Too Small Tola by Atinuke


illustrated by Onyinye Iwu
Publication Date: 02 January 2020
Price: £5.99
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 9781406388916
Age: 7 years +
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Extent: 96 pages



Tola may be small, but she’s very determined

Three delightful stories about Too Small Tola, a young girl who, though small, is very determined. Tola lives in a flat in Lagos with her sister, Moji, who is very clever; her brother, Dapo, who is very fast; and Grandmummy, who is very bossy. Tola proves to be stronger than she seems when she goes to market with Grandmummy and manages to carry home a basket full of yams and vegetables, chilli peppers and fish. When the taps in the flat don’t work, it’s Tola who brings water from the well, and it’s Tola who saves the day when Mr Abdul, the tailor, needs his goods to be delivered quickly. Too Small Tola is a wonderful new character in the world of children’s books by multi-award-winning children’s writer and storyteller Atinuke.

  • The first book in a new series by Atinuke, set in Lagos, Nigeria, with all this award-winning author’s trademark charm, wit and irresistible storytelling.
  • Atinuke is a world-renowned oral storyteller and author of the hugely popular
    Anna Hibiscus and No. 1 Car Spotter series.
  • Black and white artwork throughout by Onyinye Iwu, a fabulous new talent in
    children’s book illustration.

Atinuke was born in Nigeria and spent her childhood in both Africa and the UK. As a traditional oral storyteller, drawing upon her recent Yoruba ancestry, she visits schools and theatres all over the world. Atinuke is the author of the bestselling Anna Hibiscus fiction series, as well as the No. 1 Car Spotter series, and the picture books Baby Goes to Market and B Is for Baby. Atinuke lives on a mountain overlooking the sea in west Wales and supports the charity SOS Children’s Village. Visit her online at

Onyinye Iwu is a Nigerian designer, illustrator and educator living in London. Too Small Tola is her first book.


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