Why did I love this book?
While this book is a work of fiction, it is based on a real issue, young boys in West Africa forced by their Quaranic teachers to beg. That I learned something while also entertaining myself made this book one of my favorites.
Although the topic is dark, the main character, Ibrahimah, is equal parts hilarious, adorable, and annoying – in other words, your typical six-year-old. I couldn’t wait to read what misadventure would befall Ibrahimah next while at the same time not wanting to finish and have to say goodbye.
A touching story that tackles difficult issues in a way that is both whimsical and brutal, a powerful combination. Now when I see street children in Africa and elsewhere I am reminded of Ibrahimah and his friends.