Lulu's Nana Visits
In the seventh instalment of the Lulu series, we meet Lulu’s Nana-Bibi, who arrives for a visit. We see the preparation for, as well as the visit itself – Lulu gives up her bed for her Nana-Bibi and instead gets to sleep on a blow-up mattress in a snug spot in the living room!
Amongst scenes of cooking, dancing, and going shopping, we get to see the casual loveliness of life within a Black family. Particularly memorable and striking are the pages where Lulu, her Mummy and her Nana-Bibi are plaiting their hair together, and where the family, including Lulu’s Daddy and her little brother, are having a dance party before bed.
With joyful illustrations, this book is dynamic without being overwhelming. Focusing on quiet moments between family members, and gentle affection, Rosalind Bradshaw’s richly coloured illustrations are vibrant and tender, and make this series easily recognisable.
This picture book is a great choice for introducing children to the concept of a family visit. The spare text in an easily readable font mean that beginner readers could read this on their own to gain confidence in themselves.