Kabuika is from Congo. She just arrived in Chicago and wants to make new friends.
But the other children think she is different.
Her accent is different, they say.
Her clothes are different.
Her hair is different.
And she even smells differently.
Will Kabuika be able to make new friends without losing her cultural identity?
Kabuika enjoys traveling and meeting people. She had just come out of the rainforest in Congo when she heard that her first book was published. When people ask her where she is from, Kabuika replies, "I'm from ChiCongo. I'm from Chicago and the Congo." Kabuika loves to immerse herself in different cultures. She speaks French, English, Lingala and is learning Tshiluba. This book is inspired by her life story.
Bilakov is an illustrator from Congo. He lives in Kinshasa. He loves to draw comic books and mangas. Bilakov says his name means the Peace Warrior. This is his first children's book.