Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne


illustrated by Eileen Browne
Publication Date: 05 May 2016
Binding: Board Book
ISBN: 9781406366907
Age: 3 years +
Format: 150mm x 180mm
Extent: 24 pages



In this board book edition of a picture book classic, a delightful surprise colourfully unfolds when a little girl called Handa puts seven delicious fruits in a basket to take to her friend.

A beautiful board book edition of a bestselling modern classic, this is the story of Handa, who’s part of the Luo tribe in south-west Kenya. Handa decides to take seven pieces of delicious fruit to her friend, Akeyo, who lives in the neighbouring village. But as Akeyo muses, I wonder what fruit Akeyo will like best?, a series of sneaky animals steal something from Handa’s basket, which she’s carrying on her head… When Handa reaches Akeyo, will she have anything left to offer her friend? Richly illustrated, brimming with luscious fruit and cheeky wild animals, this mouth-watering story is for the youngest of readers. In the best pantomime spirit, children will long to tell Handa what’s happening right behind her!

  • The two Handa books have sold over one million copies in more than twenty
    countries worldwide, and have both been adapted into touring puppet theatre productions.
  • A Guardian “Diverse Voices” selection: one of the 50 best culturally diverse
    children’s books in the UK since 1950.
  • Look out for the third title in the Handa series, Good Night, Handa – coming in
    Spring 2018!


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