Looking for a Jumbie by Tracey Baptiste, illustrated by Amber Ren

Published by Balzer + Bray

Looking for a Jumbie: Baptiste, Tracey, Ren, Amber: 9780062970817: Amazon.com:  Books
Looking for a Jumbie: Baptiste, Tracey, Ren, Amber: 9780062970817: Amazon.com:  Books

Summary:  When darkness falls, Naya announces that she is going on a hunt for a jumbie.  Her mother tells her that night time is for sleeping, but Naya is undeterred and sets off on her quest.  She doesn’t find a jumbie, but she does run across a whole host of creatures from Caribbean mythology.  They look like monsters, but prove to be friendly and eager to join Naya in her hunt.  Alas, the jumbie proves elusive, and they all end up back at Naya’s house.  The last page shows the sun rising as Naya’s surprised mother discovers the pile of creatures all asleep in her front yard.  32 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  Another good story for Halloween, with lots of monsters that kids may not have heard of before.  The illustrations are a lot of fun and may inspire young artists to create their own monsters.  Those intrigued by jumbies can move on to Baptiste’s middle grade series about them.  

Cons:  I would have enjoyed some additional information about the different mythological creatures.

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