who finds herself thrust into leadership when her country needs her. Girl power rules!
Lerato writes an essay of what she would do if she was president for a day. Then the president falls ill and asks her to step in. The illustrations are colorful and the text humorous. My six year old and I really enjoyed the rhyming words. I also loved the book for its realistic representation of African people. I found Lerato’s ideas for running the country very clever and uplifting!
The president returns after recovering from his illness and asks her ‘ Tell me Lerato, why did you pamper the mamas and girls?’ And then – my favourite line – she answers ‘ Because they were tired and just who else was caring for their curls?’
Ed’s note: Mapule Mohulatsi is a South African writer and essayist studying for a Master’s Degree in African Literature at the University of Witwatersrand. Mary-An Hampton is an illustrator and designer based in Cape Town.