By Maureen Tai, 7 March 2021
Thank you, Omu! (pronounced “AH-moo”) (ages 5+) by Nigerian author-illustrator Oge Mora, is a heart-warming picture book about kindness, diversity and inclusion. In her apartment in North America, Omu, a kindly grandmother figure, cooks a red stew. The delicious smell wafts into the surrounding neighbourhood, enticing many hungry visitors to Omu’s door. Generous Omu graciously shares her food, but at the end of the day, will there be any left for her own dinner? The vibrant, pastel-hued, mixed-media collage illustrations and lively story will engage and entice even younger children reading with parents or with others in a group setting.