This picture book is about a young boy's wish to ride the tap tap, set in Haiti, published by FSG/Macmillan.
Tap Tap Book Buzz:
Luminous, textured illustrations invite children to imagine themselves sliding around on the seat of the tap tap bus with Claude, looking out its heart-shaped windows, and bouncing down the street. The characters’ brown skin shines with dancing color, and the endpapers evoke the tropical urban landscape in all its warmth. Haitian Creole turns of phrase pepper the text, a glossary in the back supplementing contextual clues. Every young reader will resonate with Claude’s happy day. Bon bagay!
GOOD NEWS: I Want to Ride the Tap Tap was named a 2021 NOTABLE SOCIAL STUDIES TRADE BOOK FOR YOUNG PEOPLE (Children's Book Council).
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Danielle Joseph is the author of the young adult novels Shrinking Violet, Indigo Blues and Pure Red. When she's not writing, you can find Danielle relaxing with her family, traveling, or chasing after her dog, Ringo. Danielle was born in Cape Town, South Africa and currently lives in Maryland with her husband, who is from Haiti, and their three kids.
Olivier Ganthier was born in Pétion-ville, Haiti. He got his degree in fine arts from the National School of Arts (ENARTS) and is inspired by tropical urban life, Afro and Haitian culture. Olivier is art director at Les Ateliers Ganthier and lives in Petionville, Haiti.
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Indigo Blues Book Buzz:
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