I Want to Ride the Tap Tap
By Danielle Joseph, illustrated by Olivier Ganthier
Format: Hardcover, 40 pp, color illus.
Age Range: 2-8 years
Publisher: New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2020
A picture book about a Black family who ride the taxi-bus service―called a tap tap―in Haiti, and the fascinating people they meet along the way. It is illustrated by a Haitian artist known for his vibrant street art.
From Monday to Saturday Claude and Manman can only walk Papa to the tap tap stop before they need to return home for school and chores. But on Sunday, Claude gets a surprise ride on the tap tap and meets all kinds of interesting people. With Haitian Creole words sprinkled throughout and a glossary at the end, I Want to Ride the Tap Tap is a warm and lively portrayal of everyday life in Haiti.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR:
Danielle Joseph is the author of the young adult novels SShrinking 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 the illustrator of Danille Joseph's I Want to Ride the Tap Tap>. He lives in Petionville, Haiti.
This bright book about a Haitian child’s special outing will have everyone wanting to ride the tap tap ... Every young reader will resonate with Claude’s happy day. Bon bagay! ―Kirkus Reviews
“... The vibrant illustrations are enough to knock this book out of the park but the exciting, satisfying storyline will make this an instant hit with many preschool listeners.”
“... Very fun and colorful, with some messages about patience and also a focus on days of the week (in Haitian Creole).”
“... Love seeing the days of the week in Haitian Creole -- so clearly related to French, but not quite.”
“... Beautifully illustrated. Wonderful story!”