Too Small Tola

Author(s): Atinuke

Full Of Heart | Real Life

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.


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Praise for Anna Hibiscus
Delightful and vivid ... captures how it feels to be any little girl anywhere.* Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian *
Atinuke's book is full of tiny, individual portraits, and the brilliant names evoke the kookiness of the characters. * The Irish Times *
Tola's determination, compassion and generosity are celebrated in this positive portrayal of a contemporary Nigerian family... Splendid black-and-white drawings feature throughout, bringing the characters and location to life with warmth and humour. * BookTrust *

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.

General Fields

  • : 9781406388916
  • : Walker Books, Limited
  • : Walker Books Ltd
  • : February 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 96
  • : Onyinye Iwu
  • : Paperback
  • : Atinuke